Getting Started

This tutorial describes how to install the open source Ghost blogging platform on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS at Digital Ocean. You’ll want to have a domain name or sub-domain registered for the app, e.g. If you don’t have a registrar or need more information, I recommend NameCheap.

Creating Your Server Instance

Sign up at Digital Ocean now, the process is simple and only requires your email and password:


Digital Ocean’s cloud instances are called Droplets. Once you sign up, you can create your first Droplet using the selections below. You’ll want to have a hostname (domain or sub-domain name) chosen for your site in mind. Here’s the main menu at Digital Ocean:
Create your droplet at Digital Ocean for your Ghost Blog

Select Create Droplet and type in your domain name as the host name. Choose the $5/mo. option to begin:Create Your Droplet



Select the geographical region nearest to you:

Select the Region for Your Digital Ocean Droplet


Select the prepared image for Ghost 0.5.x on Ubuntu and click Create Droplet:Choose Application Ghost 0.5 on Ubuntu

You’ll see the Droplet creation progress bar:
Creating Your Droplet

Creating a droplet only takes a minute. Digital Ocean will email you your IP address and root password. You’ll arrive at the Console page for your new Droplet:

The Digital Ocean Droplet Created Screen

Once you have your IP address, you can begin the process of mapping your domain name to the droplet e.g. to your IP address. Visit your domain registrar’s DNS settings and change the A record for your to the new IP address e.g.

Wait until your DNS changes propagate (sometimes up to several hours or more – check them here), try to connect via SSH using your domain and the password provided in the Digital Ocean email. Visit your domain name in your web browser and you should see the new Ghost home page:

Ghost Blogging Home Page


Visit the administration page to set up your Ghost blog e.g.


And, you’re ready to start blogging with Ghost. Next, read the Getting Started with Ghost documentation. Also, follow my Tuts+ author page for my upcoming tutorial on Ghost 0.5.

Please feel free to post corrections, questions or comments below. I’d be especially interested in alternate approaches. You can also reach me on Twitter @reifman or email me directly.

Posted by Jeff Reifman

Jeff is a technology consultant based in the Pacific Northwest.

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