ELI5: Docusaurus – Making Documentation Straightforward

In this post we will briefly discuss Docusaurus, a website creation tool that makes it easy to develop, maintain, and deploy a documentation website. If you’d rather get to know Docusaurus in a short video rather than a blog post, visit the Facebook Open Source YouTube channel to watch another episode of ELI5.

Why Docusaurus?

The top open source projects on GitHub have their own documentation pages that contain an overview of the project, brief tutorials, in-depth tutorials, and project blogs. These resources are key to the success of an open source project, but creating, managing, and deploying these resources can be a lot of work. Unless you are using Docusaurus.

Docusaurus is an open source project for creating, providing and managing websites. The main goal of this project is to get you started on your website in seconds. In addition to building the website, Docusaurus emphasizes the speed of developers and end users by following the PRPL pattern and relying on an incremental build for content changes.

With Docusaurus, developers can use already known tools such as Markdown or MDX to write documentation or blogs. With React as the backbone of Docusaurus, developers can adapt their website to their application.

This website building tool also includes search and localization capabilities. Projects created with Docusaurus use Algolia for an integrated search engine and Crowdin for language support.

The most important thing is that you don’t have to manually update your documentation every time you update your code. Docusaurus automatically synchronizes documents with project versions so that you can spend more time working on the things that are important to you.

Where is it used?

Docusaurus was first published in 2017 by the Facebook Open Source team. Since then, this project has been used by a large number of Facebook open source projects and over 100 external projects.

Where can i learn more?

Would you like to learn more about Docusaurus? You will find extensive documentation and tutorials on a wide variety of topics for creating and customizing your website. If you want to get in touch with the community, you can join the Discord channel or talk to the team on Twitter.

If you would like to see more content about Docusaurus, please let us know on our YouTube channel or by tweeting.

About the ELI5 series

In a series of short videos (around 1 minute long), one of our developer attorneys on the Facebook Open Source team explains a Facebook Open Source project in a way that is easy to understand and use.

For each of these videos we are writing an accompanying blog post (like the one you are reading now) that you can find on our YouTube channel.

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