Easy github pages index.html


This came about when I asked myself the question “What would be the easiest/quickest way for me to get a company webpage up in order to satisfy Apple’s requirement for registering as a developer”. I already have this blog hosted on Github pages (Source code), and although this setup is a bit convoluted (old installation of Jekyll, css build etc), I still liked the idea of hosting the page as a simple repository, and thought that there had to be a way of doing that with a simple index.html file (there is).


  • A repository containing the source.
  • A simple index.html file that contains everything that’s needed for the page (which is only html and css right now).
  • Custom domain name (Apple would not be satisifed with a domain name that isn’t related to the company).
  • HTTPS.
  • Have https://www.broccoliventures.com redirect to https://broccoliventures.com, which would be the main domain.

Turns out that Github pages supports “all” this, but some of it wasn’t obvious.


  • This official looking guide makes it look like you may only have a single Github page on your Github account (username.github.io), I remember this was a limitation way back when Github pages were new. https://pages.github.com/ makes it quite clear however that it’s possible to create unlimited “project” sites (remember to switch the toggle to “Project site”).
  • A lot of guides use index.md as an example to add content, and then they show you how to select a prebuilt theme etc. But it’s perfectly fine to add a index.html that contains all the html, javascript, and css for your page. You would place the index.html in your publishing root.

What I did (in order)

  1. Follow the initial (Creating a GitHub Pages site) guide.
  2. Configuring a publishing source for your GitHub Pages site
  3. Configuring an apex domain (as I want https://broccoliventures.com without www. to be the domain name). (I used an A record for each of the listed Github IP addresses). Here’s the CNAME file for the site.
  4. Configuring an apex domain and the www subdomain variant as I do want redirects from https://www.broccoliventures.com to https://broccoliventures.com.
  5. Securing your GitHub Pages site with HTTPS

The code

Here it is, at the time of writing the only code is a single index.html and a CNAME file.

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