Humans.txt Template

Years ago, I thought the whole humans.txt thing was just silly, and even explained how to block humans.txt requests. But the concept actually has grown on me to the point where I now include a customized humans.txt file for most of my projects. It just seems like some useful information to make available for those who are looking for it. You know, all about the site, author, team, and such. And I have seen plenty of requests for the humans file in my log files, so it’s definitely worth the effort and something worth providing, especially now that more people are aware of them.

My humans.txt template

Here is a relatively complete humans.txt template that I can grab and customize as needed:

/* PROJECT */

	Site Name:   Perishable Press
	Site URL:    https://perishablepress.com/
	Created:     2005/01/01
	Standards:   HTML5, CSS3
	Components:  jQuery
	Software:    WordPress
	Plugins:     Akismet, XML Sitemaps, Broken Link Checker, et al
	Web Design:  Jeff Starr @ Monzilla Media

/* AUTHOR */

	Name:        Jeff Starr
	Nickname:    Perishable
	Title:       CEO, Monzilla Media & Perishable Press Books
	Location:    Washington State
	Site:        https://monzillamedia.com/
	Site:        https://wp-tao.com/store/
	Blog:        https://perishablepress.com/
	Contact:     https://perishablepress.com/contact/
	Donation:    https://m0n.co/donate

/* SOCIAL */

	About.me:    https://about.me/jeffstarr
	WordPress:   https://profiles.wordpress.org/specialk/
	Linkedin:    https://linkedin.com/in/perishable
	Twitter:     https://twitter.com/perishable
	Plugins:     https://plugin-planet.com/
	Themes:      https://perishablepress.com/perishable-wordpress-themes/
	Facebook:    https://www.facebook.com/jeff.m.starr
	Google+:     https://plus.google.com/116997484632739778984/
	Instagram:   https://www.instagram.com/perishable/
	YouTube:     https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCU8j5aGOd8jhk-Hyj6ZF7gw
	Tumblr:      http://perishable.tumblr.com/

/* META */

	Built with: WordPress, PHP, HTML, CSS, jQuery, JavaScript, SQL, .htaccess :)

/* THANKS */

	To everyone who shares, likes, comments, and contributes!

One thing I enjoy about writing humans.txt files is the flexible structure.. I mean, you can add anything you want: names, URLs, even ASCII art, if you’re bold enough. It’s also a good way of keeping track of the state of your portfolio at the time when the site was created. For example, I recently updated the humans infos across my domains, and realized how much had changed in the interim; it was like a virtual walk down memory lane, er, sort of.