How do we know if Ghost is a suitable blogging platform for us?
The best way perhaps is to install Ghost Blog locally and try it out to see how well it work for us. So, let’s get started with this guide. 😋
1. Install Node.js
2. Install Ghost command line tool
$ sudo npm install -g ghost-cli
3. Install Ghost locally using command line tool
~/Documents directory and create an empty folder
ghost to install Ghost.
$ cd ~/Documents
$ mkdir ghost
Then, navigate into the
ghost folder and print current working directory to make sure you are at
$ cd ghost
Next, install local version of ghost.
$ ghost install local
If the installation is successful you should see something like this in your terminal.
4. Setup an admin account
Now copy paste the 2nd URL in the terminal into your browser to setup the admin account for Ghost.
In my case, the URL is
You will see the welcome page to setup the Ghost admin account.
After going through the setup process of admin account, you will be able to see the admin dashboard.
5. Try it out!
Congratulations, now you have successfully setup the ghost blog locally! ✌️
Feel free to experiment it out as you like. Try publishing some dummy blog post:
And proceed to
http://localhost:2368/ to view your blog posts. In case you haven’t notice, it is the same URL as admin page without the
Boom! The test blog post has been successfully added.
6. Start/Stop the ghost blog
To stop the Ghost blog server, simply head back to the terminal and execute
$ ghost stop
Make sure you are at
~/Documents/ghost/ directory when executing the command above.
Now the Ghost Blog is not available at the URL anymore. To start Ghost again next time, simply go to
~/Documents/ghost/ directory to start the local server.
$ cd ~/Documents/ghost/
$ ghost start
Note: Local installs are not for production
According to Ghost Official Documentation,
ghost install localto create a minimal install and then hacking it for production use is an anti-pattern.
Hopefully you are able to decide whether Ghost is a suitable blogging platform for you after playing around with it. 😃
Please let me know how it goes in the comments below. Thank you for reading! 😊