How to Use a Custom Domain with GitHub Pages

In our previous <a href="/support/website/git/host-site-github-pages/">GitHub Pages article</a>, we showed you how you can create a static site and host it in your GitHub repository.  This is a simple option for creating a site—with considerable limitations. </p> <p>     Your GitHub Pages site will have its own URL based on your username and the name of the repository.     However, you may want to use a custom domain.   In this article, we'll show you <strong>how to use a custom domain with GitHub Pages</strong>. </p> <div class="alert alert-warning" role="alert">In order for this tutorial to be relevant to you, you must make certain that you have the following:  <ul> <li>A <a href="/support/domain-names/">registered domain</a></li> <li>Nameservers for the <a href="/support/domain-names/changing-your-domains-nameservers/">domain pointing to InMotion Hosting</a></li> </ul> </div> <div class="alert alert-danger" role="alert">You will not be able to use <a href="/support/amp/how-do-i-obtain-an-ssl-certificate/">SSL</a> with on this domain. If you need an SSL for your site, you should consider using a <a href="">complete hosting plan</a>.</div> <a name="add-custom-domain"></a> <h2>Add a Custom Domain to Your Repository</h2> <p> Now, we will need to first add our custom domain to our GitHub repository. This will set up a record there, but the change will not take effect until we add the necessary DNS records to <a href="/support/edu/cpanel/how-to-log-into-cpanel/">cPanel</a>. </p> <ol class="article_list"> <li>Log into your GitHub account</li> <li>Select <b>Settings</b> under your repository</li> <li>Add your custom domain under the <em>Custom domain</em> section and click <b>Save</b></li> </ol> <p> A custom domain has now been added to your repository. Below, we'll show how to add an A record in your cPanel that will point to GitHub. </p> <a name="configure-a-record-cpanel"></a> <h2>Add A Records to Point Your Domain to GitHub</h2> <p>     Now that we have added the necessary domain information to our GitHub account, we are going to create custom domain records in cPanel.  This is like adding a physical address to your name in a phonebook.     We will be pointing our domain to GitHub's IP addresses. </p> <ol class="article_list"> <li>Check out our full tutorial on <a href="/support/domain-names/dns-nameserver-changes/a-record-change/">adding an A Record</a> for cPanel</li> <li>Create one A Record for</li> <li>Create another A Record for</li> </ol> <p>     If your domain is not pointing to InMotion Hosting, you should be able to add DNS records at your registrar.    Once these records have been created, allow at least 4-24 hours for the changes to propagate across the web. 
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Christopher Maiorana joined the InMotion community team in 2015 and regularly dispenses tips and tricks in the Support Center, Community Q&A, and the InMotion Hosting Blog.

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