A big thank you to all who shared their theme development setup, here’s what I got which is working really well on Widows 10, with the help of Linux/Ubuntu. This is for when you are self-hosting Ghost and have Shell/SSH access and have a Ghost site up and running on your VPS.
- VS Code Download Visual Studio Code - Mac, Linux, Windows
- Github Desktop https://desktop.github.com/
- WSL2 - Windows Linux Subsystem Install WSL | Microsoft Learn
- Github w Ghost Deploy Action Deploy Ghost Theme · Actions · GitHub Marketplace · GitHub
One-command install of Ubuntu on Windows 10. Amazing stuff. Then install NodeJS (18.x.x) & Ghost-CLI & Ghost in Ubuntu. Create a subdirectory in /home for your local dev, ex localghost, and run
ghost install local in this directory ie
Important: Go to your fresh local ghost install at localhost:2368 and create an admin user.
Done! Now stop ghost with
Create a zip/tar archive of the full Ghost directory on your production Ghost on the VPS.
Download to your windows machine and extract to
c:\code\ghost or similar
Also export your site contents from Ghost Admin - Labs - Export
Remove the Ubuntu-ghost /content directory
rm -rf /home/user/localghost/content
All windows drives are mounted under /mnt so link the windows dir
ln -s /mnt/c/code/ghost/content /home/[ubunutuser]/localghost/content
Start ghost with
Ubuntu Ghost now reads content from Windows
c:\code\ghost\content folder - wahoo.
Import your Production content json file in Ghost Admin - Labs - Import on local dev ghost
Install Git Desktop for Windows (truly a gift to mankind…) and create a repository in existing folder
c:\code\ghost\content\themes\mytheme and create & push this new repository to GitHub.
Get the admin API key from your production Ghost install and follow instructions at
c:\code\ghost\content\themes\mytheme in VS Code, add Handlebars and Ghost (!) helpers.
Edit theme files
Create a Commit in Git Desktop and push to GitHub. This triggers the Action and deploys your theme to production. 60 seconds later the theme is live on you production Ghost. So smooth it’s unreal.