Selfhosted Ghost blog (BETA)

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Ghost

It´s new, it´s fresh and we have got it!

Ghost is a rising star on the Internet and the talk of the town for us web-nerds. With a brilliant and simplistic way of looking at blogging Ghost aims to take things to the next level of ease. While praising WordPress and similar CMS-tools they also say that not much has happened with the blogging softwares in the last decade. WordPress for instance, have grown up and is now more about content management and building websites which it does well, says Ghost.org. The blogging however, well why not make something completely new and try once again to revolutionize the phenomenon.

This is exactly what Ghost is trying to do and so far, they have done a great job convincing many of us and our customers. Just have a look at their video and decide for your self. When you are done, and if you also feel that this is the tool for you, have a go at our brand new Ghost image in City Cloud.

 

The image

Ghost is a Free, Open Source, Node.JS-based platform for blogging. Ghost.org are doing their best to launch a hosted version of the platform as soon as possible but they have already released the selfhosted one. Just like with WordPress, we have installed and configured an image containing Ghost so all you have to do is to start a virtual machine with this image and start your blog.

Our release notes

Ghost – Blogging Platform
Created with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

Extra tools installed:
Ghost 0.3.2
Nginx 1.1.19
Node.js 0.10.20

You need to change the URL that Ghost uses for links and posts (needs root permissions, change it with for example sudo nano /var/www/config.js).
Make sure that you replace my-ghost-blog.com with your domain after url:
When this is done, you will have to restart ghost (sudo service ghost restart)

To register an account when you have edited the settings you just go to yourdomain.tld/ghost

BETA

Our release of the pre-installed Ghost image, that you can easily launch with a few clicks inside City Cloud, is in BETA. What this means is that we encourage you to try the software but recommend you to think twice before starting a mission critical blog on the platform.

How to

UPDATE: If you are new to City Cloud, use GHOSTUS when you register to get €50 worth of free cloud hosting.

If you are new to City Cloud you need to register an account with us. Go to https://www.citycloud.com/register/ and follow the instructions. When you have logged in to the control panel at https://citycontrolpanel.com Click Servers – Create new server. This is where you choose which application you wish to install and also where you choose your hardware template. Ghost runs perfectly fine on 1Core 512MB RAM but you can always upgrade whenever you need.

Click List by application – CMS to find the Ghost image.

When you are done, just hit Launch server and you are on your way.

Setting up Ghost

When your server has been created, you are ready to start using Ghost. Just wait a few seconds for the server IP to show up (where it says Interfaces) and go to that IP-adress to show your blog. To get to the admin area, add /ghost to that IP.

screenshot

Now there are a few things you might want to do with your blog from there on, like adding a domain name and perhaps importing some posts form other blogging platforms. For more information on how to do the things you want done, please visit the Ghost.org forum and dont forget the last part of our release notes for the image:

You need to change the URL that Ghost uses for links and posts (needs root permissions, change it with for example sudo nano /var/www/config.js).
Make sure that you replace my-ghost-blog.com with your domain after url:
When this is done, you will have to restart ghost (sudo service ghost restart)

To register an account when you have edited the settings you just go to yourdomain.tld/ghost

Heads up!

One thing that this first version of Ghost don´t have is the revolutionary dashboard. Bummer, but the gost software is still so slick and cool that one might want to start using it right away anyways.

 

We hope you enjoy our latest City Cloud image and like you, many of us cant wait for Ghost.org to release more features. Happy blogging!