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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.

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.
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        What are some alternatives to DocPad, Hugo, and Jekyll?
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        Josh Dzielak
        Josh Dzielak
        Developer Advocate at DeveloperMode | 4 upvotes 48.2K views

        Earlier this year, I migrated my personal website ( 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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        Todd Gardner
        Todd Gardner
        President at TrackJS | 4 upvotes 415.4K views
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        Read the Docs

        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 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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        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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        Bob P uses JekyllJekyll

        With limited knowledge of CSS/HTML5, Jekyll makes it easy to create templates for static HTML5 sites. Unless I really need a database for something, this is the tool I prefer for standing up websites.

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        David Somers uses JekyllJekyll

        I settled on Jekyll to be the CMS for my research blog. Out of the box it works, and over time I added to it... why write a dissertation when you can instead hack templates to tweak things.

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        ioi0 uses JekyllJekyll

        This static site generator is used with "contentful-import" ruby plugin, which allows to fetch data from Contentfull and generate new web-pages based on it. Easy and fun to use.

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        CloudRepo uses JekyllJekyll

        We wanted to pay the cost for website generation up front. Doing this allows us to put our website up in AWS S3 where it can be served reliably and for cheap.

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        Sud Web uses JekyllJekyll

        We use Jekyll to build our website. We created a collection for talks. We handle speakers and sponsors via data files.

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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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