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Alternatives to Gatsby

Hugo, Next.js, React, Jekyll, and Create React App are the most popular alternatives and competitors to Gatsby.
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What is Gatsby and what are its top alternatives?

Gatsby lets you build blazing fast sites with your data, whatever the source. Liberate your sites from legacy CMSs and fly into the future.
Gatsby is a tool in the Static Site Generators category of a tech stack.
Gatsby is an open source tool with 53.8K GitHub stars and 10.5K GitHub forks. Here’s a link to Gatsby's open source repository on GitHub

Top Alternatives to Gatsby

  • Hugo
    Hugo

    Hugo is a static site generator written in Go. It is optimized for speed, easy use and configurability. Hugo takes a directory with content and templates and renders them into a full html website. Hugo makes use of markdown files with front matter for meta data. ...

  • Next.js
    Next.js

    Next.js is a minimalistic framework for server-rendered React applications.

  • React
    React

    Lots of people use React as the V in MVC. Since React makes no assumptions about the rest of your technology stack, it's easy to try it out on a small feature in an existing project. ...

  • Jekyll
    Jekyll

    Think of Jekyll as a file-based CMS, without all the complexity. Jekyll takes your content, renders Markdown and Liquid templates, and spits out a complete, static website ready to be served by Apache, Nginx or another web server. Jekyll is the engine behind GitHub Pages, which you can use to host sites right from your GitHub repositories. ...

  • Create React App
    Create React App

    Create React apps with no build configuration.

  • WordPress
    WordPress

    The core software is built by hundreds of community volunteers, and when you’re ready for more there are thousands of plugins and themes available to transform your site into almost anything you can imagine. Over 60 million people have chosen WordPress to power the place on the web they call “home” — we’d love you to join the family. ...

  • Hexo
    Hexo

    Hexo is a fast, simple and powerful blog framework. It parses your posts with Markdown or other render engine and generates static files with the beautiful theme. All of these just take seconds. ...

  • VuePress
    VuePress

    A minimalistic static site generator with a Vue-powered theming system, and a default theme optimized for writing technical documentation. It was created to support the documentation needs of Vue's own sub projects. ...

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Hugo

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PROS OF HUGO
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    Lightning fast
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    Single Executable
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    Easy setup
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    Great development community
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    Open source
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    Write in golang
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    Hacker mindset
  • 7
    Not HTML only - JSON, RSS
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    LiveReload built in
  • 4
    Very fast builds
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    Gitlab pages integration
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    Easy to customize themes
  • 3
    Easy to learn
  • 3
    Fast builds
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    Well documented
CONS OF HUGO
  • 4
    No Plugins/Extensions
  • 2
    Template syntax not friendly
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    Quick builds

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John-Daniel Trask
Co-founder & CEO at Raygun · | 19 upvotes · 259.2K views
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There’s no doubt WordPress is a great CMS, which is very user friendly. When we started the company, our blog wasn’t really our top priority, and it ended up being hosted on a fairly obscure server within our setup, which didn’t really change much until recently when things become harder to manage and make significant updates.

As our marketing team increased, the amount of traffic that found us through our content marketing increased. We found ourselves struggling to maintain our Wordpress install given the amount of theme updates, plugins and security patches needing to be applied. Our biggest driver to find an alternative solution however was just how slow Wordpress is at serving content to the end user. I know there will be die hard fans out there with ways to set things up that mean WordPress sites can load quickly, but we needed something a lot more streamlined.

We could see in our own Real User Monitoring tool that many users were experiencing page load speeds of over five seconds, even longer in worst case scenarios. Hugo is an open source static site generator that has enabled us to reduce load times by over 500% and make our blog far more maintainable across the whole team.

The Raygun marketing site runs on a .NET CMS called N2 but we plan to swap that out with Hugo as well in future.

#StaticSiteGenerators #SelfHostedBloggingCms #SupportSalesAndMarketing

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Josh Dzielak
Co-Founder & CTO at Orbit · | 5 upvotes · 382.7K views
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Earlier this year, I migrated my personal website (dzello.com) from Jekyll to Hugo. My goal with the migration was to make the development environment as pleasant as possible and to make it really easy to add new types of content. For example, I knew I wanted to add a consulting page and some portfolio-style pages to show off talks I had given and projects I had worked on.

I had heard about how fast Hugo was, so I tried it out with my content after using a simple migration tool. The results were impressive - the startup and rebuild times were in milliseconds, making the process of iterating on content or design less cumbersome. Then I started to see how I could use Hugo to create new page types and was very impressed by the flexibility of the content model. It took me a few days to really understand where content should go with Hugo, but then I felt very confident that I could create many different types of pages - even multiple blogs if I wanted - using a consistent syntax and with full control of the layouts and the URLs.

