Write for DOnations

DigitalOcean needs your contributions to our growing library of tutorials on server administration, DevOps, programming languages, software development, and production — all based on free and open-source software. Your work will help us bring together two related initiatives: creating reference material that readers trust, and supporting tech-focused charities and nonprofits. Writing for DigitalOcean means you will grow as an author while also supporting tech-focused nonprofits and charities doing important work in the field.

If you have technical knowledge, a knack for explaining things, and a drive to contribute to the DO community on multiple levels, then our editorial team would love to work with you to publish your content.

Your Path to Publication

Our community authorship program is unique: in exchange for your technical expertise and your desire to write and collaborate, you receive professional editorial support, an audience of millions, social promotion of your published work (including to our 150,000 Twitter followers), generous payment, and a matching contribution to a single tech-focused charity or nonprofit or a group of nonprofits united by similar missions.

  1. Apply: Apply to the program with a writing sample that showcases your ability to explain your technical knowledge to others.
  2. Decide: If you're accepted, you'll work with the editorial team on a topic and outline for your first tutorial. We publish only original, first-run content under a Creative Commons license.
  3. Write: Once your topic is approved, it's time to write. We provide resources, like our writing guidelines and article templates, to help you get started.
  4. Revise: Submit your first draft and collaborate one-on-one with a professional editor to revise your work.
  5. Publish: After revisions, your editor will send your payment, publish your article, make your charitable contribution — and ask what you want to write about next.
  6. Repeat: Build a relationship with the editorial team by suggesting new articles that you want to write.


At a high level, we're looking for two broad categories of content.

When you apply, take a look at our public topic list for articles we're actively looking to publish or share your own ideas for unique content our readers will love.

At this time, we're not accepting content about closed-source or paid software, programming languages other than Python or JavaScript, reference articles on programming language features, or translations. For copyright reasons, we can't reprint content that has already been published elsewhere.

Application Form

Tutorial submission

This is to make technical review easier if you are approved as an author. If you don't have an SSH key, please create one.

Submit a writing sample now!

We evaluate writing samples based on the level and clarity of their technical explanations. We strongly prefer samples that match our style in that regard.

Feel free to share a link to your website, GitHub account, Twitter profile, etc. We'd love to know if you maintain or contribute significantly to any open-source projects. Let us know how you found our authorship program and what motivated you to apply, too!

The Fine Print

Most new tutorials are paid out at $300; complex production-focused topics may be paid out at up to $400. Updates for existing tutorials, such as distribution changes, are typically paid out at $75 to $125, based on the quantity of changes and technical content. All payouts are at editorial discretion, and will be matched by a donation to a single tech-focused charity or nonprofit or a group of nonprofits united by similar missions.

Our articles are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0), meaning you can repost your DigitalOcean articles with attribution and with the same license on non-commercial sites after they're published here.

All of our community authors sign our freelance writers contract. The full text of the contract, along with a human-readable version of the legal jargon, is available publicly at writers.digitalocean.com.