If you're at all curious about how this site came together, you came to the right place.

Hosting is hosted with Digital Ocean (← referral link) on a $6.00/mo Ghost droplet that I used from their official Marketplace. Set-up and configuration was easier than I thought - in fact, I'd say it was easier than the self-hosted WordPress droplet configuration, and even that was pretty easy.

Here's what I did:

  1. Point your domain to Digital Ocean.
  2. Create the one-click Ghost droplet from the marketplace (I'm hosting this instance with 1 GBMemory / 1 Intel vCPU / 25 GB Disk / in SFO3, which is plenty).
  3. Map your domain's A (IPv4) and AAAA (IPv6) records to your new droplet. Then, wait about a half hour for things to propegate. I set my TTL (time-to-live) to 200 seconds (3:33 seconds) and it worked pretty quick; default is 3600 seconds (60 minutes).
  4. SSH into your Droplet: ssh root@use_your_droplet_ip
  5. Follow the prompts to set-up your site. You'll add your domain name and provide an email address to set up the Let's Encrypt SSL certificate.
  6. Log-in to Ghost at your_droplet_ip/ghost and create your account.

It's that easy.

Afterwards, if you want to update ghost via CLI (command-line interface), just SSH into the droplet again and fire up the ghost-mgr by typing in sudo -i -u ghost-mgr.


We all make choices. When GoDaddy CEO Bob Parson decided that he'd go shoot elephants in Africa on a captive safari, I decided to move all of my domains.

Fuck that.

I have all of my domain names registered via Namecheap, and I'll never give GoDaddy a dime of business ever again.


I made the decision to switch from WordPress to Ghost for a few reasons:

  1. System bloat with WordPress.
  2. Too many plugins, too many updates, too much of a Digital Ocean droplet resource pinch.
  3. Hyper-focus on privacy.

To be fair, there are a lot of great things about WordPress. It's generally easy to set up and use, it's 100% open source, and there's a rich tapestry of both themes and plugins to enhance the experience for site owners and visitors.

Where I really got tripped up, though, was how slow WordPress would run on that same $6/mo Digital Ocean instance that I referenced above. Ghost's marketing page "Ghost vs. WordPress" lays this pretty bare: Ghost is - thanks to running on node.js - is up to 1900% faster:

Graph of a performance test between WordPress and Ghost
Seeing is believing!

I ran a Google Page Speed test on the site - and even with a Ghost Theme that, for all intents and purposes, should slow the rendering down - still scored insanely high:

Google Page Speed Insights report for -- it scored a 98 in Performance.
A performance score of 98 was unheard of when running WordPress. Wow.


Look, I haven't done any website design or development for ages. I don't have time for that, as I detailed OnHere™ with my post "On Maintenance." With that in mind, I turned to ThemeForest and purchased the Ghost theme Arun.

It was incredibly simple to set up and customize. I really love it.

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