After about 6 months, I've been very happy with the results of the migration. The dev environment is light and fast and I feel at ease adding new pages and sections to the site.

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Next.js

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A small framework for server-rendered universal JavaScript apps
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PROS OF NEXT.JS
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    Automatic server rendering and code splitting
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    Built with React
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    Easy setup
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    Universal JavaScript
  • 21
    TypeScript
  • 21
    Zero setup
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    Static site generator
  • 11
    Simple deployment
  • 11
    Incremental static regeneration
  • 10
    Just JavaScript
  • 9
    Filesystem as an API
  • 9
    Frictionless development
  • 8
    Testing
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    Well Documented
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    Everything is a function
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    Isomorphic React applications
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    Has many examples and integrations
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    File based routing + hooks built in
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    Deployment
CONS OF NEXT.JS
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    Structure is weak compared to Angular(2+)

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I'm working as one of the engineering leads in RunaHR. As our platform is a Saas, we thought It'd be good to have an API (We chose Ruby and Rails for this) and a SPA (built with React and Redux ) connected. We started the SPA with Create React App since It's pretty easy to start.

We use Jest as the testing framework and react-testing-library to test React components. In Rails we make tests using RSpec.

Our main database is PostgreSQL, but we also use MongoDB to store some type of data. We started to use Redis  for cache and other time sensitive operations.

We have a couple of extra projects: One is an Employee app built with React Native and the other is an internal back office dashboard built with Next.js for the client and Python in the backend side.

Since we have different frontend apps we have found useful to have Bit to document visual components and utils in JavaScript.

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Robert Zuber

We are in the process of adopting Next.js as our React framework and using Storybook to help build our React components in isolation. This new part of our frontend is written in TypeScript, and we use Emotion for CSS/styling. For delivering data, we use GraphQL and Apollo. Jest, Percy, and Cypress are used for testing.

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React

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PROS OF REACT
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    Components
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    Virtual dom
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    Performance
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    Simplicity
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    Composable
  • 180
    Data flow
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    Declarative
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    Isn't an mvc framework
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    Reactive updates
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    Explicit app state
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    JSX
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    Learn once, write everywhere
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    Uni-directional data flow
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    Easy to Use
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    Works great with Flux Architecture
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    Great perfomance
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    Built by Facebook
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    Javascript
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    TypeScript support
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    Speed
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    Server Side Rendering
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    Scalable
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    Awesome
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    Hooks
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    Feels like the 90s
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    Easy to start
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    Cross-platform
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    Easy as Lego
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    Functional
  • 4
    Server side views
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    Fancy third party tools
  • 4
    Scales super well
  • 4
    Excellent Documentation
  • 4
    Props
  • 4
    Closer to standard JavaScript and HTML than others
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    Simple
  • 3
    Allows creating single page applications
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    Simple, easy to reason about and makes you productive
  • 3
    Fast evolving
  • 3
    SSR
  • 3
    Great migration pathway for older systems
  • 3
    Rich ecosystem
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    Super easy
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    Has functional components
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    Just the View of MVC
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    Beautiful and Neat Component Management
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    Sdfsdfsdf
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    Very gentle learning curve
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    Start simple
  • 3
    Has arrow functions
  • 3
    Strong Community
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    Every decision architecture wise makes sense
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    Sharable
  • 2
    Fragments
  • 2
    Permissively-licensed
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    Split your UI into components with one true state
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    Image upload
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    Recharts
CONS OF REACT
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    Requires discipline to keep architecture organized
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    No predefined way to structure your app
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    Need to be familiar with lots of third party packages
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    JSX
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    Not enterprise friendly
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    One-way binding only
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    State consistency with backend neglected
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    Bad Documentation
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    Paradigms change too fast

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Team Lead at Technovert · | 31 upvotes · 2.2M views

I am starting to become a full-stack developer, by choosing and learning .NET Core for API Development, Angular CLI / React for UI Development, MongoDB for database, as it a NoSQL DB and Flutter / React Native for Mobile App Development. Using Postman, Markdown and Visual Studio Code for development.

