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How to Install Multiple Ghost Installations on DigitalOcean

Always make sure to backup your droplet before doing any server work.

If you already installed Ghost on DigitalOcean using the Ghost 1-Click App and want to install an additional Ghost instance on the same droplet.

I assume:

  • You are logged in to your droplet using SSH from the command line
  • Your domain name is ready and connected to the droplet IP
  • You know what you are doing :)

➊ You need the current MySQL host, username, and password.

cd /var/www/ghost/

cat config.production.json

Take notes of them. You will use them later in steps 3 and 5.

➋ Create a website directory, for example, ubud.

cd /var/www/
sudo mkdir ubud
sudo chown ghost-mgr:ghost-mgr ubud/

➌ Login to MySQL and create a new database

sudo mysql -u root -p

GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON ubud.* to 'ghost'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY '7d150600c49e7c5860be7ce03d4f8df67259176738d926ec';
  • ghost → database user
  • localhost → database host
  • 7d150600c49e7c5860be7ce03d4f8df67259176738d926ec → database password

➍ Switch to the ghost-mgr user

sudo -i -u ghost-mgr

➎ Install Ghost and follow the installation steps

cd /var/www/ubud/
ghost install

That’s all that I wanted to share today, and I hope you find this post helpful.


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