How to Change the Default Laravel Page to Your Custom Home Page (Yo Dawg)

Laravel is a beast of a framework, but sometimes you gotta tweak it to make it your own. One common customization is changing the default landing page from the boring old / to a more splendiferous home page that reflects your unique style.

Here's how you do it, step by step:

1. Define Your Home Route

First, you need to create a route for your custom home page. This route will tell Laravel where to send folks when they hit your site's root URL. Open up your routes/web.php file and add this line:


Route::get('/', 'HomeController@showHome');



This assumes you have a controller named HomeController with a method named showHome. We'll create those next.

2. Create the HomeController

Now, let's craft the HomeController and its showHome method. Create a HomeController.php file in your app/Http/Controllers directory. Inside, add this code:


Welcome to My Crib

This is my humble abode on the interwebz.

About Me Contact Me '; // Return the HTML response return response($html); } }


Feel free to replace the placeholder HTML with your own awesome design.

3. (Optional) Ditch the Default Route

If you want to make sure nobody accidentally lands on the old default page, you can remove the Laravel-generated default route. Open routes/web.php and find the line that looks like this:


Route::get('/', function () {
    // ...



Delete that line, and your custom home page will be the only game in town.

4. Fire Up Your Engines

Now, if you start your Laravel app and visit http://localhost:8000, you should be greeted by your glorious custom home page. Bask in the admiration of your web dev buddies.

Bonus: Route Parameters and Controllers

You can take this even further by using route parameters and controllers to create a dynamic home page experience. For example, you could pass a user's ID to the showHome method and display personalized content.

This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to customizing Laravel routes and controllers. With a little creativity, you can make your Laravel app do whatever your heart desires.