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Cactus vs Hexo: What are the differences?

Developers describe Cactus as "Static site generator for designers. Uses Python and Django templates". Cactus makes setting up a website look easy. Choose a template for a blog, portfolio or single page and Cactus generates all files and folders to get you on your way. On the other hand, Hexo is detailed as "A fast, simple & powerful blog framework, powered by Node.js". 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.

Cactus and Hexo can be categorized as "Static Site Generators" tools.

Some of the features offered by Cactus are:

  • Mac App
  • Focus on editing - Under the hood, Cactus runs a small local web server for each website you're working on. This makes it possible to build your website locally, using modern web technologies, and have the results generated to a collection of flat files.
  • Live preview anywhere - Cactus monitors all changes you make to your files and automatically refreshes your browser. Preview your project on mobile devices, and they'll instantly refresh too.

On the other hand, Hexo provides the following key features:

  • Blazing Fast - Node.js brings you incredible generating speed. Hundreds of files take only seconds to build.
  • Markdown Support - All features of GitHub Flavored Markdown are supported. You can even use most Octopress plugins in Hexo.
  • One-Command Deployment - You only need one command to deploy your site to GitHub Pages, Heroku or other sites.

Cactus and Hexo are both open source tools. It seems that Hexo with 27.1K GitHub stars and 3.6K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Cactus with 3.29K GitHub stars and 316 GitHub forks.

What is Cactus?

Cactus makes setting up a website look easy. Choose a template for a blog, portfolio or single page and Cactus generates all files and folders to get you on your way.

What is 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.
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      jr0cket uses HexoHexo

      Content for blog posts and pages is written in markdown format, using Emacs. Hexo generates the site using my own customised theme. The site is then deployed to Github pages

      Avatar of Doug Bromley
      Doug Bromley uses HexoHexo

      To build my site blog. I also created a tag plugin for Hexo that enables you to embed Deezer objects in your page.

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      Erudika uses HexoHexo

      We use Hexo to generate our static blog.

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      ByeongGi uses HexoHexo
      • 개인 git blog로 현재 잘 사용하고 있음
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      Yoshinori N uses HexoHexo
      • Generate static site
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