In this post, I’ll be giving you a step-by-step guide on how to update your Ghost CMS on a Digital Ocean Droplet. So let’s get started!

First of all, get access to your droplet via ssh. If you selected a One-Time-Password as your authentication method for your droplet, you can use:

ssh [email protected]<IP Address of Your Droplet>

If you selected SSH keys, on the other hand, you have to run the following command:

ssh -i /path/to/your/keys [email protected]<IP Address of Your Droplet>

After logging into your server, run:

sudo -i -u ghost-mgr

Then you need to access the ghost folder to be able to run all ghost commands properly:

cd /var/www/ghost/

Next, check if you've got the latest Ghost-CLI version by running:

sudo npm i -g [email protected]

Maybe you want to first backup all your posts before updating Ghost. It's actually not mandatory but recommended. For that, I found this article useful.

Last but not least, update the Ghost CMS with:

ghost update

If this is not working due to a lack of memory then try to run this command:

ghost update --no-mem-check

Did everything work? Yes? Then congratulations, you successfully updated your Ghost CMS on a Digital Ocean droplet. There's just one final step, which is to remove the older version.

For that, you have to go into the folder versions. If you're still at /var/www/ghost, then execute this command:

cd versions

After that, remove the older version by running:

rm -r <name of older version>

That's all folks! Thanks for reading! I hope I could help you update your Ghost CMS on a Digital Ocean droplet.

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