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How to Install the Ghost blogging platform on Debian Wheezy with Nginx

Ghost is a new, opensource blogging platform licensed under MIT license and actively developed by a small and talented team of designers and developers.
In this blog post we will show you how to install Ghost on a Debian 7 (Wheezy) VPS with Nginx.

The following command will install all necessary packages

sudo apt-get install python g++ make checkinstall nginx-full git curl

Compile and install nodejs

cd /usr/src/
wget http://nodejs.org/dist/node-latest.tar.gz
tar xzvf node-latest.tar.gz && cd node-v*
./configure && checkinstall

When the dialog window opens, enter ‘3’ and remove the “v” in front of the version number.
Install nodejs with the following command

dpkg -i node_*

Install Ruby using RVM

curl -L https://get.rvm.io | bash -s stable --ruby

Start RVM with:

source /usr/local/rvm/scripts/rvm

Install sass sqlite3 and bourbon gems

gem install sass
gem install bourbon
npm install sqlite3

Install Ghost

Clone the the Ghost git repo via SSH.

git clone git@github.com:TryGhost/Ghost.git

and run the following commands

cd Ghost/
git submodule update --init
npm install -g grunt-cli
npm install
grunt init

Open config.js and add your domain name.

To start Ghost, run:

node index.js

By default Ghost is listening on

Create a new nginx  virtual host

vim /etc/nginx/sites-available/yourDomain.com
server {
 listen       80;
 server_name  yourDomain.com;
   location / {
     proxy_pass        http://localhost:2368/;
     proxy_set_header  Host $host;
     proxy_buffering   off;
ln -s /etc/nginx/sites-available/yourDomain.com /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/yourDomain.com
/etc/init.d/nginx restart

That’s it. Now open your browser and navigate to your domain.

For more info about the Ghost blogging platform please go to: https://github.com/TryGhost/Ghost

Of course you don’t have to do any of this if you use one of our Linux VPS Hosting services, in which case you can simply ask our expert linux admins to install this for you. They are available 24×7 and will take care of your request immediately.

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  • Nice tutorial, just installing my second ghost blog and again stumbled across your post. One thing, in the first code box you wrote apt-get install sudo apt-get install which is kinda wrong ;)