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Host on Render
Host on Render
Host your Hugo site for free with Render's global CDN, fully-managed SSL and auto deploys from GitHub.
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Anurag Goel
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Render is a fully-managed cloud platform where you can host static sites, backend APIs, databases, cron jobs, and all your other apps in one place.

Static sites are completely free on Render and include the following:

  • Continuous, automatic builds & deploys from GitHub and GitLab.
  • Automatic SSL certificates through Let's Encrypt.
  • Instant cache invalidation with a lightning fast, global CDN.
  • Unlimited collaborators.
  • Unlimited custom domains.
  • Automatic Brotli compression for faster sites.
  • Native HTTP/2 support.
  • Pull Request Previews.
  • Automatic HTTP → HTTPS redirects.
  • Custom URL redirects and rewrites.


  • You have an account with GitHub or GitLab.
  • You have completed the Quick Start or have a Hugo website you are ready to deploy and share with the world.
  • You have a Render account. You can sign up at


You can set up a Hugo site on Render in two quick steps:

  1. Create a new Static Site on Render, and give Render permission to access your GitHub/Gitlab repo.
  2. Use the following values during creation:
Field Value
Build Command hugo --gc --minify (or your own build command)
Publish Directory public (or your own output directory)

That's it! Your site will be live on your Render URL (which looks like as soon as the build is done.

Continuous Deploys

Now that Render is connected to your repo, it will automatically build and publish your site any time you push to your GitHub/Gitlab.

You can choose to disable auto deploys under the Settings section for your site and deploy it manually from the Render dashboard.

CDN and Cache Invalidation

Render hosts your site on a global, lightning fast CDN which ensures the fastest possible download times for all your users across the globe.

Every deploy automatically and instantly invalidates the CDN cache, so your users can always access the latest content on your site.

Custom Domains

Add your own domains to your site easily using Render's custom domains guide.

Pull Request Previews

With Pull Request (PR) previews, you can visualize changes introduced in a pull request instead of simply relying on code reviews.

Once enabled, every PR for your site will automatically generate a new static site based on the code in the PR. It will have its own URL, and it will be deleted automatically when the PR is closed.

Read more about Pull Request Previews on Render.

Hugo Themes

Render automatically downloads all Git submodules defined in your Git repo on every build. This way Hugo themes added as submodules work as expected.


Chat with Render developers at or email if you need help.