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Hashnode is a Free Substack Alternative for the Tech community!

Hashnode is the home for tech writers and readers.

If you are looking to join a tech community or find one for your own articles you should consider a writing platform built by Tech People for Tech People.

With content ownership as our anthem and our promise to never deliver ads or block content behind a paywall, Hashnode is the go-to blogging platform for the tech community.

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You own the content

It’s your content so you should own it. Setting up Hashnode blog on your own domain takes seconds. The Hashnode blogging platform is blazing fast and comes with free SSL certification, and your articles are still delivered to the Hashnode audience even if they are on a custom domain.

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Find an audience. Instantly.

If you are part of the tech community, choosing Hashnode over Substack is a no-brainer. Writing good content on Hashnode guarantees its exposure to a wide audience of tech enthusiasts, developers, builders, and more.

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No annoying ads/pop-ups.

Content should be made available to everyone and it’s our mission to fuel learning, communities, and the distribution of knowledge. Different than Substack, Hashnode will never hide content behind a paywall.

Hashnode is a free, Substack alternative for the tech-driven community.

HashnodeSubstack
Ads
No
No
Blog on your own Custom Domain
Yes
Yes
Markdown Editor
Yes
No
Code Syntax Highlighting
Hashnode's editor automatically detects code blocks and add the appropriate syntax highlighting.
Supports code block without syntax highlighting
Access to a large Dev community
Yes, Hashnode is a tech community that draws millions of monthly pageviews.
No
Blog appearance and customization
Custom CSS
Hashnode allows you to transform the look & feel of your blog with custom CSS.
No
Automatic GitHub Backup
Yes, Your articles are automatically backed up on GitHub in markdown format.
You can't back up your articles. Hence, moving out of Substack will be difficult.
Email newsletter
Yes
Yes
Dark mode on blogs
Yes
No
Built-in analytics
Yes (country, location, device, best performing content, more)
Yes (Views tracking and referral)
Embed Third-Party Widgets
Yes
No
Audio Blogs
Yes
No
Group related posts in Series
Yes
No
Monetization
Yes (Hashnode Sponsors — 1:1 tipping platform)
Yes (Premium content blocked by a paywall)
Podcasting feature
No
Yes
Costs for blogger
Free
10% of all subscriptions
Costs for reader
Free
Between $5 and $75 for each blog with a paywall

Instantly find a tech community for your articles.

While Substack might be a good platform for lifestyle blogs, journalists and podcasts, Hashnode is the go-to community for all things tech content and the dev community.

When you post your content on Hashnode your content is exposed to over 2 million active developers, builder, indie builders, web3 enthusiasts, and other tech communities.

Ok, I'm ready. How do I make the switch?

If you're already on Substack, go to the dashboard and head over to Export section inside settings. Substack supports HTML export. Hence, use a tool to convert bulk HTML into Markdown.

Hashnode's Bulk Markdown Importer enables you to migrate your entire back catalog over to our platform in a matter of minutes.

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