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DocPad vs Hugo: What are the differences?

What is DocPad? Designers and developers can create websites faster than ever before. Empower your website frontends with layouts, meta-data, pre-processors (markdown, jade, coffeescript, etc.), partials, skeletons, file watching, querying, and an amazing plugin system. DocPad will streamline your web development process allowing you to craft full-featured websites quicker than ever before.

What is Hugo? A Fast and Flexible Static Site Generator built with love by spf13 in GoLang. 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.

DocPad and Hugo can be categorized as "Static Site Generators" tools.

Some of the features offered by DocPad are:

  • Versioning
  • Pre-Built Skeletons
  • Language Agnostic

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

  • Run Anywhere - Hugo is quite possibly the easiest to install software you've ever used, simply download and run. Hugo doesn't depend on administrative privileges, databases, runtimes, interpreters or external libraries. Sites built with Hugo can be deployed on S3, Github Pages, Dropbox or any web host.
  • Fast & Powerful - Hugo is written for speed and performance. Great care has been taken to ensure that Hugo build time is as short as possible. We're talking milliseconds to build your entire site for most setups.
  • Flexible - Hugo is designed to work how you do. Organize your content however you want with any URL structure. Declare your own content types. Define your own meta data in YAML, TOML or JSON.

"Plugins. Easy to use" is the primary reason why developers consider DocPad over the competitors, whereas "Lightning fast" was stated as the key factor in picking Hugo.

DocPad and Hugo are both open source tools. Hugo with 36.4K GitHub stars and 4.09K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than DocPad with 2.99K GitHub stars and 250 GitHub forks.

What is DocPad?

Empower your website frontends with layouts, meta-data, pre-processors (markdown, jade, coffeescript, etc.), partials, skeletons, file watching, querying, and an amazing plugin system. DocPad will streamline your web development process allowing you to craft full-featured websites quicker than ever before.

What is 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.
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        What are some alternatives to DocPad and Hugo?
        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.
        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.
        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
        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.
        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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        Decisions about DocPad and Hugo
        Josh Dzielak
        Josh Dzielak
        Developer Advocate at DeveloperMode | 4 upvotes 30.1K 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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        How developers use DocPad and Hugo
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        Wing Tang Wong uses HugoHugo

        The Static Content Generator engine, Hugo, is what I use to convert the Markdown content of my site into HTML for serving to the public.

        Using Hugo as a backend to generate content for a statically hosted frontend reduces the security risk of hosting a dynamically interactive site.

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        Giant Swarm uses HugoHugo

        We use Hugo to build our documentation website based on Markdown content.

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        Loog uses HugoHugo

        We use Hugo to generate all of our secondary sites including documentation, blog and help center.

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        Yoandy Rodriguez uses HugoHugo

        Hugo is my favorite static site generator. It's the engine behind my personal blog.

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        Zetaops uses HugoHugo

        REST Backend developed for location data access.

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