is now using Github Pages for hosting. This might be the only hosting option I haven’t tried.

I usually host the site on my VPS at Linode. I can handle most sysadmin-type tasks so this works fine. After last week’s DDoS attacks at Linode I started considering other options again.

For a while I used Netlify which worked very well, but it limited how many times I could push updates. I tend to publish, say “Oops!”, and re-publish a number of times for each new post. For some reason no amount of proofreading beforehand helps with that.

Then I tried S3. For the life of me I can’t get my head around Amazon’s web services so S3 was never my favorite option.

Which brings me to Github. I already keep the source files for in Git so adding a “gh-pages” branch and pushing there wasn’t too difficult. The only downside with the way I’m doing it is that all of the rendered files need to be in the source tree. Not ideal, but it’s only a minor annoyance.

To deploy I use the following shell script (stolen from the Hugo tutorial here):


echo -e "\033[0;32mDeploying updates to GitHub...\033[0m"

# Build the project.

# Add changes to git.
git add -A

# Commit changes.
msg="Rebuild site `date`"
if [ $# -eq 1 ]
  then msg="$1"
git commit -m "$msg"

# Push source and build repos.
git push origin master
git subtree push --prefix=public gh-pages

A couple of other requirements:

  • Put a CNAME file in /static (if using Hugo) with as the only line
  • Create an ANAME DNS record aliasing to

So far, so good.

The nice thing about a static site is that I can easily push it anywhere that serves plain old HTML files. There are very few moving parts and I like that.