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Manuel Feller
Frontend Engineer at BI X · | 4 upvotes · 90K 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 Hexo
Pros of Hugo
Pros of React-Static
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    Ease of deployment
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    Uses NodeJS and npm
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    Easy GitHub Pages publishing
  • 10
    Powerful templating
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    Useful tools and plugins
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    Easy intergrating with js
  • 3
    Open source
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    Blazing Fast
  • 45
    Lightning fast
  • 26
    Single Executable
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    Easy setup
  • 22
    Great development community
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    Open source
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    Write in golang
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    LiveReload built in
  • 6
    Hacker mindset
  • 6
    Not HTML only - JSON, RSS
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    Easy to customize themes
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    Gitlab pages integration
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    Fast builds
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    Well documented
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    Easy to learn
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    Very fast builds
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    All the benefits of a static website + React+GraphQL

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Cons of Hexo
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      No Plugins/Extensions
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      Template syntax not friendly
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      Quick builds
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    What is 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.

    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 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 Hexo, Hugo, 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.
    Ghost is a platform dedicated to one thing: Publishing. It's beautifully designed, completely customisable and completely Open Source. Ghost allows you to write and publish your own blog, giving you the tools to make it easy and even fun to do.
    Apache Aurora
    Apache Aurora is a service scheduler that runs on top of Mesos, enabling you to run long-running services that take advantage of Mesos' scalability, fault-tolerance, and resource isolation.
    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.
    A simpler static site generator. An alternative to Jekyll. Written in JavaScript. Transforms a directory of templates (of varying types) into HTML. Works with HTML, Markdown, Liquid, Nunjucks, Handlebars, Mustache, EJS, Haml, Pug, and JavaScript Template Literals.
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