Install Ghost on Ubuntu 18.04 with MariaDB

Ghost officially recommends to use Ubuntu 16.04 with MySQL but it runs just fine on Ubuntu 18.04 and MariaDB. The following has been tested on a f1-micro Google Cloud Cloud Compute Engine.

  1. Install the latest Node LTS

curl -sL https://deb.nodesource.com/setup_8.x | sudo -E bash -
sudo apt install nodejs

  1. Install Nginx and MariaDB

sudo apt install nginx mariadb-server mariadb-client

  1. Secure MariaDB

sudo mysql_secure_installation

  1. Install the latest version of ghost-cli

sudo npm i -g ghost-cli@latest

  1. Create a user to run the ghost-cli

sudo adduser ghostuser
sudo usermod -aG sudo ghostuser

  1. Create a new directory for Ghost

sudo mkdir -p /var/www/ghost
sudo chown ghostuser:ghostuser /var/www/ghost

  1. Log in as the new user and go to the ghost directory

su ghostuser
cd /var/www/ghost

  1. Create a database and user for Ghost

sudo mysql -u root -p
CREATE DATABASE ghost;
CREATE USER 'ghostuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'your password';
GRANT ALL ON ghost.* TO 'ghostuser'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'your password' WITH GRANT OPTION;

  1. Install Ghost

ghost install

Install Ghost on Ubuntu 18.04 with MariaDB
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