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.
Working with DigitalOcean editors means working with some of the best technical editors you'll find anywhere. No matter how good your writing is already, you'll end up a far better technical writer than when you just started.
Your articles will teach hundreds of thousands people all over the globe, and the feedback you receive from DigitalOcean's editors makes the difference between being a good author and a great author.
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.
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.
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.