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Gatsby vs VuePress: What are the differences?

Developers describe Gatsby as "Free, open source framework for building blazing fast websites and apps with React". Gatsby lets you build blazing fast sites with your data, whatever the source. Liberate your sites from legacy CMSs and fly into the future. On the other hand, VuePress is detailed as "A static-site generator built by the Vue.js team". 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.

Gatsby and VuePress can be primarily classified as "Static Site Generators" tools.

Gatsby and VuePress are both open source tools. Gatsby with 35.7K GitHub stars and 5.26K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than VuePress with 13K GitHub stars and 1.85K GitHub forks.

According to the StackShare community, Gatsby has a broader approval, being mentioned in 48 company stacks & 128 developers stacks; compared to VuePress, which is listed in 4 company stacks and 26 developer stacks.

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Hi everyone, I'm trying to decide which front-end tool, that will likely use server-side rendering (SSR), in hopes it'll be faster. The end-user will upload a document and they see text output on their screen (like SaaS or microservice). I read that Gatsby can also do SSR. Also want to add a headless CMS that is easy to use.

Backend is in Go. Open to ideas. Thank you.

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Vishal Gupta
Senior Architect at Mindtree Ltd · | 3 upvotes · 11K views

If your purpose is plain simply to upload a file which can handle by backend service than Gatsby is good enough assuming you have other content pages which will benefit from faster page loads for those Headless CMS driven pages. But if you have more logical/functional aspects like deciding content/personalization at server side of web application than choose NextJS.

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Manuel Feller
Frontend Engineer at BI X · | 4 upvotes · 103.5K 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 VuePress
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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
  • 7
    Reusable components (React)
  • 6
    Allows to use markdown files as articles
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  • 3
    Easy to connect with Drupal via official plugin
  • 3
    All the benefits of a static website + React+GraphQL
  • 3
    List of starters as base for new project
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    Open source
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    Gitlab pages integration
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    Incremental Build
  • 3
    It's Vue
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    Created by the vue.js developers
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    Built in text search feature

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Cons of Gatsby
Cons of VuePress
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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
  • 3
    Its Vue

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What are some alternatives to Gatsby and VuePress?
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.
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.
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.
Create React App
Create React apps with no build configuration.
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