GitLab Documentation

GitLab Pages from A to Z: Part 1

Article Type: user guide || Level: beginner || Author: Marcia Ramos || Publication date: 2017/02/22

GitLab Pages from A to Z

This is a comprehensive guide, made for those who want to publish a website with GitLab Pages but aren't familiar with the entire process involved.

This first part of this series will present you to the concepts of static sites, and go over how the default Pages domains work.

The second part covers how to get started with GitLab Pages: deploy a website from a forked project or create a new one from scratch.

The third part will show you how to set up a custom domain or subdomain to your site already deployed.

The fourth part will show you how to create and tweak GitLab CI for GitLab Pages.

To enable GitLab Pages for GitLab CE (Community Edition) and GitLab EE (Enterprise Edition), please read the admin documentation, and/or watch this video tutorial.

Note: For this guide, we assume you already have GitLab Pages server up and running for your GitLab instance.

What you need to know before getting started

Before we begin, let's understand a few concepts first.

Static sites

GitLab Pages only supports static websites, meaning, your output files must be HTML, CSS, and JavaScript only.

To create your static site, you can either hardcode in HTML, CSS, and JS, or use a Static Site Generator (SSG) to simplify your code and build the static site for you, which is highly recommendable and much faster than hardcoding.

Further reading

GitLab Pages domain

If you set up a GitLab Pages project on, it will automatically be accessible under a subdomain of The namespace is defined by your username on, or the group name you created this project under.

Note: If you use your own GitLab instance to deploy your site with GitLab Pages, check with your sysadmin what's your Pages wildcard domain. This guide is valid for any GitLab instance, you just need to replace Pages wildcard domain on (* with your own.

Practical examples

Project Websites

User and Group Websites

Note: GitLab Pages does not support subgroups. You can only create the highest level group website.

General example:

Part 2: Quick start guide - Setting up GitLab Pages →