Notion has undoubtedly seen huge growth in the past three years. With a 20x increase in users from 1 million in 2
019 to 20 million in 2021, it has proven to be a valuable tool for any business.
And with this growth, we’ve already seen Notion fill a variety of business roles. For example: It’s being used for hiring, for landing pages, and even for personal blogs.
But there is another use case that Notion looks promising for: Public Product Documentation.
If you think about it, Notion would be the perfect candidate. The writing process can happen seamlessly in real-time through the cloud. Then, when you want to convey some technical information, Notion’s custom blocks offer all the additional functionality.
Here’s just some of the long-list of pros with this approach:
- ✅ Documentation can be written collaboratively
- ✅ Easy for all stakeholders to contribute to docs
- ✅ Ability to write in your team’s central workspace
- ✅ No git repo attachment needed
- ✅ Use Notion’s custom blocks (tables, embeds, dropdowns, code blocks)
- ✅ Everything is intuitive and drag-and-drop
- ✅ Use your company’s existing toolchain and internal knowledge base
But there are also some cons that you should be aware of:
- ❌ SEO Considerations
- ❌ Matching your Company Branding
- ❌ Cost ($8/User/Month)
- ❌ No edit/publish cycle
With lots of the pros looking attractive, how can we get all the benefits of Notion for documentation without the drawbacks?
Use an add-on tool for Notion such as: Engine.so.
Engine.so lets you write in Notion, then publish those pages as a completely custom-branded knowledge base. It’s therefore possible to have all the pros of writing with Notion, plus all the pros of traditional documentation tools. Let’s take a look at how Engine does this:
- 👏 SEO — Engine.so pages are pre-fetched and statically rendered, so they’re lightning fast⚡. You can also set custom favicons, SEO title & description, and the whole page is indexable by google.
- 👏 Branding — Engine.so lets you put your company’s custom branding on your knowledge base. Use your own logos, colors, and layouts. Very simple.
- 👏 Cost — Instead of a per user price with Notion, Engine is a fixed monthly fee. Pricing can be predictable, and your team can grow without your costs growing with them.
- 👏 Edit/Publish — Engine bakes in an edit/publish workflow. This means you can edit a live page to make your tweaks, then publish when it’s exactly to your liking.
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Hopefully this gave you some better ideas on using Notion for your documentation site. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out. My email is email@example.com.