Deploy Ghost on AWS using CloudFormation - Part 04
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🚨 Check out the latest source code if you are following along. I wouldn't trust the screenshots that much as they are bit outdated with latest updates to the code 😅🙏🏻
In the part 03 of this series we got the basic infrastructure ready. Now we can continue to build our Ghost host server on that. Before anything, its best to setup
AWS-CLI to use
Systems Manager (SSM) so that we can connect to the Ghost host without leaving the terminal. Following the AWS documentation gets us setup in few minutes.
Also we need to have a real domain name for test secure site setup etc. I always use jayforweb.com as my test domain and I use google domains as my domain registrar.
Now we have to setup the followings in our Ghost host.
- Traefik container
- Ghost container
- Route53 hosted zone
- Route53 record set
CloudFormation made this easy by providing us some helper scripts. We use
cfn-init:file to create configuration files and copy they to the appropriate places. Also we use
cfn-init:commands to install and setup
Docker-compose. Also we need to add Route53 hosted zone and the record set with our domain name.
ghost-host-setup.cfn template contains all these changes. Have a quick look 👀 if needed.
We need to add an alias record as
www.jayforweb.com to point to
jayforweb.com. I tried to create a record set for that but didn't work. So we will revisit that later.Now its time run our CloudFormation to see what it creates! [yeah, just delete the old stack to start fresh]
make create-blog-host-stack STACK_NAME=ghost-host-1
It's always handy to know where to look for any errors. On our Ghost host, we can find all the logs under
|Log files under /var/log on Ghost host|
cfn-init-cmd.log file is what we should look first. After the deployment our log shows happy faces.
|Check all the commands for any errors|
Now we can verify whether our configuration files are in place at
/data/traefik. Obviously they should be as we had no errors at all.
The site is up, with one small problem 😬. We have to tweak the
acme.json file to get the
LetsEncryption working properly. I remember got it working after few tries last time with my site,
fewmorewords.com but I don't remember how I did it 🙃. I will update this post when I work it out. But this is awesome as we got everything as code, no click-ops at all.
|YEY!! we got it working!|
We can start up, shut down the site very easily with
SSM. We have to make sure to use
sudo. Also we should run
detached mode [-d flag] when we start up the stack. Have a look at the commands in the below screenshot.
Thats it for now and hanks for staying with me so far. As always the full code is on github if you want to try this out by yourself.
Cheers 🍻 until next time!