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Decisions about Gatsby, Hugo, and Jekyll
Manuel Feller
Frontend Engineer at BI X · | 4 upvotes · 68.3K 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 Gatsby
Pros of Hugo
Pros of Jekyll
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    Generated websites are super fast
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    Progressive Web Apps generation
  • 7
    Easy to connect with lots of CMS via official plugins
  • 7
    Reusable components (React)
  • 6
    Allows to use markdown files as articles
  • 4
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  • 3
    List of starters as base for new project
  • 3
    All the benefits of a static website + React+GraphQL
  • 3
    Easy to connect with Drupal via official plugin
  • 2
    Open source
  • 1
    Gitlab pages integration
  • 40
    Lightning fast
  • 22
    Single Executable
  • 20
    Easy setup
  • 18
    Great development community
  • 17
    Open source
  • 10
    Write in golang
  • 5
    Not HTML only - JSON, RSS
  • 5
    LiveReload built in
  • 4
    Hacker mindset
  • 1
    Gitlab pages integration
  • 74
    Github pages integration
  • 54
    Open source
  • 36
    It's slick, customisable and hackerish
  • 23
    Easy to deploy
  • 22
    Straightforward cms for the hacker mindset
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    Gitlab pages integration
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    Best for blogging
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    Easy to integrate localization
  • 2
    Low maintenance
  • 1
    Huge plugins ecosystem
  • 1
    Authoring freedom and simplicity

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Cons of Gatsby
Cons of Hugo
Cons of Jekyll
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    No ssr
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    Documentation isn't complete.
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    Flash of unstyled content issues
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    No Plugins/Extensions
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    Template syntax not friendly
  • 4
    Build time increases exponentially as site grows
  • 2
    Lack of developments lately
  • 1
    Og doesn't work with postings dynamically

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What are some alternatives to Gatsby, Hugo, and Jekyll?
Next.js is a minimalistic framework for server-rendered React applications.
Lots of people use React as the V in MVC. Since React makes no assumptions about the rest of your technology stack, it's easy to try it out on a small feature in an existing project.
Create React App
Create React apps with no build configuration.
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.
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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