Introduction: Host Ghos Blog on Docker! 🚀
Looking to self-host your Ghost blog using Docker containers? Your search ends here! We're diving into the world of Docker Compose to guide you in effortlessly hosting Ghost with a sprinkle of enthusiasm. Buckle up; it's simpler than you think!
Step 1: Docker Compose File
Here's a version 3.1 Docker Compose file. It consists of Ghost with an Alpine image and a MySQL container:
Docker Volumes Note:
Docker volumes act as independent storage units, allowing data to survive even if containers are stopped or deleted.
If you don't use volumes, use mounts! If you don't use either YOU WILL ACCIDENTALLY DELETE YOUR ENTIRE BLOG. Be careful and make sure you use volumes or mounts!!!
The Magic of "wait-for-it":
While "depends_on" means that ghost waits for db to start, that doesn't mean the MySQL DB is ready. depends_on. wait-for-it is a script that checks that something is available before running something else. Here it makes sure the db is actually ready before starting Ghost. Download wait-for-it here:
Step 2: Run the Commands
Here comes the magic! 🎩 Execute these simple commands:
docker-compose down && docker-compose up -d
Ensure backups and understand the effects of changing versions or configurations. It's crucial, trust me!
Step 3: Enjoy Your Ghost Blog
Head over to your
localhost:2368, and there's your Ghost blog, up and running smoothly. To make your own posts, go to
We've taken a technical yet friendly ride through hosting Ghost using Docker. Have questions? Encountered an issue? I've been there! Drop a comment, and let's solve it together.
Happy hosting! 🎉