A website for your app at very little cost

So you’ve got your app up and running and the downloads are coming in, but you need some sort of website for your users to get more information on, maybe your privacy policy, or contact links?

I have come across a great solution for this.

GitHub Pages allows you to host your own website as such, as a sub-domain or custom domain, like myapp.github.io or myapp.com all completely free of charge. You can then purchase a domain from somewhere like NameCheap for around €7 - €9 (per annum). GitHub then allows you to connect this domain for free, and they’ll even provide you with an SSL certificate too, all at no cost.

Of course you can’t run the next big Ebay or Amazon style website from here, but for people who want or need a website for their app, this is a fantastic low cost solution.

Note: You’ll need a bit of knowledge of Git and basic web development to efficiently push updates to your website. I recommend checking out EJ Media on YouTube. I’ve learned a lot from these tutorials and can now create basic websites (that look pretty good) for my future apps.

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Great suggestion Eoin, thanks for sharing.

If you wanted to get the costs down at €0 you could even consider something like Freenom. They don’t have a great choice of TLDs, but if you’re just getting started and are on a very limited budget, then it’s there as an option too.

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I would like to add to this, to everyone who has since viewed this post and to new viewers, that they can create a beautiful website using Mobirise with no code. It is an offline software that is completely free to use with no visual branding. It is a freemium service so you can purchase extensions like code editor or different themes. Mobirise lets you export the website files locally to a folder, which you can easily push to GitHub using a code editor like Atom. Hopefully some of you find this helpful :slight_smile:

EDIT

Mobirise supports directly pushing to GitHub inside of the software :slight_smile: I have just realised.

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This is like thunkable of websites, https://bubble.io , I’m thinking about using this to make a website to my app when I finished

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Yes!

As an example, I recently moved my site off of Squarespace and opted for a much simpler site hosted through github pages.

The site: http://amblemind.com/
The Github project: https://github.com/amblemind/amblemind.github.io
The coding framework: https://getbootstrap.com/

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Also I would recommend to use Visual Studio Code :smile:

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But, Visual Studio Code is a bit hard to see, Atom is simple, and clean.
I use it everyday, It’s pinned on my taskbar :smile:

Personal Recommendation, don’t take seriously :blush:

Thanks! :blush:

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What means hard to see? The code? :thinking:

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I prefer atom and I recommend it first as the customisation is fantastic. There are add-ons that allow you to edit the code in real-time with your friends, kind of like how Google Docs would look, but with code.

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