This is a post I put together to show the ITS Tech Bar Students I work with how to quickly put a static page up on their domain. I am assuming almost no prior knowledge of HTML, CSS, or cPanel.

When we are finished you will have a page that looks like this:

Creating index.html

First, we will make an index.html file. The quickest way to do this for now will be to use cPanel’s File Manager tool.

  1. Log in to cPanel.
  2. Open the File Manager
  3. Select the folder named public_html, if you want to put this page on your subdomain (ex:, click folder named after that subdomain instead.
  4. Click the new file button
  5. Name the file index.html (case matters!) and click Create New File
  6. Next, select the file and click Edit
  7. Paste the HTML below into your index.html file:
<!DOCTYPE html>
                <title>Demo Page</title>
                <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="css/main.css">
                <h1>Hello world!</h1>

                <h2>About this site</h2>

                <p>This simple page is used to demonstrate how HTML controls the content on a webpage, and how CSS applies styling to the page. You can view or download all (both) of the files needed for this page on my <a href="">blog</a>. The blog post also includes basic instructions on hosting these files on your domain or subdomain if you are using Reclaim Hosting.</p>

                <h2>About Domain of One's Own</h2>

                <p>You can find more information about Domain of One's Own at St. Norbert College at <a href=""></a>.</p>

                <h2>About my dog</h2>

                <p>Here is a picture of Annie. Feel free to use this picture on your own site. When you are making a website, only use images that you have permission to use.</p>

                <img src="" alt="picture of my dog">
  1. Click Save Changes
  2. Click Close
  3. Go to your site and take a look!

Creating main.css

We have the basic content there, but it should look a bit off if you compare it to my demo page at It looks strange because it is missing style information, we can fix that by adding a main.css file!

  1. Go back to the cPanel file manager
  2. In the same folder where you have index.html, make a new folder
  3. Name the folder css (case matters!) and click Create New Folder
  4. Select the css folder you just created, and create a new file in this folder called main.css
  5. You should now have an index.html file, a css folder, and a main.css folder inside it:
├── css
│   └── main.css
└── index.html
  1. Edit main.css and paste the css below into the file:
* {
    font-family:'Helvetica', 'Arial', 'Sans-Serif';
body {
    margin: 60px auto;
    width: 70%;
a {
    font-weight: bold;
    text-decoration: none;
    color: green;
a:hover {
    text-decoration: underline;
h1 {
    font-size: 3em;
h2 {
    font-size: 2em;
p {
    font-size: 1.5em;
    line-height: 1.4em;
    color: black;
  1. Click Save Changes and Close
  2. Check out your site again and see how it looks!