Thanks to for showing me how trivial it is to host static files on ghost. Now, rather than scp to another server, I can tar on my Ghost host and download over HTTP(S). sudo mkdir /var/www/static; sudo tar -zcf /var/www/static/images.tar.gz /var/www/ghost/content/images; sudo vim /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/ghost; location /static/ { alias /var/www/static/; } Now I can save in the same place as export.json. PS: There's definitely a way to get that json in the same tar... just got to look in closer when I have more time.