How to create your blog for free in 10min

August 1, 2022 · 653 words · 4 min

This article is the first in a series on how to build a free independent blog, and will also teach you how to quickly use the features of GitHub Pages to build your blog.

It will help you build and deploy a blog site quickly. For more on hugo-ladder, we recommend following this article to build how to create your blog for free by hugo ladder theme in 30min


Create GitHub Account

Before building our blog site, we need to register a GitHub account. The account username is very important, which is the domain address of our blog site.

For example, if we create an account with the username guangzhengli, we will get our blog site which address is

Create repository for GitHub Pages

You can find the full tutorial in the GitHub Pages Doc. It just need create a new repository with the repository name


Build blog

You can clone the repository, which is ready for build and deploy hugo-ladder-exampleSite.

git clone

After pulling the repository code, we need to modify the configuration, which in the config.yml file at the root directory, we need to change all default configs to our custom configs.

modify configration file

Open the config.yml file in the root directory with an editor and change the configuration as follows:

baseURL: '' # set
homepage: '' # set
defaultContentLanguage: 'en' #default language
  brand: HOME # set the brand of your site
  avatarURL: /images/avatar.png # avatar, replace your avatar in the /static/images/
  author: Hugo Ladder # name
  authorDescription: # description
  info:  this is a info # information of your blog site
  favicon: /images/avatar.png # blog site icon,replace your avatar in the /static/images/
    showDarkMode: true # is show dark mode button
    enableMultiLang: true # is show multi language button

The repository hugo-ladder-exampleSite just for quickly start. Suppose we all use the same comment configurations. In that case, it will bring some trouble to the subsequent visitor use, so annotating comment-related functions will be better.

change the configuration as follows:

      enable: true


      enable: false

How to create or update posts

You can find the ExampleSite demo article in the content/blog at the root directory. You can create a new markdown file to add a new article.

Currently in the article header, these tags need to be added to configure the display of the article:

  • title: article title
  • date: published date
  • tags: tags for articles to search or show
  • series: series of articles, it will be show related article in the bottom of article
  • featured: true or false, article will be show in the featured posts in home page if set true.

And you may add the summary divider where you want to split the article.

Deploy blog

push your code to

In the first step, we create a repository named, so you can use the following command to remove the remote URL of the repository hugo-ladder-exampleSite, and then add your address to git configuration. replace username with your account username in the following command.

Finally, you can push your change to the remote repository.

git remote remove origin

git remote add origin

git add .

git commit -m "feat: init blog site"

git push origin main

Deploy GitHub Pages

Once we’ve made sure our push is successful, it will automatically build the code in the Actions. So you can go to this address to check if workflow is running successfully. replace username with

If Actions runs successfully, we will have a new branch called gh-pages. We go to the repository’s settings center Settings, select Pages, and then Build and deployment -> Source and selects Deploy from a branch. After that Branch select gh-pages to configure successfully.


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If you have any questions when deploying, you can leave a comment below.