Read the Docs is the all-in-one solution you're looking for your documentation

GitHub Pages is great. We used to use it and we loved it. However, it's just for static hosting with no features at all. When talking about documentation, Read the Docs is the perfect solution for it.

Let's compare it to know what you can expect when deploying your project's documentation to Read the Docs.

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Static hosting
Publish any static content
Build your site on the cloud
Generate your site's content on the cloud
Deploy previews
Solve style issues before deploying
Always find what you are looking for
Multiple versions
Publish multiple versions of your documentation
Redirect users to the right page
Custom 404 pages
Style 404 pages with context-related information
Custom "robots.txt"
Improve your SEO by telling bots how to explore your site
Page analytics
Understand how people browse your documentation
Search analytics
Explore what people search for in your docs
Serve translated versions of your docs
Private documention
Give access only to trusted people
No usage limits
Build and store as much as you need
Open Source
Maintained by the community
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version: 2
  os: "ubuntu-22.04"
    python: "3"
    # You can also specify other tool versions:
    # nodejs: "16"
    - pip install mkdocs-material
    - mkdocs build --site-dir $READTHEDOCS_OUTPUT/html
Create an account Sign up with GitHub or your email. Import your project Select your existing Git repositories with a 1-click interface. Add YAML config Save this file as .readthedocs.yaml, and update the commands as necessary Your docs build on every commit Like magic.

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GitHub Pages can be useful for static hosting of simple web sites. However, for publishing good documentation it lacks many features that your readers will want. Read the Docs is the all-in-one solution that gets you started with all those features from the beginning.

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