A popular way to host websites for Open Source projects is the GitHub pages. It's a free service provided by GitHub which allows to host completely static websites through GitHub.
The way this is implemented in Lektor currently is that Lektor will force-push
a website into a repository of choice. There are two ways to push it up:
ghpages (which uses SSH) or
ghpages+https (which uses HTTPS). The latter
can also accept
username:password@ in the URL to hold the credentials in
addition to accepting username and password from the command line or
[servers.ghpages] target = ghpages://your-user/your-repository
This deployment method has two implementations:
ghpages (also known as
ghpages+ssh) which uses SSH and
ghpages+https which uses HTTPS. They
use different methods for credentials. For the SSH transport the same
rules apply as for the rsync deployment method. The HTTPS
transport on the other hand accepts
override the values in the URL.
The way this deployment support works is that it commits a new commit into a
temporary location and pushes it into the
depending on the name of the repository. If you push to
then it commits to
master, otherwise to
gh-pages. This is consistent
with behavior for GitHub Pages.
If you want to use a custom domain with GitHub pages (also known as a
CNAME), provide the intended
CNAME in the target URL using the
[servers.production] target = ghpages://your-user/your-repository?cname=www.example.com
Note that this will overwrite whatever custom domain you may have set on GitHub with every deployment.
For more information about how CNAMEs work with GitHub you can read about the feature in the GitHub help center: Adding a CNAME file to your repository.
Per convention the file named
404.html is used as placeholder if a page
cannot be found. You can create such a page by creating a
If you want to use ghpages it's desirable to have this build automatically. This is easy to accomplish with the help of Travis-CI. For more information see Deploying with Travis-CI.