Notion is a cute yet very powerful to tool to perform number of tasks. The one less known feature of Notion is that you can build minimalist websites and serve them for free.
Here are the points which we'll discuss in this post, feel free to jump to any of them.
- What is Notion?
- What is the idea behind creating a Notion powered website?
- How to do the real stuff?
- What can we conclude?
Notion is a pretty versatile tool that can help you in taking notes, tracking your goals, managing your team or product, creating a knowledge base for your company, and much more. The one less known feature of Notion is its ability to create and serve aesthetic websites with almost no management overhead.
If you are not familiar with Notion then I will strongly suggest you go to Notion's website and get yourself a free account now.
There is a concept of
page in Notion which acts as a canvas to put all other elements on it. One can make a page and allow Notion to share it publically. This particular feature of notion will be key in the process of making our website.
Let's follow these simple steps and try to build a Hello world! page.
Put some content on the page and share it publically by clicking on
share. Copy the public link to the page.
Get a domain name and redirect your domain traffic to your public notion page.
The steps below are for GoDaddy.com, it may differ slightly for your domain registrar, but the idea will be the same.
With Step 3 things work, but it looks a bit odd to get redirect to a different domain and lose your domain after landing on your publically shared Notion page.
If you want to take it a step further and want to put the icing on the cake, follow this great article by Taras Frank to set up a custom domain for your page.
You might be appreciating the versatility of Notion by now. It's very fast and simple to get your static yet elegant website up and running. Also, the overhead which comes while maintaining the website is minimized with Notion. You can keep the editing rights for your page to yourself and update it as frequently as you want. The changes will reflect on your website almost instantaneously.