Installing Ghost + Node.js on Your DV Developer

Over the past few months, we’ve heard some significant buzz around a new blogging platform called Ghost. From the conceptual blog post by John O’Nolan to the overwhelmingly successful Kickstarter campaign (in which it raised $100,000 in the first 48 hours), Ghost has been on a tear. We’ve had a chance to play around with Ghost and wanted to showcase how simple it is to get started.

To begin, we’ll be using a newly provisioned DV Developer running Ubuntu 13.04 (Raring Ringtail) with Node.js. Node.js is a modern platform for building fast, scalable and efficient web applications. Because it uses an event-driven, non-blocking I/O model, Node.js is perfect for data-intensive real-time applications.

If you haven’t already, take a look at our KnowledgeBase article on installing Node.js before moving on.

Once you’ve got Node.js installed, you can download the Ghost package into your working directory:

Note: Please visit the download section of the Ghost website to ensure you are downloading the most recent, stable version.

Now, unzip the Ghost package and install the application dependencies using `npm`:

# unzip
# npm install --production

When npm is finished installing the required packages, make a copy of the configuration file:

# cp config.example.js config.js

Open the config.js file using your favorite text editor and modify the `production` section to use the IP address of your DV Developer. You can find this information in the Server Guide of the AccountCenter. The end result should look like this:

host: '[DV Developer IP address]',
port: '80'

Save the file and start the server:

# npm start --production
> ghost@0.3.3 start /var/www/ghost
> node index
Ghost is running...
Your blog is now available on
Ctrl+C to shut down

Ghost should now be running on your DV Developer IP address. To configure the administrative user, go the following URL and complete the setup:

http://[DV Developer IP address]/ghost

That’s it! If you run into trouble, be sure to check out the official documentation and comprehensive guides at Happy blogging!


  • Yowan Langlais

    Do you guys have any plans of making Ghost compatible with the Grid servers?

    • We’re working on discovery exploring possibility of Ghost on the Grid platform… we’ll keep you posted on progress! Thanks.

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