- Create a GitHub account at github.com. Refer to GitHub Pro Account or GitHub Free Account for Technical Writing if you're wondering which pricing plan makes sense for you. Free is likely fine!
- In your browser, create a repository with the same name as your GitHub username, followed by "github.io". For example, my repository name is "annegentle.github.io".
- On the repository's main page, on the Code tab, click Add file > Create new file.
- In the Name your file... field, enter "index.md" and under Edit new file, add a line or two of text that you want to publish as your new web landing page.
- Add a message if you like, and click Commit new file.
- Wait just a few seconds, then go to your new page, https://username.github.io. For an example, go to annegentle.github.io.
- If you don't see a page, check the settings for GitHub Pages by going to the Settings tab for the repository, and then click Pages in the left-hand side. The Settings should look similar to these:
- Go to pages.github.com for even more scenarios.
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