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Ghost Scaffolding


I believe that upgrades should be simple, as such, I really hate dealing with zips and messing around in Ghost's core directory just to get the thing updated. Being the lazy developer that I am, I created this mini-project called Slight Ghost - a simple scaffolding for a Ghost blog, optimised for streamlined updates.


Make sure git and node is installed before attempting to install slight-ghost

# Ubuntu
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:chris-lea/node.js 
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install git node

Installing is as simple as a git clone. First clone the scaffolding.

cd /var/www/ 
git clone ghost
cd ghost

Clone the default theme.

git submodule update --init --recursive

Install Ghost and its dependencies.

npm install

Copy the sample configuration file.

cp config.sample.js config.js

And edit config.js for your own needs.

nano config.js

Note: Make sure to include the paths.contentPath directive.

Done! Checkout the Upgrade section for information on how to upgrade.


Run slight-ghost just like the normal installation of Ghost. I recommend using Upstart to keep Ghost running (

node index.js


index.js will automatically set Ghost into production mode. An export NODE_ENV=production is not needed.

Make sure to change the permissions of the content directory!


Update the base scaffolding and the default theme using git.

git pull --recurse-submodules

Updated and install any new dependencies using npm.

npm install

Done! Ghost has been updated to the latest stable revision - no need to deal with those pesky zips.


Update the content directory. This is normally not required.

Switch the repository to a scratch branch.

git checkout ghost

Get the latest stable version of Ghost to base the scaffolding off of.

git pull stable

Switch back to our original branch.

git checkout master

Merge the content directory to the scaffolding.

git checkout ghost -- content

Done! The content directory should now be updated to the latest version of Ghost.


This project is under the MIT license, fork away!