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Any ideas for a simple landing page?

I, recently, purchased a domain that will be developed in the future. Right now, I'd just want a simple landing page (years ago this was hideously displayed as 'under construction'). I don't have much funds so I'm looking for something free or dirt cheap.

Bonus question: What would you recommend for the future? In the beginning, there will be monetary constraints. Also, I imagine that there will be two primary functions. Namely, a way in which to post blog-type submissions from academics and a way in which to sell merchandise in order to raise funds for a not-for-profit endeavor.

18 comments

  1. [14]
    SUD0
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    Are you a developer? GitHub has free hosting for simple websites. You can’t have a back end, but it would be perfect for a landing page. You can also use your domain for it. https://pages.github.com/

    Are you a developer? GitHub has free hosting for simple websites. You can’t have a back end, but it would be perfect for a landing page. You can also use your domain for it.

    https://pages.github.com/

    3 votes
    1. [4]
      Octofox
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      Hugo + github/lab pages is a pretty good way to run a blog.

      Hugo + github/lab pages is a pretty good way to run a blog.

      2 votes
      1. [3]
        suspended
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        Would you, please, elaborate a little more? I've been out of the loop for a decade.

        Would you, please, elaborate a little more? I've been out of the loop for a decade.

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          notopygos
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          GitHub provides a free service (GitHub Pages) for hosting static files, you just have to create a repository, put some html files and enable pages. They allow using custom domain. Hugo is a static...

          GitHub provides a free service (GitHub Pages) for hosting static files, you just have to create a repository, put some html files and enable pages. They allow using custom domain.

          Hugo is a static site generator, check out gohugo.io
          You choose a theme, write some posts (in markdown) and run hugo. It will output the website a/c to the theme you've selected.

          You can also just write html files yourself and push them to github. checkout https://pages.github.com/
          There is also gitlab pages (alternative).

          5 votes
    2. [9]
      suspended
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      I was a web developer for fifteen years. I retired in 2008.

      I was a web developer for fifteen years. I retired in 2008.

      1. [3]
        Eva
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        I'd probably put something like... <style>div {padding-top:20%; padding-left:50%; padding-right:50%}</style> <div><img src="http://textfiles.com/underconstruction/TokyoFuji7118constructsonic.gif">...

        I'd probably put something like...

        <style>div {padding-top:20%; padding-left:50%; padding-right:50%}</style>
        
        <div><img src="http://textfiles.com/underconstruction/TokyoFuji7118constructsonic.gif"> <img src="http://textfiles.com/underconstruction/SunsetStripArena4994ifbgraphicsconstruction.gif"> <img src="http://textfiles.com/underconstruction/CoColosseumHoop2296construction_ani.gif"></div>
        

        (I was having a lot of trouble getting that to format correctly; cross my fingers, I guess.)

        1 vote
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          suspended
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          Thanks for the advice. I appreciate it greatly!

          Thanks for the advice. I appreciate it greatly!

          1 vote
          1. Eva
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            Anyway, the page @SUD0 linked should get you up and running with Github Pages, if you wanna go that route.

            Anyway, the page @SUD0 linked should get you up and running with Github Pages, if you wanna go that route.

            3 votes
      2. [5]
        Octofox
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        The web existed for 15 years before 2008?

        The web existed for 15 years before 2008?

        1. suspended
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          I started dabbling in the web around 1990.

          I started dabbling in the web around 1990.

          1 vote
        2. [3]
          HanakoIsBestGirl
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          Yes. The internet was a thing in 1993.

          Yes. The internet was a thing in 1993.

          1. [2]
            Eva
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            It was a joke.

            It was a joke.

            1 vote
            1. HanakoIsBestGirl
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              it was? mind explaining it to the unenlightened?

              it was? mind explaining it to the unenlightened?

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    yar
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    I've got a landing page running with Gitlab and Netlify using Hugo, it's completely free and lightning fast. While the initial learning curve of how to connect them together was steep for me, it's...

    I've got a landing page running with Gitlab and Netlify using Hugo, it's completely free and lightning fast. While the initial learning curve of how to connect them together was steep for me, it's now super easy to maintain. I can add pages in markdown on my PC, push the change through Git, and tada, it's live.

    Some of the themes for Hugo are pretty awesome too.

    3 votes
    1. [2]
      suspended
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      Why is Netlify useful for you?

      Why is Netlify useful for you?

      1 vote
      1. yar
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        Netflify is useful since it automatically builds and deploys my site after it's pushed within a few seconds. Whether there is a better or easier method to do this I'm not sure since that's the...

        Netflify is useful since it automatically builds and deploys my site after it's pushed within a few seconds. Whether there is a better or easier method to do this I'm not sure since that's the only way I know how to do it.

        1 vote
  3. gpl
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    I'm seeing a lot of people recommend Github + Hugo, but I want to chime in to recommend using Github+Jekyll, which is another static site generator which is very easy to use. There are tons of...

    I'm seeing a lot of people recommend Github + Hugo, but I want to chime in to recommend using Github+Jekyll, which is another static site generator which is very easy to use. There are tons of themes already premade to make it easy as well. I've never used Hugo so I can't say how the two compare, but I can say that Jekyll is very easy to use.

    1 vote