Upgrading Ghost v0.11.9 to latest

Hello everyone,

It’s time for me to start blogging again. I installed Ghost 0.11.9 when it came out and haven’t upgraded Ghost since then.

Since Ghost is now on version 2.1.0, I wonder if it makes sense to upgrade from 0.11.9 to 1.0 and then to 2.0. Wouldn’t it be easier to just create a new DigitalOcean droplet, install Ghost v2.1 there. Import my posts using the exporter and paste over the /content folder, too?

Kind regards,


Ghost 2.0 does not support importing content from 0.11, therefore the stepped upgrade is required. Once the tricky upgrade from 0.11 to 1.0 is done, you have access to Ghost-CLI and from there upgrades are much much easier.

Thanks for the quick response @Hannah. I’ll do that :slight_smile: I’m still running Ubuntu 14 by the way. I read that Ghost 2 recommends 16 or 18 (I guess later is more future proof). Would it be worth to upgrade my current host to 1, use the cli to 2, export all content using the 2.0 exporter and create a new Ubuntu 18 Droplet and import my blog content there?

The most straightforward flow is:

Follow the full migration guide for v0.11 → v1.0


That will take you to installing 1.0 on a new server via the v1 production install guide: https://docs.ghost.org/v1/docs/install. You can switch to using the latest versions of Ubuntu etc here.

Once you’ve got 1.0 installed, follow the migration guide for v1 → v2


This is the well documented, well tested, well understood flow and therefore the one we recommend.

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