Bad Gateway error when I restart server

My server has to domains hosted:

  1. One I’m using for a blog with Ghost on Nginx.
  2. One just an ordinary site with HTML and CSS files, etc.

Whenever I reboot my droplet, it comes back with this error on the Nginx/Ghost site.

502 Bad Gateway


Any ideas on what this might be happening? I fixed this the first time it happened but I made the mistake of not documenting what I did to fix it. Whatever I did to fix it was just a temporary fix because ideally this would work on restart without having to do anything. Thank you.

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Have a look in the log file - if you haven’t changed that, it should be in /var/log/nginx/error.log

Here’s what ended up working $ cd /var/www/ghost && npm install --production $ npm start --production

I want to make sure this will survive a reboot so I’m going to try again. Thanks for working with me on this today as I would have been completely lost without . your help.

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