Pages are the most basic building block for content. They’re useful for standalone content (content which is not date based or is not a group of content such as staff members or recipes).

The simplest way of adding a page is to add an HTML file in the root directory with a suitable filename. You can also write a page in Markdown using a .md extension and front matter which converts to HTML on build. For a site with a homepage, an about page, and a contact page, here’s what the root directory and associated URLs might look like:

├──    # =>
├── index.html    # =>
└── contact.html  # =>

If you have a lot of pages, you can organize them into subfolders. The same subfolders that are used to group your pages in your project’s source will then exist in the _site folder when your site builds. However, when a page has a different permalink set in the front matter, the subfolder at _site changes accordingly.

├──          # =>
├── documentation     # folder containing pages
│   └──       # =>
├── design            # folder containing pages
│   └──      # =>

Changing the output URL

You might want to have a particular folder structure for your source files that changes for the built site. With permalinks you have full control of the output URL.

Excerpts for pages4.1.1

One can choose to generate excerpts for their pages by setting page_excerpts to true in their config file.