Ghost had formulated lots changes when they released version 1.XX. So, when you try to upgrade from 0.11 to 1.XX, you can follow the following steps.
FYI, you can also use the following steps if you want run Ghost in Docker and import your existing settings. Just Skip Step 1, 2, 7, 8.
Export backup ︎
Run your Ghost server and go to adminsite by
localhost:2368/ghost (assuming its running in 2368 port). Now go to Labs_>_Export Your Content. Click there and export your backup
Rename old content ︎
Renamed your content directory as old content and copy your exiting images, themes from that directory and put them in new folder named content.
Copy to a seperate directory ︎
Copy content directory to a seperate folder where your dockerized ghost files will exist.
Create cocker compose file ︎
docker-compose.yml file like this:
version: "2" services: ghost: image: ghost:latest container_name: g01 ports: - "2368:2368" volumes: - ./content/images:/var/lib/ghost/content/images - ./content/themes:/var/lib/ghost/content/themes - ./content/apps:/var/lib/ghost/content/apps - ./content/data:/var/lib/ghost/content/data
Here you can see that your content directory is syncing with Ghost container’s content directory through volume sharing. BTW you need to have Python and docker-compose in your local machine. Install docker compose by
pip install docker-compose
Start docker containers ︎
docker-compose up. It will start up your ghost server. Access it via
Setup ghost admin ︎
For new Ghost users and those whom are migrating, you need to go adminsite using
localhost:2368/admin and setup your ghost admin.
Import file ︎
This step is also for migration. Go to Labs_>_Import Your Content, then import the
json file from Step 2.
Change Theme ︎
This step is also for migration only. Go to Design section in admin site. You can see the themes which can be used in here. FYI, if your theme does not appear, don’t worry.
- Just create a zip file of your particular theme in themes folder.
adminsite>Designsection, click on upload a theme. Then try to upload the zip file. It will show errors where the changes needs, fix the errors, and import again.
Regarding updating handlebar files ︎
One important thing to mention, if you update any handlebar files in the theme, then you need to restart the docker container to see the change in the frontend. Just run
docker-compose stop and
In conclusion ︎
Thats it. You have a docker powered ghost blog 😄.
You can find a working example in my github repo.
Last updated: July 2, 2020