A text document that contains information about the individuals who worked on the project.

Use Humans.txt to Credit your Team for a Project

Ravgeet Dhillon

Ravgeet Dhillon

Written on Oct 13, 2020 in Businesses And Startups

⏱ 3 min read

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We all love to take credit for the work that we are proud of and there is nothing wrong with that. Whenever we work on a project, we put our team/company name in the footer of the website, or the about section. However, this doesn’t take into consideration the members of the team who worked on the project. These members can be Designers, Developers, Marketers, QAs, etc.

To attribute the team behind the project, there is a thing called humans.txt

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What is humans.txt?

Humans.txt is a great initiative for listing the individuals who worked on a project. It’s an initiative for knowing the people behind a website. Basically, it is just a .txt file that contains information about individuals and their roles in a particular project.

Humans.txt Example

/* TEAM */
    Project Lead: John Smith
    Contact: johnsmith [at] gmail.com
    Twitter: @johnsmith
    From: New York, USA

    UI Designer: Tim Jacob
    Contact: timjacob [at] gmail.com
    Twitter: @timjacob
    From: New York, USA

    Project Lead: Jennifer Jaine
    Contact: jenniferjaine [at] gmail.com
    Twitter: @jenniferjaine
    From: Toronto, Cananda

/* SITE */
    Last update: 2020/10/05
    Language: English
    Doctype: HTML5
    IDE: VSCode
    Technologies: Jekyll, Python

Should we always add humans.txt?

Humans.txt is completely optional. It is not related to SEO. But it is a way to tell the world about the individuals who worked hard on a particular website project.

Who to mention on humans.txt?

You can mention anyone on the humans.txt. You can attribute your designers, developers, SEOs, Project Manager, .etc. For an Open Source project, you can add all the contributors in the humans.txt by automating it through CI/CD.

Where should I add humans.txt?

Humans.txt lives at the root of the website. Then, you can add a <link> tag in the <head> of your website.

<link type="text/plain" rel="author" href="http://example.com/humans.txt">

I hope that you will use the humans.txt in your projects and attribute your team to the work they do.

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Ravgeet Dhillon

Ravgeet is a Co-Founder and Developer at RavSam. He helps startups, businesses, open-source organizations with Digital Product Development and Technical Content Writing. He is a fan of Jamstack and likes to work with React, Vue, Flutter, Strapi, Node, Laravel and Python. He loves to play outdoor sports and cycles every day.

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