Github Pages is a service that Github offers which hosts websites for you. There is an option for either generated websites (like this one) using Jekyll, a website generator. Generated websites are websites where there is for example a blog post template and you just write your post in a text box and then the generator makes the static webpages. There is also an option for hosting non-generated static webpages like in my HTML and CSS Basics tutorial. In this tutorial, we will learn how to host non-generated static webpages using Github Pages. You should have already read my tutorial on Github Basics and have Visual Studio Code installed.

First you create a repository on Github Desktop like in my Github Basics tutorial. Then, open the repository folder from the repository you created earlier:

VSCode Open Folder

In my case, the repository folder name is my-first-app.

If you hover over the folder name, some icons should pop up like below.

VSCode Hover Folder

Click the first icon, which creates a new file, and make a file named .nojekyll. This tells Github Pages that your repository is a simple static page one and not a Jekyll one. Press Enter to save the file.

VSCode Create .nojekyll

Now in Github Desktop, we can commit the files to git and push them to the server:

Github Desktop commit

Now go to your Github repository on the Github website. My repository name is my-first-app and my username is nicholasday, so the url for me would be

Github repo online

Click on the Settings link, and scroll down until you see Github Pages Settings header.

Github Pages Settings

Click on None and select the master branch option. What this does is build your Github Pages website from your master branch rather than a different branch that you have created.

Github Pages Select Master

Don’t forget to save your selection!

Github Pages Save Master

The page should reload and if you scroll back down to Github Pages Settings there should be a website link. For me it’s

Website Link

Previously, in my Github Basics tutorial we created a file called test.txt. So we go to the url they showed us earlier, and add /test.txt. The url would then be As you can see VSCode and the website both have the same page!

VSCode Test File Website Test File

If you want something to show up when you just go to a folder, place an index.html file in that folder. So if we want something to show up when we go to, we create an index.html in the base repository folder. Then, all you have to do is commit it to Github and push it to their servers. It should show up almost immediately on your website.

Create Index Index Website

Feels good, right? You can now show people your work by sending them a nice link!

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