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Refactor CI/CD landing page from feedback

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# GitLab Continuous Integration (GitLab CI/CD)
**GitLab CI/CD** is GitLab's built-in tool for software development using the Continuous Methodology (Continuous Integration, Continuous Delivery, Continuous Deployment).
GitLab CI/CD is GitLab's built-in tool for software development using continuous methodology:
## Overview
CI/CD is a vast area, so GitLab provides documentation for all levels of expertise. Consult the following table to find the right documentation for you:
| Level of expertise | Resource |
|:------------------------------------|:--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
| New to the concepts of CI and CD | For a high-level overview, read an [introduction to CI/CD with GitLab](introduction/index.md). |
| Familiar with GitLab CI/CD concepts | After getting familiar with GitLab CI/CD, let us walk you through a simple example in our [quick start guide](quick_start/README.md). |
| A GitLab CI/CD expert | Jump straight to our [`.gitlab.yml`](yaml/README.md) reference. |
- Continuous integration (CI).
- Continuous delivery and deployment (CD).
NOTE: **Note:**
Within the [DevOps lifecycle](../README.md#the-entire-devops-lifecycle), GitLab CI/CD spans
the [Verify (CI)](../README.md#verify) and [Release (CD)](../README.md#release) stages.
## Essentials
## Overview
The following documentation provides the minimum required knowledge for making use of GitLab CI/CD:
CI/CD is a vast area, so GitLab provides documentation for all levels of expertise. Consult the following table to find the right documentation for you:
| Topic | Description |
|:------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|:----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
| [Getting started with GitLab CI/CD](quick_start/README.md) | Outlines the first steps for configuring GitLab CI/CD. |
| [Introduction to pipelines and jobs](pipelines.md) | Provides an overview of GitLab CI/CD and jobs. |
| [Configuration of your pipelines with `.gitlab-ci.yml`](yaml/README.md) | A comprehensive reference for the `.gitlab-ci.yml` file. |
| [`.gitlab-ci.yml` introduction](../user/project/pages/getting_started_part_four.md) | A step-by-step introduction to writing a GitLab CI/CD configuration file (`.gitlab-ci.yml`) for the first time. |
| Level of expertise | Resource |
|:------------------------------------|:------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
| New to the concepts of CI and CD | For a high-level overview, read an [introduction to CI/CD with GitLab](introduction/index.md). |
| Familiar with GitLab CI/CD concepts | After getting familiar with GitLab CI/CD, let us walk you through a simple example in our [getting started guide](quick_start/README.md). |
| A GitLab CI/CD expert | Jump straight to our [`.gitlab.yml`](yaml/README.md) reference. |
NOTE: **Note:**
Familiarity with [GitLab Runner](https://docs.gitlab.com/runner/) is useful because it is
responsible for running the jobs in your CI/CD pipeline. On GitLab.com, shared Runners are enabled
by default so you don't need to set up anything to get started.
Familiarity with GitLab Runner is also useful because it is responsible for running the jobs in your
CI/CD pipeline. On GitLab.com, shared Runners are enabled by default so you won't need to set this up to get started.
### Auto DevOps
## CI/CD with Auto DevOps
An alternative to manually configuring CI/CD, GitLab supports [Auto DevOps](../topics/autodevops/index.md),
which:
[Auto DevOps](../topics/autodevops/index.md) is the default minimum-configuration method for
implementing CI/CD. Auto DevOps:
- Provides simplified setup and execution of CI/CD.
- Allows GitLab to automatically detect, build, test, deploy, and monitor your applications.
## Basic usage
## Manually configured CI/CD
For complete control, you can manually configure GitLab CI/CD.
