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Manuel Feller
Frontend Engineer at BI X · | 4 upvotes · 161.3K views

As a Frontend Developer I wanted something simple to generate static websites with technology I am familiar with. GatsbyJS was in the stack I am familiar with, does not need any other languages / package managers and allows quick content deployment in pure HTML or Markdown (what you prefer for a project). It also does not require you to understand a theming engine if you need a custom design.

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Pros of CMS.js
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      Generated websites are super fast
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      Progressive Web Apps generation
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      Easy to connect with lots of CMS via official plugins
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      Reusable components (React)
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      Allows to use markdown files as articles
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      All the benefits of a static website + React+GraphQL
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      List of starters as base for new project
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      Easy to connect with Drupal via official plugin
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      Open source
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      Gitlab pages integration
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      Incremental Build
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      All the benefits of a static website + React+GraphQL

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    Cons of CMS.js
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        No ssr
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        Very slow builds
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        Documentation isn't complete.
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        Slow builds
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        Flash of unstyled content issues
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        Problematic between develop and build commands
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        Difficult debugging
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        Too many dependencies
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        Plugin driven development
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        Difficult maintenance
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      What is CMS.js?

      CMS.js is fully client-side, Javascript site generator in the spirit of Jekyll that uses plain ol' HTML, CSS and Javascript to generate your website. CMS.js is like a file-based CMS. It takes your content, renders Markdown and delivers a complete website in Single-Page App fashion...without the aid of server-side scripting (no Node.js, PHP, Ruby, etc.).

      What is 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.

      What is React-Static?

      React-Static is a next-gen static site generator for React. Finally, you can build a website like you do any other React App. There's no special CMS, query language, or crazy lifecycle hooks. Just good old React producing an amazing SEO-ready, user experience driven, progressively enhanced website. The effort is minimal, but the benefits are not!

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        What are some alternatives to CMS.js, Gatsby, and React-Static?
        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.
        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.
        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.
        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 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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