Building technical product documentation
Use GitBook to create technical product documentation
Documentation is a vital part of any product, and teams that nail theirs from the start get ahead of the competition earlier on. Engaging product documentation adds so much value; it increases your user's confidence in the product, improves the user experience, and increases user satisfaction.
Often, writers of product documentation face challenges related to ease of contribution, updating and maintaining information, and the look and feel of the docs. This can result in having to compromise on at least one of those aspects — but not with GitBook!
GitBook allows you to make writing beautiful documentation part of your everyday workflow.
GitBook allows you to easily start creating and editing your content. In cases where you already have content written elsewhere, you can import it. We support importing from files or websites that are in markdown, HTML or Microsoft word formats, as well as importing from a number of other services.
In addition to standard text, image and list blocks, GitBook allows you to directly include more technical content. Find out more about:
Once your initial content exists, it's important to design a contribution workflow that will ensure your documentation remains up-to-date. You can manage the access of each contributor or team of contributors through permissions and inheritance, allowing for a review process before merging your content into the main branch.
A huge benefit of GitBook is the ability to bridge the gap between contributors who prefer to collaborate in Markdown or write documentation directly in their Git repository and those who may not know Markdown or simply prefer the expanded editing capabilities.
Thanks to our bi-directional sync, documentation is continuously updated regardless of whether it is edited in your Git repository or in GitBook, removing any potential friction or silos in your team.
Additionally, each page can make use of one of three layouts: docs page, editorial post, and landing page. Combining landing pages with docs pages can help with structuring your technical product documentation in a way that helps users find what they're looking for, faster.
We've made it easier for your documentation to integrate closely with other tools you use for support, tracking or collaboration allowing you to build one smooth workflow.
Our Mermaid integration allows you to create diagrams and visualizations using text and code. With the integration enabled you can insert the Mermaid block into any page. You can edit the code content and preview how it looks using the live editor.
As a finishing touch, set a custom domain so that your visitors can use a subdomain of your choice to access the published documentation. If your website is available at
example.com, you might choose to set a custom domain of
docs.example.comfor your documentation.