Now live on EC2

So after finally migrating content off my ISP's static page hosting onto an EC2 instance (t2.micro, Debian/Jessie) running nginx, what to do with this new found VPS freedom? Self-host ghost of course!

It seems to be traditional for a first ghost post to describe the process of setting it up. This (as the Jessie EC2 images' admin user) worked for me (NB this is all after nginx was all up and running and serving static content from /var/www just fine):

cd ~
sudo apt install nodejs npm

# See /usr/share/doc/nodejs/README.Debian for why:
sudo ln -s /usr/bin/nodejs /usr/bin/node   

sudo npm install ghost 

cd node_modules/ghost
sudo npm install
npm start

...and that got me a ghost running at localhost:2368. (I subsequently discovered it might have been a good idea to add a --production to the ghost install to reduce the amount of cruft fetched.) Anyway, Ctrl-C-ed that, configured node_modules/ghost/config.js (just the couple of url lines needed changing), configured nginx to proxy to ghost (there's a ton of info on the web how to do this; obviously it needed DNS setting up for that subdomain too), and restarted with

npm start --production

And that gave me After setting up as a user in Ghost (all done through the web UI), the only thing remained was to make sure it'll run automatically. There's various options listed here; I went for "supervisor" with /etc/supervisor/conf.d/ghost.conf containing:

command = node /home/admin/node_modules/ghost/index.js
directory = /home/admin/node_modules/ghost
user = admin
autostart = true
autorestart = true
stdout_logfile = /var/log/ghost.log
stderr_logfile = /var/log/ghost_err.log
environment = NODE_ENV="production"

And a reboot of the instance confirms everything comes back nicely afterwards. Super!