Written by: Geoffrey Callaghan

GitLab Pages Tutorial

Gitlab Pages Tutorial

GitLab Pages is a feature of GitLab that allows you to host static websites directly from your GitLab repository. Here’s a step-by-step tutorial to help you set up GitLab Pages:

  1. Create a GitLab Repository:

    • Log in to your GitLab account and create a new repository for your website.
    • You can do this by clicking on the ”+” icon in the top navigation bar and selecting “New project”.
  2. Push Your Website Files:

    • Once your repository is created, push your static website files to the repository.
    • You can do this using Git commands or by using GitLab’s web interface to upload files.
  3. Enable GitLab Pages:

    • In your GitLab repository, navigate to “Settings” > “Pages”.
    • Toggle the “Pages” switch to enable GitLab Pages for your repository.
  4. Configure Pages Settings:

    • After enabling GitLab Pages, you’ll need to specify the source directory and the branch containing your website files.
    • By default, GitLab Pages expects your website files to be in the public directory of the master branch. You can adjust these settings if necessary.
  5. Commit and Push Changes:

    • Once you’ve configured GitLab Pages settings, commit and push your changes to your repository.
    • GitLab Pages will automatically detect the changes and start building your website.
  6. View Your Website:

    • After the build process is complete, GitLab will provide you with a URL where your website is hosted.
    • You can access your website by visiting this URL in your web browser.
  7. Custom Domain (Optional):

    • If you have a custom domain, you can configure GitLab Pages to use it.
    • In your repository’s “Settings” > “Pages” section, you can add your custom domain and configure DNS settings.
  8. Continuous Deployment:

    • GitLab Pages supports continuous deployment, meaning your website will automatically update whenever you push changes to your repository.
    • This makes it easy to iterate on your website and see changes reflected in real-time.
  9. Additional Features:

    • GitLab Pages integrates seamlessly with other GitLab features like CI/CD pipelines, allowing you to automate build and deployment processes for your website.

That’s it! You’ve now successfully set up and deployed your static website using GitLab Pages. It’s a simple yet powerful way to host your web projects directly from your GitLab repository.