GitLab Pages vs. GitHub Pages

GitLab compared to other tools

GitLab is the next-generation development toolset that covers 100% of your software development lifecycle.

GitLab unifies chat, issues, code review, CI, CD, and cycle analytics into a single UI. Unlike other source code management tools that only support a portion of your development lifecycle, GitLab delivers a unified experience for every step of the development lifecycle providing the most efficient approach to software delivery. So no matter what line of business you're in, GitLab gives you the edge to compete, innovate, and win.

FEATURES

Publish static websites for free

With both GitLab Pages and GitHub Pages, you can publish a static website for free.

Visit GitLab Pages' webpage for an overview

Publish your website from a private project for free

With GitLab Pages, you can create a private repository to hold your site content, and keep only the page source (HTML) available online. With GitHub Pages, you can do it only if you have a paid subscription.

Visit GitLab Pages Documentation.

Support dynamic websites

With either GitLab or GitHub Pages, you can only publish static websites; dynamic websites are not supported.

Read through an overview on static vs dynamic websites.

Built-in Continuous Integration

GitLab CI, built-in GitLab, is the basis for building your website with GitLab Pages. Use GitLab CI to build, test, and deploy your website or webapp continuously.

Learn how to publish your website with continuous methods

Custom domains

With both GitLab Pages and GitHub Pages websites, your can use a custom domain or subdomain.

Learn how to apply custom domains to GitLab Pages websites

Multiple custom domains

GitLab Pages allows you to add as many custom domains (known as domain aliases) pointing to a single website. A domain alias is like having multiple front doors to one location.

Learn how to add custom domains to your GitLab Pages website

Secure custom domains (HTTPS)

Install a SSL/TLS certificate, at no cost, on a website set up with a custom domain served by GitLab Pages.

Learn how to add an SSL/TLS certificate to your GitLab Pages website

Build any Static Site Generator

GitHub Pages is integrated with Jekyll, therefore, it's the only SSG it builds. With GitLab, you can build any SSG, and also choose specific SSGs' versions you want your site to build with (e.g. Middleman 4.1.1).

Learn how to build any SSG with GitLab Pages

Example projects

With GitHub Pages, you can choose one in a few Jekyll themes get you started. Similarly, with GitLab Pages, you can choose an example project to fork and get started with.

Watch a 3-min video tutorial on how to get started with GitLab Pages by forking a project

All Jekyll plugins

Besides building any Jekyll version you want, with GitLab Pages you can use all Jekyll plugins available. GitHub Pages allows you to use only a few plugins.

Custom Error Pages (404)

Both GitLab Pages and GitHub Pages allow you to create custom error pages.

Learn how to add a custom 404 to GitLab Pages websites