Hosting a static site

Hosting a static site (ie, a site that doesn't need to run python code to process requests, so only HTML and JavaScript) is possible on PythonAnywhere, using a little hack.

First, set up a web app using any framework and Python version (it doesn't matter which, since we won't need them. Maybe just choose Manual Configuration and Python3.5).

Then, on the Web tab configuration screen, scroll down to the Static Files section, and add one new entry:

  • URL: /
  • Path: /home/yourusername/path/to/your/static/site

Hit Reload on the web tab.

Then, any files in /home/yourusername/path/to/your/static/site will be served automatically. Start with /home/yourusername/path/to/your/static/site/index.html for example!