Ghost is a straightforward and modern blogging platform. Unlike WordPress, you cannot use it for an e-commerce site or other types of websites. Ghost is only for blogging and content.
Writing articles with Ghost is really simple. It uses Markdown language rather than visual WYSIWYG editing. It is very close to the writing experience you can have on the Medium platform. You have only to focus on your content and on the layout. In addition to that, SEO and social tools are already integrated.
Ghost runs on a NodeJS server that offers good performances and a rise in load. When the hosting question comes there are two possible solutions:
- The self-hosted version is free to download and to use. You have to manage updates and maintenance of Ghost but it is cheap.
- The managed-hosted version on the own Ghost's server. You do not have to manage updates and maintenance but you pay more.
The article you are reading is running on a self-hosted Ghost server at DigitalOcean. DigitalOcean is the official hosting partner of the Ghost open source project. It provides an easy way to deploy a VPS (Virtual Private Server) through the marketplace.
I am going to detail to you how to proceed to have the same. You can use my referral link to get started if you do not have a DigitalOcean account yet. You will receive $100 in credit.
Create The Ghost Droplet
In the Manage menu go to Droplets:
Click on Create and then choose Droplets:
Choose an image from the Marketplace. Type ghost in the search bar:
You can customize your plan following your needs:
Concerning authentication, I recommend you choosing SSH keys for better security:
For a small extra cost, you can have included backups for your droplet:
Click on Create Droplet
Take notes of the VPS public IP when it is created.
Connect to The Droplet
Load your private key in your SSH agent:
$ eval `ssh-agent` # Change the path with your own private key if it is different $ ssh-add $HOME/.ssh/id_rsa
Connect to the VPS using the public IP address:
$ ssh [email protected]_droplet_public_ip
After login, ghost-cli will automatically perform an update check for all available packages. When finished, you will see a prompt. You need to fill in your domain name and email for the SSL certificate:
Ghost will prompt you for two details: 1. Your domain - Add an A Record -> xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx & ensure the DNS has fully propagated - Or alternatively enter http://xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx 2. Your email address (only used for SSL) Press enter when you're ready to get started!
Configure The Ghost Interface
Once finished, go to https://your_domain/ghost. On the welcome screen, click Create your account:
Enter your email, create a user and password, and enter a blog title:
Invite additional members to your team if you want or click I'll do this later, take me to my blog! at the bottom of the page:
Configure Ghost Settings and Theme
On the left menu, you have the menu with the posts and elements to manage :
You can configure the Ghost settings by clicking on the gear icon at the bottom left:
You can customize the branding and theme :
Ghost offers free themes to start. You need to download the theme and upload it in the interface:
Have good writing!
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