How this website was created

This website as well as HoopedOnData has been created using Ghost. The site is hosted on an AWS t2.micro EC2 instance. More details are below.

AWS Configuration:

  • Use Bitnami Ghost AMI (free) from AWS Marketplace while creating your EC2 instance.
  • Set up Elastic IP to get a public IP and point your IP to your domain using Route 53 as described here. (the domain registrar for HoopedOnData is GoDaddy)
  • Login to your EC2 instance via ssh and obtain initial account password for Ghost admin user ([email protected])
  • Next update the site for https access as described here:
sudo cat /home/bitnami/bitnami_credentials
sudo /opt/bitnami/configure_app_domain --domain
sudo /opt/bitnami/bncert-tool
# At the prompt, enter: 

Ghost Configuration:

  • Refer to the latest Ghost docs.
  • Login to using the initial set of credentials
  • Configure Ghost settings (General) and replace the default admin user with your profile.
  • Remove profile for "Ghost" user. This also removes the default posts.
  • Remove the banner by running the following command from the shell:
sudo /opt/bitnami/apps/ghost/bnconfig.disabled --disable_banner 1

Finally, thanks to this blog for the inspiration to set up a blog using Ghost.