There seem to be lots of folks bailing out of Substack right now, so I'm fielding questions about how to migrate to Ghost. Nazis? New year, new host? I'm not sure.
Substack to Ghost migration of content should be pretty smooth, especially with the new migration tools available in the Ghost settings area.
Be sure to put a little thought into not breaking your current links. I talk more about all the logistics in this article:
Is redirecting from Substack impossible? Well, I thought so. And then, I realized that maybe it wasn't. If you configure a custom domain with Substack (one time charge of $50), they redirect your subdomain.substack.com traffic to that custom domain.
[If you have done this, I'd love to hear about it. Use the comments.]
I have a retainer client hosted on Ghost, whose old Substack subdomain now redirects to Ghost. I don't actually think he accomplished this on purpose. I think that what happened is that he used to have a custom domain on Substack, and so hissubdomain.substack.com was set up to redirect to hisdomain.com back when substack hosted it. Then he moved to Ghost, so now hisdomain.com's DNS points at Ghost. But see, it looks like Substack never noticed. (It's been 6 months plus since he moved.) The 301 redirect from hissubdomain.substack.com (managed by Substack) still points at hisdomain.com, but hisdomain.com is now on Ghost.
So... while I can't promise you you'll get the same outcome, I've got a concrete example of where that happened.
Hey, before you go... If your finances allow you to keep this tea-drinking ghost and the freelancer behind her supplied with our hot beverage of choice, we'd both appreciate it!