As of late I've been neglecting this website - I'll fully admit to it and take responsibility! I'll be honest, it's not a total disinterest or a lack of conceivable content, more so it's the fact that I allow myself to devote time to things that are not this particular website.
This isn't the point! I'd been logging in every now and then, having that urge to write - every time I'd be greeted with a little bar at the top of my admin panel telling me there was a new version of Ghost available! "Great!" I'd always think to myself, but since there is no auto-update for Ghost (Or, there wasn't...) I just kind of let it go for a while. I suppose I could simply blame this on the fact that I'd have to either A. replace the entirety of my Ghost directory with the upgrade files and hope it doesn't break anything I can't simply fix in a minute or two... or B. Create a new instance, install Ghost, a more recent iteration of Ghost, then run from there. Let's say when I decided I wanted to test Ghost-CLI I went for the latter over the former.
(Grab Ghost-CLI: github.com/TryGhost/Ghost-CLI)
So, I went with the B road... Opposed to replacing the files in my, then, current Ghost directory I decided to make a new droplet on Digital Ocean and test my ability to hastily launch an instance - it turns out, I've still got it. Fast forward about five minutes, Nginx installed, MySQL running, NodeJS fluxing - everything was good to go for me to get my hands on the Ghost-CLI and set up a development instance!
According to the Ghost-CLI documentation, these are the pre-requisites:
- Ubuntu 16.04
- NGINX (minimum of 1.9.5 for SSL)
- Node v6 (installed via NodeSource)
- At least 1GB memory (swap can be used)
- A non-root user for running ghost commands
- Ghost-CLI documentation
I'll be completely honest, having used Ghost as my primary blogging platform for the last few months, I didn't expect all that much from Ghost-CLI, by which I mean I expected it to encompass a slightly more steep learning curve - much to my chagrin, this was not the case by any means. Having experienced the more so, "down and dirty" installations of Ghost, which to be completely honest I do genuinely prefer, Ghost-CLI was a breath of fresh air!
The installation is quite literally as follows:
npm install -g ghost-cli@latest ghost install (for a production linux setup, including Nginx, SSL, and Systemd) ghost install local (for a local setup, useful for theme development/testing)
Granted, this did not work on my initial Ghost instance as I was running a version prior to 1.0.0 but as long as you're installing a new Ghost blog you won't run into this issue at all.
With all of that out of the way - how about we get into some of my favorite parts of Ghost-CLI?
- Upgrades made simple!
- simple, intuitive, on-the-fly configuration editor!
- Lastly, a lovely tool which will check your installation at startup for proper configuration!
ghost doctor startup
To be completely honest, I'd been mulling over the idea of moving back to another platform for this website, dare I say, Wordpress... Ghost-CLI genuinely rekindled my love for Ghost. The dedication their team is putting into their product and the incremental improvements are top-notch! I can safely say I am more than willing to recommend those I know with blogging aspirations give Ghost a fair shake now more than ever before.