Personal Website Guide 3: Setting up Ghost Blog on DigitalOcean Droplet

A simple quick start guide on setting up Ghost blog on a DigitalOcean Droplet, along with NodeJS, MySQL.

Personal Website Guide 3: Setting up Ghost Blog on DigitalOcean Droplet

Read this for setting up a new website domain on DigitalOcean's Droplet running Nginx server.

This post is written as a personal reference. Detailed guides are linked across this article.

Install NodeJS

Follow this guide on installing NodeJS

Add custom nodesource instead of installing from apt-get:
sudo apt update cd ~ curl -sL -o sudo bash sudo apt install nodejs

The above would install the latest version, 10.x around the time of this post. npm package manager is also installed along with this.

Install MySQL

Follow this on installing MySQL on Ubuntu 18.04

Ghost CLI application

Make sure NPM is installed:
sudo npm i -g ghost-cli

Create a new directory for your ghost blog:
sudo mkdir /var/www/ghost

Make sure ownership and permissions are in order:
sudo chown $USER:$USER /var/www/ghost sudo chmod 775 /var/www/ghost

Installing and Configuring Ghost

Switch to the /ghost folder and run:
ghost install

Make sure domain name has been configured through the DigitalOcean dashboard or SSL certificate creation will fail.

Spent 3 hours debugging SSL and all I had to do was refresh Chrome's cache and allow cookies from my domain as initial incorrect SSL had blocked all [*] cookies.

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