Commit 38b01933 authored by Erik Huelsmann's avatar Erik Huelsmann
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Add a FAQ item describing how to deploy project pages

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title: Frequently asked questions
<h1><i class="far fa-question-circle"></i>&nbsp;FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions</h1>
<div class="table-of-contents">
<h1 class="bg-primary" style="color:white;">Table of contents</h1>
<li><a href="#faq-email-on-push">GitLab: configure e-mail on push</a></li>
<section id="faq-email-on-push">
<h3>GitLab: configure e-mail on push</h3>
GitLab supports sending an e-mail upon pushing
commits by project members. In order to use the functionality,
please follow the steps outlined in <a href="/faq/emailonpush"
>our configuration guide</a>.
title: Frequently asked questions
# FAQ - Frequently asked questions
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## GitLab
### Configure e-mail on push
GitLab supports sending an e-mail upon pushing
commits by project members. In order to use the functionality,
please follow the steps outlined in
[configuration guide](/faq/emailonpush).
### Deploy project pages
Use GitLab Pages to deploy your project pages
to `<project>/`
using our [deployment instructions](/faq/using-gitlab-deploy-pages).
title: Usinng GitLab to deploy project pages -- FAQ
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# Using GitLab to deploy project pages
This page contains instructions on how to deploy your project pages
(those hosted on '<your-project>`).
Using deployment through GitLab, you can use your preferred site
generator in your preferred setup: from "simply copy the repository
content" to builds depending on specialized Docker images, all these
are supported by our setup.
## Step 1: Create a repository for your project pages
In order to deploy your project pages to
`<project>`, you need a
project in GitLab named `<project>-site` in the group named
`<project>`. That is, the resulting repository will be viewable
at the URL `<project>/<project>-site`.
## Step 2: Add content to the repository
After the repository has been created, the site content can be
added. Take into account that any content that needs to be deployed
should end up in a subdirectory called `public/`.
A very simple example of deploying content straight from the repository
is the [cl-couch-site](
project. It holds the content to be deployed in a `src/` subdirectory
which can simply be renamed to `public/`. No further processing is
More complex build steps can be found in the [clo/
cl-site]( and [quickref/
quickref]( projects
## Step 3: Add continuous integration through `.gitlab-ci.yml`
Once a repository has been set up and seeded with content, deployment
instructions have to be added through GitLab's CI (Continuous Integration)
platform. The example below is the simplest deployment CI instruction,
deploying static site content without processing.
stage: deploy
script: mv src public
- public
- site-gen
- master
The above defines the special purpose `pages` build job known to
GitLab to be associated with GitLab Pages deployment. GitLab CI
jobs can be tied to various "stages". The `pages` job should be
tied to the "deploy" stage. And last but not least, the job creates
artifacts in the `public` path which GitLab Pages uses to deploy
the site.
To prevent every intermediate result on every branch from being
deployed to your project site, the job is restricted to building
on the `master` branch only, using the
- master
Then, last but not least, the fragment `script: mv src public`
instructs the CI system to perform the "build" for this repository
(i.e. nothing more than to rename `src` to `public`).
As mentioned in the previous section, other, more complex, setups
and build instructions are possible. See for examples the [clo/
cl-site]( and [quickref/
quickref]( projects.
Note however, that these projects don't deploy to a `/project/<project>`
page (but to `` and ``
## Step 4: Deploy and test your new project pages
If the syntax of your `.gitlab-ci.yml` file is correct, a new build
will run on every push or merge to the master branch. With each successful
build, a new deployment will take place.
Please note that if you're migrating existing project pages from
`/project/<project>/public_html` to GitLab based deployments that
your new site won't show up until the `public_html` directory has
been removed (or renamed).
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