Hong Shick Pak
The GitHub Migration

27 October 2013

For the sake of moving on and ease of pushing changes, I’ve moved my domain over to Github Pages and shut nginx down on my BeagleBone. Because I had already setup pages, there wasn’t much to be done.


  • Create a file titled CNAME in the root directory and write the domain name inside.
  • Push file to masters branch of your Github repo.
  • Change your DNS settings for your domain to point to
And thats it!

Update (July 12, 2014): A while back, I got this email from GitHub:

GitHub Pages recently underwent some improvements (https://github.com/blog/1715-faster-more-awesome-github-pages to make your site faster and more awesome, but we’ve noticed that www.hspak.com isn’t properly configured to take advantage of these new features. While your site will continue to work just fine, updating your domain’s configuration offers some additional speed and performance benefits. Instructions on updating your site’s IP address can be found at https://help.github.com/articles/setting-up-a-custom-domain-with-github-pages#step-2-configure-dns-records, and of course, you can always get in touch with a human at support@github.com. For the more technical minded folks who want to skip the help docs: your site’s DNS records are pointed to a deprecated IP address.

The gist of it is, there are two ways to setup your DNS. If you would like GitHub to point to an apex or naked domain, then you point your a records to or If you would like GitHub to point to a subdomain, i.e www, create a CNAME to point to username.github.io in your DNS. GitHub will automatically take care of redirecting from www to apex or vice-versa.