Hosting with Codeberg Pages

July 29, 2022

I recently switched the pblog project repo over from Sourcehut to Codeberg (mostly for UX reasons) and it got me looking into Codeberg Pages. It seemed like a cleaner approach to host my personal blog on the same platform I planned to also share the source code.

I decided to share the setup process here since I couldn’t find a straightforward guide explaining everything required to get going. So, let’s dig in.

Create the Repos

Disclaimer: My personal blog uses pblog, so although these instructions will be catered towards that SSG the same concept should apply for any other generator (Jekyll, Hugo, Next, etc.).

The first step is to create the main repo that would house the core files of pblog. Then we need to make a separate repo simply called pages. This second project is where all the generated “static” files get rendered.

Side note: Be sure to at least include a README file in that pages repo. This will avoid any errors or warnings when setting up our submodules in the next steps.

Configuration Edits

Once your two repos are created, you will need to make some minor edits to the _config.sh in the core pblog project to tell the build script where the generated files should go (in this case the pages repo):

OUTPUT="_output/pages/"

The Submodule

Using terminal, navigate to the _output/ directory in your core pblog project. Run the following, remembering to replace the USERNAME parameter with your own:

git submodule add git@codeberg.org:USERNAME/pages.git

If everything worked correctly you should now have a .gitmodules file in your main pblog project. If you get any errors, you might need to include the name of the directory at the end of the command:

git submodule add git@codeberg.org:USERNAME/pages.git pages

The Workflow

Now you can make changes, add new posts and pages in the main pblog project and have those generated files render into your other pages repo. For this workflow, I simply push commits to both projects when I am happy with my changes but I’m sure you could look into automating this process (ie. a single push from the pblog repo forces a the pages repo to also update).

Now you can navigate to the standard Codeberg Pages URL to see it in action:

USERNAME.codeberg.page

If you want to use your own custom domain (who doesn’t?) then continue reading.

Custom Domains (Optional)

The first thing you will need to do is add a .domains file to your pages root directory. In this file you will want to list your custom domain on the first line, followed by the standard Codeberg pages URL below it. Like so:

yourcustomdomain.com
USERNAME.codeberg.page

I’m keeping this very basic, but I suggest you look further into the official documentation if there are any extra settings you’d like to tinker with.

The final step is configuring a CNAME DNS setting through your registrar:

@ -> USERNAME.codeberg.page

Give the DNS settings a bit of time to take (24-48 hours) and you’ll have your custom domain working just fine.

Happy hosting!