Github Pages Setup

GitHub pages is a free service Franklin OIT has used to provide individuals needing a more custom or DIY approach to managing their own content and website. Franklin OIT provides advice and some basic documentation on how to setup a free account and website hosting but does not provide any additional services or support for the solution outside of this document.

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Github pages is a good solution for someone with a standard HTML site without any special programming needs.

Step 1: Create Account.

Go to and click the "Sign up" link in the top right corner.

See screen capture below for the information you will need to provide. Make the username relevant to your organization. Notice my username is stephanie-lynn-226. This will be important later. 

Step 2: Choose Account Type

We recommend choosing "teacher" with 2-5 members so that you will be able to collaborate your account with a member of our support staff so we can assist with moving the files from your old site to Github pages. 

Step 3: Choose Account Level

We have found that the free account provides everything you need to host a single HTML web site.

Step 4: Create your repository

Click the Green "Create Repository" button. 

Next, create a name for your repository. This step is very important. You will need to name your repo such that it will need to have your username in it.

In this example, my username is stephanie-lynn-226. I named my repo ""  If you do not name your repo with, the files will not be viewable via web browser. 

Step 5: Add all of your web files to the repository

Here is documentation provided by github. We are not able to provide technical support for this part of the process

Step 6 (optional): Setting up custom domain

Please submit a Franklin OIT Helpdesk ticket if you are interested in a custom domain. We will need to work with the Office of Information security to configure the domain and have them perform a security penetration test of the website prior to it being completed. This configuration may also require a CESS to be completed since GitHub is a cloud service.

  • Create necessary DNS entry as a CNAME and point it to: <user>
  • DNS must fully propagate before GitHub will allow the domain to be added
  • In the Git Repo, navigate to Settings → Code and Automation: Pages → Custom Domain
  • Enter the domain and save
  • Enable TLS/SSL after the domain is working properly.

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