StaPy

Static Site Generator

How-to: How to host my static website for free?

How to host my static website for free?

There are many tools to publish your site for free:

And certainly still others.

In any case, you just have to share the content of the web/prod folder. Here is the way to host your website on Github Pages.

Notes:

Step 1

Order a domain name from your preferred registrar.

Step 2

Configure StaPy with the full host as the base URL for the prod environment:

source
+--- layout
   +--- common.json
{
  "url.local": "http://localhost:1985/",
  "url.prod": "https://www.example.com/"
}

Step 3

We need to tell GitHub Pages our domain name. That can be done by creating a CNAME file containing the domain.

source
+--- assets
   +--- CNAME
www.example.com

The CNAME file in the assets directory will be copied to the website root.

Step 4

Start the StaPy server and crawl all the pages:

python server.py
python tools/crawler.py

Step 5

Create a new public repository named username.github.io where username is your username on GitHub.

Step 6

Commit and push all the static files on the Github repository.

cd web/prod
git init
git add -A
git commit -m "first commit"
git branch -M main
git remote add origin https://github.com/{username}/{repository}.git
git push -u origin main

Step 7

On your Github repository, go to Settings > Pages. Enable Pages for the root directory on the main branch.

Add your custom domain (www.example.com) and enforce HTTPS.

Step 8

From the registrar, edit the DNS zone and add a CNAME record for the www subdomain:

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