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Adebayo Akinlaja
Engineering Manager at Andela · | 28 upvotes · 1.5M views

I picked up an idea to develop and it was no brainer I had to go with React for the frontend. I was faced with challenges when it came to what component framework to use. I had worked extensively with Material-UI but I needed something different that would offer me wider range of well customized components (I became pretty slow at styling). I brought in Evergreen after several sampling and reads online but again, after several prototype development against Evergreen—since I was using TypeScript and I had to import custom Type, it felt exhaustive. After I validated Evergreen with the designs of the idea I was developing, I also noticed I might have to do a lot of styling. I later stumbled on Material Kit, the one specifically made for React . It was promising with beautifully crafted components, most of which fits into the designs pages I had on ground.

A major problem of Material Kit for me is it isn't written in TypeScript and there isn't any plans to support its TypeScript version. I rolled up my sleeve and started converting their components to TypeScript and if you'll ask me, I am still on it.

In summary, I used the Create React App with TypeScript support and I am spending some time converting Material Kit to TypeScript before I start developing against it. All of these components are going to be hosted on Bit.

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Jekyll

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PROS OF JEKYLL
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    Github pages integration
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    Open source
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    It's slick, customisable and hackerish
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    Easy to deploy
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    Straightforward cms for the hacker mindset
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    Gitlab pages integration
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    Best for blogging
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    Low maintenance
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    Easy to integrate localization
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    Huge plugins ecosystem
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    Authoring freedom and simplicity
CONS OF JEKYLL
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    Build time increases exponentially as site grows
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    Lack of developments lately
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    Og doesn't work with postings dynamically

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Dale Ross
Independent Contractor at Self Employed · | 22 upvotes · 1.2M views

I've heard that I have the ability to write well, at times. When it flows, it flows. I decided to start blogging in 2013 on Blogger. I started a company and joined BizPark with the Microsoft Azure allotment. I created a WordPress blog and did a migration at some point. A lot happened in the time after that migration but I stopped coding and changed cities during tumultuous times that taught me many lessons concerning mental health and productivity. I eventually graduated from BizSpark and outgrew the credit allotment. That killed the WordPress blog.

I blogged about writing again on the existing Blogger blog but it didn't feel right. I looked at a few options where I wouldn't have to worry about hosting cost indefinitely and Jekyll stood out with GitHub Pages. The Importer was fairly straightforward for the existing blog posts.

Todo * Set up redirects for all posts on blogger. The URI format is different so a complete redirect wouldn't work. Although, there may be something in Jekyll that could manage the redirects. I did notice the old URLs were stored in the front matter. I'm working on a command-line Ruby gem for the current plan. * I did find some of the lost WordPress posts on archive.org that I downloaded with the waybackmachinedownloader. I think I might write an importer for that. * I still have a few Disqus comment threads to map

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Josh Dzielak
Co-Founder & CTO at Orbit · | 5 upvotes · 382.7K views
Shared insights
on
JekyllJekyllHugoHugo

Earlier this year, I migrated my personal website (dzello.com) from Jekyll to Hugo. My goal with the migration was to make the development environment as pleasant as possible and to make it really easy to add new types of content. For example, I knew I wanted to add a consulting page and some portfolio-style pages to show off talks I had given and projects I had worked on.

I had heard about how fast Hugo was, so I tried it out with my content after using a simple migration tool. The results were impressive - the startup and rebuild times were in milliseconds, making the process of iterating on content or design less cumbersome. Then I started to see how I could use Hugo to create new page types and was very impressed by the flexibility of the content model. It took me a few days to really understand where content should go with Hugo, but then I felt very confident that I could create many different types of pages - even multiple blogs if I wanted - using a consistent syntax and with full control of the layouts and the URLs.

After about 6 months, I've been very happy with the results of the migration. The dev environment is light and fast and I feel at ease adding new pages and sections to the site.

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Create React App

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CONS OF CREATE REACT APP
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    No SSR

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Adebayo Akinlaja
Engineering Manager at Andela · | 28 upvotes · 1.5M views

I picked up an idea to develop and it was no brainer I had to go with React for the frontend. I was faced with challenges when it came to what component framework to use. I had worked extensively with Material-UI but I needed something different that would offer me wider range of well customized components (I became pretty slow at styling). I brought in Evergreen after several sampling and reads online but again, after several prototype development against Evergreen—since I was using TypeScript and I had to import custom Type, it felt exhaustive. After I validated Evergreen with the designs of the idea I was developing, I also noticed I might have to do a lot of styling. I later stumbled on Material Kit, the one specifically made for React . It was promising with beautifully crafted components, most of which fits into the designs pages I had on ground.

A major problem of Material Kit for me is it isn't written in TypeScript and there isn't any plans to support its TypeScript version. I rolled up my sleeve and started converting their components to TypeScript and if you'll ask me, I am still on it.