### Usage
With basic knowledge of how GitLab CI/CD works, the following documentation extends your knowledge
into more features:
| Topic | Description |
|:-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|:---------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
| [CI/CD Variables](variables/README.md) | How environment variables can be configured and made available in pipelines. |
| [Where variables can be used](variables/where_variables_can_be_used.md) | A deeper look into where and how CI/CD variables can be used. |
| [User](../user/permissions.md#gitlab-ci) and [job](../user/permissions.md#job-permissions) permissions | Learn about the access levels a user can have for performing certain CI actions. |
| [Configuring GitLab Runners](runners/README.md) | Documentation for configuring [GitLab Runner](https://docs.gitlab.com/runner/). |
## Advanced usage
Once you get familiar with the basics of GitLab CI/CD, consult the following documentation to make
use of advanced features:
| Topic | Description |
|:---------------------------------------------------------------------------------|:-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
| [Introduction to environments and deployments](environments.md) | Learn how to separate your jobs into environments and use them for different purposes like testing, building and, deploying. |
| [Job artifacts](../user/project/pipelines/job_artifacts.md) | Learn about the output of jobs. |
| [Cache dependencies in GitLab CI/CD](caching/index.md) | Discover how to speed up pipelines using caching. |
| [Using Git submodules with GitLab CI](git_submodules.md) | How to run your CI jobs when using Git submodules. |
| [Pipelines for merge requests](merge_request_pipelines/index.md) | Create pipelines specifically for merge requests. |
| [Using SSH keys with GitLab CI/CD](ssh_keys/README.md) | Use SSH keys in your build environment. |
| [Triggering pipelines through the API](triggers/README.md) | Use the GitLab API to trigger a pipeline. |
| [Pipeline schedules](../user/project/pipelines/schedules.md) | Trigger pipelines on a schedule. |
| [Connecting GitLab with a Kubernetes cluster](../user/project/clusters/index.md) | Integrate one or more Kubernetes clusters to your project. |
| [ChatOps](chatops/README.md) | Trigger CI jobs from chat, with results sent back to the channel. |
| [Interactive web terminals](interactive_web_terminal/index.md) | Open an interactive web terminal to debug the running jobs. |
| Topic | Description |
|:-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|:-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
| [Introduction to pipelines and jobs](pipelines.md) | Provides an overview of GitLab CI/CD and jobs. |
| [CI/CD Variables](variables/README.md) | How environment variables can be configured and made available in pipelines. |
| [Where variables can be used](variables/where_variables_can_be_used.md) | A deeper look into where and how CI/CD variables can be used. |
| [User](../user/permissions.md#gitlab-ci) and [job](../user/permissions.md#job-permissions) permissions | Learn about the access levels a user can have for performing certain CI actions. |
| [Configuring GitLab Runners](runners/README.md) | Documentation for configuring [GitLab Runner](https://docs.gitlab.com/runner/). |
| [Introduction to environments and deployments](environments.md) | Learn how to separate your jobs into environments and use them for different purposes like testing, building and, deploying. |
| [Job artifacts](../user/project/pipelines/job_artifacts.md) | Learn about the output of jobs. |
| [Cache dependencies in GitLab CI/CD](caching/index.md) | Discover how to speed up pipelines using caching. |
| [Using Git submodules with GitLab CI](git_submodules.md) | How to run your CI jobs when using Git submodules. |
| [Pipelines for merge requests](merge_request_pipelines/index.md) | Create pipelines specifically for merge requests. |
| [Using SSH keys with GitLab CI/CD](ssh_keys/README.md) | Use SSH keys in your build environment. |
| [Triggering pipelines through the API](triggers/README.md) | Use the GitLab API to trigger a pipeline. |
| [Pipeline schedules](../user/project/pipelines/schedules.md) | Trigger pipelines on a schedule. |
| [Connecting GitLab with a Kubernetes cluster](../user/project/clusters/index.md) | Integrate one or more Kubernetes clusters to your project. |
| [ChatOps](chatops/README.md) | Trigger CI jobs from chat, with results sent back to the channel. |
| [Interactive web terminals](interactive_web_terminal/index.md) | Open an interactive web terminal to debug the running jobs. |
### GitLab Pages
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documentation on [GitLab Pages](../user/project/pages/index.md),
or dive right into the [CI/CD step-by-step guide for Pages](../user/project/pages/getting_started_part_four.md).
## Examples
### Examples
GitLab provides examples of configuring GitLab CI/CD in the form of:
- A collection of [examples and other resources](examples/README.md).
- Example projects, available at the [`gitlab-examples`](https://gitlab.com/gitlab-examples) group. For example, see:
- [`multi-project-pipelines`](https://gitlab.com/gitlab-examples/multi-project-pipelines) for examples of implementing multi-project-pipelines.
- Example projects that are available at the [`gitlab-examples`](https://gitlab.com/gitlab-examples) group. For example, see:
- [`multi-project-pipelines`](https://gitlab.com/gitlab-examples/multi-project-pipelines) for examples of implementing multi-project pipelines.
- [`review-apps-nginx`](https://gitlab.com/gitlab-examples/review-apps-nginx/) provides an example of using Review Apps.
## Administration
### Administration
As a GitLab administrator, you can change the default behavior of GitLab CI/CD for:
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- [How to enable or disable GitLab CI/CD](enable_or_disable_ci.md).
- Other [CI administration settings](../administration/index.md#continuous-integration-settings).
## Using Docker
### Using Docker
Docker is commonly used with GitLab CI/CD. Learn more about how to to accomplish this with the following
documentation:
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The following articles explain reasons to use GitLab CI/CD for your CI/CD infrastructure:
- [Why we chose GitLab CI for our CI/CD solution](https://about.gitlab.com/2016/10/17/gitlab-ci-oohlala/).
- [Building our web-app on GitLab CI](https://about.gitlab.com/2016/07/22/building-our-web-app-on-gitlab-ci/).
- [Why we chose GitLab CI for our CI/CD solution](https://about.gitlab.com/2016/10/17/gitlab-ci-oohlala/)
- [Building our web-app on GitLab CI](https://about.gitlab.com/2016/07/22/building-our-web-app-on-gitlab-ci/)
See also the [Why CI/CD?](https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1OGgk2Tcxbpl7DJaIOzCX4Vqg3dlwfELC3u2jEeCBbDk) presentation.
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