Jekyll vs. Hugo vs. Hexo



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Description

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.

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 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.

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Pros

Why do developers choose Jekyll?
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Why do developers choose Hugo?
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Why do developers choose Hexo?
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Cons

What are the cons of using Jekyll?
No Cons submitted yet for Jekyll
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What are the cons of using Hugo?
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What are the cons of using Hexo?
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Companies

What companies use Jekyll?
139 companies on StackShare use Jekyll
What companies use Hugo?
35 companies on StackShare use Hugo
What companies use Hexo?
10 companies on StackShare use Hexo

Integrations

What tools integrate with Jekyll?
5 tools on StackShare integrate with Jekyll
What tools integrate with Hugo?
3 tools on StackShare integrate with Hugo
What tools integrate with Hexo?
4 tools on StackShare integrate with Hexo

What are some alternatives to Jekyll, Hugo, and Hexo?

  • Gatsby - A Static Site Generator for React
  • Middleman - A static site generator using all the shortcuts and tools in modern web development
  • VuePress - A static-site generator built by the Vue.js team
  • Pelican - A static site generator, written in Python, that requires no database or server-side logic

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Josh Dzielak
Josh Dzielak
Developer Advocate at DeveloperMode · | 4 upvotes · 137 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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