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How To Update A Custom GitHub Pages With Create-react-app As Root

Hello I have read many docs online on connecting gh-pages with create-react-app. But most guides either assume that one does not already have a github pages set up, and that the react app is to be hosted as a directory (ie. username.github.io/react-app) instead of the homepage/root (username.github.io). I am hoping someone can help me out:

  1. I have an existing repo for a github pages custom domain. It is currently hosting an older site I built with gulp and static html/css/js, and a CNAME file for custom url.

  2. I built a new website redesign with create-react-app in a separate repo (It uses react-router for multiple pages).

  3. I want to overwrite the contents of my old github pages site with my new create-react-app website as the root homepage.

Is this possible? If so, what is the best way to achieve this? Thanks

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Answer

  1. In the existing Github Pages app, remove the CNAME and/or delete master branch. Deleting master branch will remove the site, while deleting CNAME will clear up the custom domain back to default [username].github.io.

  2. In create-react-app, add CNAME to /public folder.

  3. In create-react-app, add line "homepage":"./" to package.json.
  4. In create-react-app, run npm run build then run gh-pages -d build build process, then run npm run deploy
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source: stackoverflow.com
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