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Install Ghost 0.7.0 on Centos 6/7 and Ubuntu 15.04 – A Simple yet Powerful Blogging platform

Ghost is an alternative to WordPress; it is a simple and powerful blogging platform being used by a large number of webmasters to publish their internet content. It is a free, open source project and is written in Java. The development of this project was started in 2012 and it has been receiving consistent bug fixes and features. It has evolved into a well structured, mature application which you can trust to build your blog and dynamic websites. Let’s see how we can install it on popular Linux distributions like CentOS and Ubuntu.

Installing Ghost 0.7.0 on Centos 6/7 and Ubuntu 15.04

In order to install Ghost, we should take care of dependencies first. Here are the packages that should already be installed on our Linux system before we attempt to install or run Ghost.

  • Curl
  • Wget
  • Node.js
  • NPM

Installing Dependencies

In order to install Curl and wget on CentOS, run following command:

 sudo yum install wget curl 

In order to install Curl and wget on Ubuntu, run following command:

 sudo apt-get install wget curl 

In order to install Node.js and NPM on CenOS, run following two commands:

 sudo curl -sL https://rpm.nodesource.com/setup | bash - 
 sudo yum install -y nodejs 

In order to install Node.js and NPM on Ubuntu, run following two commands:

 curl -sL https://deb.nodesource.com/setup | sudo bash - 
sudo apt-get install -y nodejs 

Alright, our Linux system is all set to install Ghost now.

Installing Ghost

The following process for the installation of latest version of Ghost is same for both CentOS and Ubuntu.

First of all create a directory for your new Ghost installation.

 sudo mkdir -p /var/www/ 

Change your working directory to this newly created one and here download the latest version for Ghost.

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

Once the download process is complete, extract the downloaded file.

sudo unzip ghost-latest.zip 

Rename the extracted directory to something more meaningful.

 sudo mv ghost-latest ghost 

Go into the “ghost” directory and install it by using the following command:

 cd ghost 
 sudo npm install –production 

This is how the successful installation process should look like.

Ghost Installation

Once the installation process is complete, start Ghost by running the following command:

 npm start –production 

Run Ghost

Congratulations, Ghost is up and running now. Point your browser to http://locahost:2368 or http://yourIP:2368 (replace “yourIP” with your actual IP address) to access your Ghost based blog.

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Conclusion

Ghost provides a simple editor, lightweight interface and a pleasing look & feel. The development team of this project is working actively to equip it with all necessary and modern features. Hopefully, we should be seeing Ghost as a more mature and popular application in near future.

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