How to Install Ghost on Your Synology NAS

How to Install Ghost on Your Synology NAS

Ghost is a free and open source blogging platform like WordPress and Grav. Ghost is written in JavaScript and distributed under the MIT License, designed to simplify the process of online publishing for individual bloggers as well as online publications. Ghost CMS is actually used by millions of people. In this step by step guide I will show you how to install Ghost on your Synology NAS using Docker.

Attention: The SQlite database is no longer supported by the newer Ghost version. You can continue to use Ghost with version 5.8.3 which is the latest version available with SQlite support.
Note: If you want to install the LATEST Ghost with MySQL as database, follow my guide on how to Install Ghost Blogging Using MySQL as Database.

Note: This guide works perfectly with the latest Ghost 5.8.3 release.

  • STEP 1

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  • STEP 2

Install Docker via Synology “Package Center”.

Install Docker Synology DSM 7

  • STEP 3

Make sure you have a synology.me Wildcard Certificate. Follow my guide to get a Wildcard Certificate. If you already have a synology.me Wildcard certificate, skip this STEP.

  • STEP 4

Go to File Station and open the docker folder. Inside the docker folder, create one new folder and name it ghost. Follow the instructions in the image below.
Note: Be careful to enter only lowercase, not uppercase letters.

Ghost Synology NAS Set up 1

  • STEP 5

Go to Control Panel / Task Scheduler / Create / Scheduled Task / User-defined script. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Ghost Synology NAS Set up 2

  • STEP 6

Once you click on User-defined script, a new window will open. Follow the instructions below:

  1. General: In the Task field type in Install Ghost. Uncheck the “Enabled” option. Select root User.
  2. Schedule: Select Run on the following date then select “Do not repeat“.
  3. Task Settings: Check “Send run details by email“, add your email then copy paste the code below in the Run command area. After that, click OK.
docker run -d --name=ghost \
-p 2368:2368 \
-e url=https://ghost.yourname.synology.me \
-v /volume1/docker/ghost:/var/lib/ghost/content \
--restart always \
ghost:5.8.3

Note: Before you paste the code above in the Run command area below, change the -e url= value with your own subdomain and synology.me DDNS. As you can see in the screenshot below, I have used my own synology.me DDNS plus a subdomain: https://ghost.mariushosting.synology.me

ghost is a subdomain – you can choose any name you want; it doesn’t have to be ghost.
mariushosting
is my own name; you have to use your own name.
synology.me
is the DDNS itself.

Ghost Synology NAS Set up 3 new

Note: You can also use your own domain name, but in this case there are some additional STEPS needed so it’s better to contact me about it.

  • STEP 7

After you click OK on STEP 6 a new warning pop up window will open. Click OK.

Ghost Synology NAS Set up 4 new

  • STEP 8

After you click OK on STEP 7, select your “Install Ghost” Task then click the “Run” tab. You will be asked to run Install Ghost – click Yes. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Ghost Synology NAS Set up 5

  • STEP 9

Go to Control Panel / Login Portal / Advanced Tab / click Reverse Proxy. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Ghost Synology NAS Set up 6

  • STEP 10

Now click the “Create” button. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Ghost Synology NAS Set up 7

  • STEP 11

After you click the Create button, the window below will open. Follow the instructions in the image below.

On the General area, set the Reverse Proxy Name description: type in Ghost. After that, add the following instructions:

Source:
Protocol: HTTPS
Hostname: ghost.yourname.synology.me
Port: 443

Destination:
Protocol: HTTP
Hostname: localhost
Port: 2368

Ghost Synology NAS Set up 8

  • STEP 12

Go back to STEP 1 or you will deal with karma 🙂

  • STEP 13

Now open your browser and type in https://ghost.yourname.synology.me/ghost In my case https://ghost.mariushosting.synology.me/ghost If everything goes right, you will see the Ghost installation page. Note: Don’t forget to add /ghost at the end of your DDNS to access your dashboard. Add your own Site title, your Full name, your Email address and choose a strong password. Click Create account & start publishing. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Ghost Synology NAS Set up 9 new

  • STEP 14

Start to customize your new ghost website. Click Customize your site. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Ghost Synology NAS Set up 10 new

  • STEP 15

Add your own logo, site description, icon and cover then click Save at the top right of the page. Follow the instructions in the image below.

Ghost Synology NAS Set up 11 new

Enjoy Ghost!

Ghost Synology NAS Set up 12 new

Note: If you want to install Ghost with MySQL as database, follow my other Ghost Installation guide.
Note
: Your live website will be at https://ghost.yourname.synology.me and your administrator dashboard will be at https://ghost.yourname.synology.me/ghost
Note: Can I run Docker on my Synology NAS? See the supported models.
Note: Find out how to update the Ghost container with the latest image.
Note: How to Free Disk Space on Your NAS if You Run Docker.
Note: You can also use your own domain name, but in this case there are some additional STEPS needed, so it’s better to contact me.
Note: How to Schedule Start & Stop For Docker Containers.
Note: How to Activate Email Notifications.
Note: How to Add Access Control Profile on Your NAS.
Note: How to Change Docker Containers Restart Policy.
Note: How to Use Docker Containers With VPN.
Note: Convert Docker Run Into Docker Compose.
Note: How to Clean Docker.
Note: How to Clean Docker Automatically.
Note: Best Practices When Using Docker and DDNS.
Note: Some Docker Containers Need WebSocket.

This post was updated on Friday / August 26th, 2022 at 10:48 AM