Rapid Ghost
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Rapid Ghost

Experience effortless blogging with Ghost
4.9 (5 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
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Created by Packt Publishing
Last updated 1/2015
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Install Ghost on a remote Linux server from a command line and on a Mac for testing and development
  • Configure your blog with Ghost’s config.js file
  • Manage your Ghost process and keep it running with PM2
  • Migrate data from WordPress to use on Ghost
  • Install third-party Ghost themes for use on your blog
  • Enable third-party plugins such as Disqus for comments
  • Enable third-party plugins such as Disqus for comments
  • Use the Markdown language to make your content attractive
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  • Any prior web development or CMS experience is not essential.

Rapid Ghost shows you how to build and host a beautiful blog with Ghost. Begin by installing Ghost and spend time configuring and customizing your new/existing blog to meet your wants and needs. You will then learn how to customize the look and feel of your blog. This is where you will become an expert in utilizing the simplicity of Ghost and create attractive and powerful content for your readers quickly.

By the end of this course you'll have a fully functional, elegant hosted Ghost blog to share your stories with the world.

About the Author

Dane Grant is a web developer located in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He’s driven by a passion for creating digital products. When he’s not working on a new project he’s enjoying the world around him.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is ideal for anyone who is interested in blogging or becoming a Ghost power user.
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Curriculum For This Course
24 Lectures
Welcoming Ghost
4 Lectures 14:00

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What is Ghost?

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What is NodeJS?

Ghost may be very different from any CMS you have used in the past. This course will teach you everything you need to know to be a master of your Ghost blog.

Course Objectives

Ghost is still brand new and some of the planned features have yet to be implemented. We will see what features and updates are on the roadmap and when we can expect them to be released.

The Ghost Roadmap
Hosting and Installation
5 Lectures 20:18

Ghost cannot be run on most shared hosting services. We will help you pick the right hosting service for your Ghost blog.

Preview 04:08

Ghost can be difficult to setup without server admin experience. Simplify the process with Ghost’s managed hosting solution.

Ghost Pro

If you decide to use an unmanaged hosting service, you most likely need to install Ghost on a Linux server. So in this video, we will use a Linux terminal to install Node.js and Ghost.

Ghost On Linux

Many people want to develop themes or plugins for Ghost. Install Ghost locally on your Mac.

Ghost On Mac

Ghost has releases that are coming out with amazing new features. Upgrade Ghost to the latest version so that you can take advantage of all the new features.

Upgrading Ghost
Setting Up and Configuring Your Blog
5 Lectures 17:11

ConfigJS holds important options that relate to Ghost. We will learn what these options are and what they do to ensure your blog is configured perfectly.

Preview 03:52

Without the e-mail setup, you can lose access to your account. Setup your e-mail to recover your password.

Setting Up the e-mail

When using npm start, your blog will shut down after you exit the current terminal session. You need to install a node process manager called pm2 to keep your blog up and running 24/7.

Keep Your Blog Running

Many of us already have a blog running on WordPress. Don’t worry; it’s quick and easy to migrate your posts over to your new Ghost blog.

Importing from WordPress

You want your users to know about yourself and your blog. Fill out Ghost’s blog and user settings.

Blog and User Settings
Themes and Add-Ons
5 Lectures 17:33

The more you know about how Ghost themes work, the more cool things you will be able to do with your blog. So, we are going to learn about the files and structure that make up a Ghost theme.

Preview 04:34

Before you officially launch your new blog, there is no doubt that you are going to want it to look awesome. Luckily, we can find great free and premium themes that can be used for Ghost.

Finding Themes

Now that we’ve found a great theme to use with our blog, how do we use it? We need to install and activate this theme in our Ghost blog.

Installing Themes

Ghost does not come with an out of the box solution for commenting. We will install Disqus comments in order to allow commenting on our blog posts.

Adding Disqus Comments

Ghost Pro offers some basic visitor stats. Install Google Analytics to get more detailed information on your blogs' traffic.

Adding Google Analytics
Blogging and Publishing
5 Lectures 14:30

Ghost posts are marked up with Markdown. Learn how to mark up your posts with Markdown.

Preview 03:39

Until you’ve published content with your Ghost blog, you won’t be able to appreciate how easy it actually is. Now that we’ve learned about Markdown, we will try to get comfortable with creating content for Ghost by writing our first blog post.

Creating Your First Post

Ghost has several ways in which you can include images in your posts. We will learn about all of the available methods in order to effectively use them in our posts.

Inserting Images in Your Posts

Ghost doesn’t have the option to upload and automatically insert media in your posts. Learn how to store and embed media files for third-party websites.

Embedding Audio and Video

Most articles aren’t completed in one sitting. Let’s learn how to effectively manage our drafts and content in Ghost.

Managing Your Content
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