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 the project, we put our team/company name in the footer of the website , or in 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, SEOs, QAs, etc. To attribute the team behind the project, there is a thing called humans.txt
What is humans.txt?
Humans.txt is a great initiative for listing the individuals who worked behind 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.
/* 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 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 behind the website.
Who to mention on humans.txt?
We can mention anyone on the humans.txt. We can attribute our designers, developers, SEOs, Project Manager, .etc. On an Open Source project, we 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. We can add a tag in theof our website.
<link type="text/plain" rel="author" href="http://example.com/humans.txt">
We hope that you will use the humans.txt in your current or upcoming project and attribute your team for what they do. Cheers!
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Top comments (13)
I had never heard of that before. Thank you for sharing.👍
Thanks Chris. Glad that you liked it.
It is supper new for me, Thanks for sharing
Your welcome, Duc.
Interesting, is there a specific way of viewing it's content by others rather then typing the url of the humans.txt file in the browser?
You can surely add a link to the humans.txt in the footer of the website.
It's something already parsed by Google or any other search engine?
As far as I know, this is not related to SEO. The main motive behind this initiative is that the web is for humans.
It's sad ... this could be helpful for searching project made by someone.
For humans I think a good "about" page is far more accessible.
I've been using this for years now. This is also a good way to prove that you've worked on a website to employers when you get a new job.
Great. Nice to know, Daniel.