Install Ghost

Install Ghost

by John Vincent


Posted on March 01, 2017



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Install Ghost on Ubuntu

Useful reference

You must have set the swap for a successful installation of Ghost. Details are here

Ghost.org recommends to install Ghost in var/www/ghost

sudo mkdir -p /var/www/
cd /var/www/
sudo wget https://ghost.org/zip/ghost-latest.zip

unzip it

sudo unzip -d ghost ghost-latest.zip
sudo rm ghost-latest.zip
cd ghost/

Now we can install the Ghost dependencies and node modules (production dependencies only):

sudo npm install --production

Setting up Ghost

cd /var/www/ghost

Copy example configuration file:

sudo cp config.example.js config.js

edit configuration file:

sudo vi config.js
var path = require('path'),
    config;

config = {
    // ### Production
    // When running Ghost in the wild, use the production environment.
    // Configure your URL and mail settings here
    production: {
        url: 'http://ghost.johnvincent.io',
        mail: {},
        database: {
            client: 'sqlite3',
            connection: {
                filename: path.join(__dirname, '/content/data/ghost.db')
            },
            debug: false
        },

        server: {
            host: '127.0.0.1',
            port: '2368'
        }
    }
};

module.exports = config;

Proxy

Note:

  • use of port: 2368
  • Nginx server block
    • proxy_pass http://127.0.0.1:2368;

The proxy allows browser to use port 80.

Ownership

Change the directory ownership to your own user so that you can write to it

sudo chown -R jv:jv /var/www/ghost
cd /var/www/ghost
find . -type d -print0 | xargs -0 chmod 0755 # For directories
find . -type f -print0 | xargs -0 chmod 0644 # For files

Start Ghost

sudo npm start --production

Test Ghost

Your blog is now available on http://ghost.johnvincent.io

  • https://ghost.johnvincent.io
  • http://ghost.johnvincent.io should redirect to https