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 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.