In summary, I used the Create React App with TypeScript support and I am spending some time converting Material Kit to TypeScript before I start developing against it. All of these components are going to be hosted on Bit.

If you feel I am crazy or I have gotten something wrong, I'll be willing to listen to your opinion. Also, if you want to have a share of whatever TypeScript version of Material Kit I end up coming up with, let me know.

See more

I'm working as one of the engineering leads in RunaHR. As our platform is a Saas, we thought It'd be good to have an API (We chose Ruby and Rails for this) and a SPA (built with React and Redux ) connected. We started the SPA with Create React App since It's pretty easy to start.

We use Jest as the testing framework and react-testing-library to test React components. In Rails we make tests using RSpec.

Our main database is PostgreSQL, but we also use MongoDB to store some type of data. We started to use Redis  for cache and other time sensitive operations.

We have a couple of extra projects: One is an Employee app built with React Native and the other is an internal back office dashboard built with Next.js for the client and Python in the backend side.

Since we have different frontend apps we have found useful to have Bit to document visual components and utils in JavaScript.

See more
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WordPress

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    Customizable
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    Easy to manage
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    Plugins & themes
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    Non-tech colleagues can update website content
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    Really powerful
  • 144
    Rapid website development
  • 77
    Best documentation
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    Codex
  • 44
    Product feature set
  • 35
    Custom/internal social network
  • 16
    Open source
  • 8
    Great for all types of websites
  • 6
    Huge install and user base
  • 5
    Best
  • 5
    It's simple and easy to use by any novice
  • 5
    Perfect example of user collaboration
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    Open Source Community
  • 5
    Most websites make use of it
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    I like it like I like a kick in the groin
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    Community
  • 4
    API-based CMS
  • 3
    Easy To use
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    <a href="https://secure.wphackedhel">Easy Beginner</a>
CONS OF WORDPRESS
  • 12
    Plugins are of mixed quality
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    Hard to keep up-to-date if you customize things
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    Not best backend UI
  • 2
    Complex Organization
  • 1
    Great Security

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Dale Ross
Independent Contractor at Self Employed · | 22 upvotes · 1.2M views

I've heard that I have the ability to write well, at times. When it flows, it flows. I decided to start blogging in 2013 on Blogger. I started a company and joined BizPark with the Microsoft Azure allotment. I created a WordPress blog and did a migration at some point. A lot happened in the time after that migration but I stopped coding and changed cities during tumultuous times that taught me many lessons concerning mental health and productivity. I eventually graduated from BizSpark and outgrew the credit allotment. That killed the WordPress blog.

I blogged about writing again on the existing Blogger blog but it didn't feel right. I looked at a few options where I wouldn't have to worry about hosting cost indefinitely and Jekyll stood out with GitHub Pages. The Importer was fairly straightforward for the existing blog posts.

Todo * Set up redirects for all posts on blogger. The URI format is different so a complete redirect wouldn't work. Although, there may be something in Jekyll that could manage the redirects. I did notice the old URLs were stored in the front matter. I'm working on a command-line Ruby gem for the current plan. * I did find some of the lost WordPress posts on archive.org that I downloaded with the waybackmachinedownloader. I think I might write an importer for that. * I still have a few Disqus comment threads to map

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Siddhant Sharma
Tech Connoisseur at Channelize.io · | 12 upvotes · 911.7K views

WordPress Magento PHP Java Swift JavaScript

Back in the days, we started looking for a date on different matrimonial websites as there were no Dating Applications. We used to create different profiles. It all changed in 2012 when Tinder, an Online Dating application came into India Market.

Tinder allowed us to communicate with our potential soul mates. That too without paying any extra money. I too got 4-6 matches in 6 years. It changed the life of many Millennials. Tinder created a revolution of its own. P.S. - I still don't have a date :(

Posting my first article. Please have a look and do give feedback.

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Hexo

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PROS OF HEXO
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    Ease of deployment
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    Uses NodeJS and npm
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    Easy GitHub Pages publishing
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    Powerful templating
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    Useful tools and plugins
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    Easy intergrating with js
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    Open source
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    Blazing Fast
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    VuePress

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      It's Vue
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    CONS OF VUEPRESS
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      Its Vue

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    I want to build a documentation tool - functionally equivalent to MkDocs. The initial choice ought to be VuePress - but I know of at least one respectable developer who started with VuePress and switched to Nuxt.js. A rich set of "themes" is a plus and all documents ought to be in Markdown.

    Any opinions?

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