What is 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.
Jekyll is a tool in the Static Site Generators category of a tech stack.
Jekyll is an open source tool with 38K GitHub stars and 8.3K GitHub forks. Here’s a link to Jekyll's open source repository on GitHub

Who uses Jekyll?

Companies
110 companies use Jekyll in their tech stacks, including Tilt, New Relic, and Sentry.

Developers
123 developers use Jekyll.

Jekyll Integrations

Algolia, Buddy, GitLab Pages, GitHub Personal Website Generator, and Commentit are some of the popular tools that integrate with Jekyll. Here's a list of all 6 tools that integrate with Jekyll.

Why developers like Jekyll?

Here’s a list of reasons why companies and developers use Jekyll
Jekyll Reviews

Here are some stack decisions, common use cases and reviews by companies and developers who chose Jekyll in their tech stack.

Todd Gardner
Todd Gardner
President at TrackJS · | 4 upvotes · 14.4K views
atTrackJS
Gatsby
Read the Docs
ReadMe.io
GitHub Pages
Jekyll

We recently needed to rebuild our documentation site, currently built using Jekyll hosted on GitHub Pages. We wanted to update the content and refresh the style to make it easier to find answers.

We considered hosted services that could accept our markdown content, like ReadMe.io and Read the Docs, however both seemed expensive for essentially hosting the same platform we already had for free.

I also looked at the Gatsby Static Site generator to modernize Jekyll. I don't think this is a fit, as our documentation is relatively simple and relies heavily on Markdown. Jekyll excels at Markdown, while Gatsby seemed to struggle with it.

We chose to stick with the current platform and just refresh our template and style with some add-on JavaScript.

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Josh Dzielak
Josh Dzielak
Developer Advocate at DeveloperMode · | 4 upvotes · 7.3K views
Hugo
Jekyll

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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Justin Dorfman
Justin Dorfman
Developer Evangelist at StackShare · | 4 upvotes · 5.1K views
Fastly
Grunt
jQuery
Bootstrap
Jekyll
Let's Encrypt
Netlify
GitHub Pages
MaxCDN
#Webperf
#StaticSiteGenerators
#GoogleFonts
#CDN

When my SSL cert MaxCDN was expiring on my personal site I decided it was a good time to revamp some things. Since GitHub Services is depreciated I can no longer have #CDN cache purges automated among other things. So I decided on the following: GitHub Pages, Netlify, Let's Encrypt and Jekyll. Staying the same was Bootstrap, jQuery, Grunt & #GoogleFonts.

What's awesome about GitHub Pages is that it has a #CDN (Fastly) built-in and anytime you push to master, it purges the cache instantaneously without you have to do anything special. Netlify is magic, I highly recommend it to anyone using #StaticSiteGenerators.

For the most part, everything went smoothly. The only things I had issues with were the following:

  • If you want to point www to GitHub Pages you need to rename the repo to www
  • If you edit something in the _config.yml you need to restart bundle exec jekyll s or changes won't show
  • I had to disable the Grunt htmlmin module. I replaced it with Jekyll layout that compresses HTML for #webperf

Last but certainly not least, I made a donation to Let's Encrypt. If you use their service consider doing it too: https://letsencrypt.org/donate/

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across_the_grid
across_the_grid
Full-stack web developer at Capmo GmbH · | 3 upvotes · 1.3K views
Jekyll

I use Jekyll because the research project required a good documentation for others. The GitHub wiki would have been okay too, but a own static website gives you more (design) freedom. It can be easily hosted with the help of GitHub Pages. It can also be used as a blog, which is very handly for everyone, who wants to create one.

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Matt Welke
Matt Welke
Software Developer at GroupBy Inc. · | 2 upvotes · 827 views
Jekyll
Netlify

I use Netlify to host my personal developer blog built with Jekyll because it's easy to set up, link to my domain, and deploy.

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Yashu Mittal
Yashu Mittal
Founder & CEO at CodeCarrot · | 1 upvotes · 4K views
atCodeCarrot
Markdown
Ruby
Jekyll

Jekyll is an open source static site generator (SSG) with a Ruby at its core which transform your plain text into static websites and blogs.

It is simple means no more databases, comment moderation, or pesky updates to install—just your content. As said earlier SSG uses Markdown, Liquid, HTML & CSS go in and come out ready for deployment. Lastly it's blog-aware permalinks, categories, pages, posts, and custom layouts are all first-class citizens here.

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Jekyll's features

  • Simple - No more databases, comment moderation, or pesky updates to install—just your content.
  • Static - Markdown (or Textile), Liquid, HTML & CSS go in. Static sites come out ready for deployment.
  • Blog-aware - Permalinks, categories, pages, posts, and custom layouts are all first-class citizens here.

Jekyll Alternatives & Comparisons

What are some alternatives to Jekyll?
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.
Gatsby
Gatsby lets you build blazing fast sites with your data, whatever the source. Liberate your sites from legacy CMSs and fly into the future.
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.
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.
Middleman
Middleman is a command-line tool for creating static websites using all the shortcuts and tools of the modern web development environment.
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