Ghost is a modern, open source publishing platform built on Node.js with an Ember.js admin client, a JSON API, and a theme API powered by Handlebars.js. Its default database is MySQL, connected via Bookshelf as an ORM layer, so other databases can also be used.

Our development documentation is designed to suit users who are reasonably confident working with a JavaScript technology stack, and deploying their own web applications. Developer docs cover installation & configuring Ghost, getting it production ready on a server, advanced setup options and everything you need to know about contributing to the project.

If you are not a developer, then you will be best off trying out our Ghost(Pro) service - which will set up a brand new Ghost publication for you in the space of a couple of clicks, with a 14 day free trial. User documentation can be found in our help centre.

If you are a developer but you don't explicitly want to spend time configuring, deploying, managing and updating Ghost - you should also consider checking out our Ghost(Pro) service. It's a fully managed PaaS which is no different to self hosting, it'll just save you a lot of time, whilst also funding the future development of the open source project.

Getting Started

The getting started guide under install & setup has a quick explanation of the various kinds of installs - or if you know what you want to do, jump straight into either:

Our production installation guide which is a full guide for setting up a server
The local install guide for a quick run through of how to setup on your local machine.

Once installed you'll want to complete the configuration:
Configuration - a reference guide to all Ghost config
Mail Configuration - a deep dive into mail config
Redirects - how to add redirects to Ghost

Finally we have some docs for upgrading to newer versions and troubleshooting common install issues:
Troubleshooting Ghost Imports



Need a Hand?

The fastest way to get your questions answered is to join our forum. You can live chat with active Ghost developers & users in our awesome community.