Ghost posts and pages can easily include widgets as part of the post content. If you have a site that'll give you an embed code in an iframe, it'll probably work on Ghost.
The workaround for newsletters is to put something representing the content (perhaps a static image) and to link it to the actual post on the website, so that when the user clicks it, they go to the post and get the real content. This is somewhat imperfect, and needs its own post one of these weeks.
Ready for some ideas about what to embed? Read on!
While I'm here, let me link a few places to look for widgets that aren't free, but that have a nice range of offerings. (If you're still reading in your email client, please don't! The embeds below aren't going to work. Visit the website!)
Elfsight has a huge collection of widgets. The free tier is enough to evaluate whether a widget is not going to work, but not much more than that. Some of the widgets on offer are things that really don't need to be widgets. (Share buttons? Really?) But some things, like the Facebook integration below, are complicated enough that you might decide they were worth paying for:
Like Elfsight, it's a mix of trivial things you could easily implement with just a little HTML, and huge things like this jobs board:
That's pretty cool. I get a lot of requests for job boards and classifieds. While it's possible to build a Ghost solution (with some limitations), I can see this appealing to some of my clients, especially if they're looking to get something online RIGHT NOW and want to minimize current spending, at the expense of a higher monthly burn.
Thanks for reading! What other widget types should I test? What other widget providers did I miss? Use the comments below!
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!