For anyone interested in designing themes it is quite easy and fun! I put together a simple one the other night in about an hour. It's just basic HTML and CSS with some handlebars thrown in.
It isn't possible to install Ghost on a regular webserver, right? I supported Ghost through Kickstarter, but I'm rather bummed that this can't be done. I have a simple website and want a simple blog on my own domain. Not the hosted service as that would cost me $60 per year...
As long as you have shell access (command line) to install Node.js you should be able to run it.
Well, as far as I know, I don't. Most Dutch hosting companies don't offer cheap hosting packages that feature shell access. I don't know too much about hosting though.
Hi Julian, it should be no problem, but i have done it like Ben B. who also replied earlier. I set up my node daemon with Forever (can be used in many ways) and keep the port listening on 2368 which is ghost's standard port. Then i just use Apache web server with it (makes it easy to configure the blog with .htaccess and other Apache configurations), and serve it over reverse proxy. You do it like this: .... <Location /> ProxyPass http://127.0.0.1:2368/ ProxyPassReverse http://127.0.0.1:2368/ </Location> ....
Remember you need to have mod_proxy installed on your webserver. See more here: http://httpd.apache.org/docs/2.2/mod/mod_proxy.html
There many ways to do it - tell me if you have any questions :-)
I'm actually considering jumping into Ghost as I just have my VPS setup the other day.
Can someone enlighten me about the experience of blogging on ghost vs medium for example? Some first hand experience would really help me decide.
I have only used Wordpress and Ghost.
It is not very customizable yet, if you do not know about coding frontend. There is some themes you can download, with guides to installation tho.
Where i find the beauty of Ghost is in the simplicity. It is so easy and just feels right when you write a post.
Tell me if you need further help setting it up!
My previous experience with wordpress hasn't been great, because I needed something that was dead simple.
I'm not too familiar with node.js but if you know your way around it, it is flexible enough for you to do some customisation? e.g. S3 image hosting.
I love Wordpress, but mostly as a simple CMS system. Not blogging. I think you should try out Ghost - sounds like you :-)
I think you can do some customization with community help and a bit of research!
On Digital Ocean (http://digitalocean.com) you can start a cheap VPS with Ghost already installed on it actually - you just need to choose the Ghost image when you create it. This is smart!
I did use Digital Ocean and host my portfolio on it, I find digging through terminal fun and challenging. So I'm going to give your instruction a shot. Thanks!
I wrote an article the other day about installing Ghost, mine takes you through setting up multiple installs on the same server, and mapping a domain to the port via a Lighttpd proxy.