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Hexo vs Metalsmith: What are the differences?

Developers describe Hexo as "A fast, simple & powerful blog framework, powered by Node.js". 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. On the other hand, Metalsmith is detailed as "An extremely simple, pluggable static site generator". In Metalsmith, all of the logic is handled by plugins. You simply chain them together. Since everything is a plugin, the core library is actually just an abstraction for manipulating a directory of files.

Hexo and Metalsmith can be primarily classified as "Static Site Generators" tools.

Some of the features offered by Hexo are:

  • Blazing Fast - Node.js brings you incredible generating speed. Hundreds of files take only seconds to build.
  • Markdown Support - All features of GitHub Flavored Markdown are supported. You can even use most Octopress plugins in Hexo.
  • One-Command Deployment - You only need one command to deploy your site to GitHub Pages, Heroku or other sites.

On the other hand, Metalsmith provides the following key features:

  • Read template files from a directory
  • Parse files for template placeholders
  • Prompt user to fill in each placeholder

"Ease of deployment" is the top reason why over 15 developers like Hexo, while over 8 developers mention "Plugability" as the leading cause for choosing Metalsmith.

Hexo and Metalsmith are both open source tools. Hexo with 26.9K GitHub stars and 3.57K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Metalsmith with 7.26K GitHub stars and 641 GitHub forks.

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 Metalsmith?

In Metalsmith, all of the logic is handled by plugins. You simply chain them together. Since everything is a plugin, the core library is actually just an abstraction for manipulating a directory of files.
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      What are some alternatives to Hexo and Metalsmith?
      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.
      Ghost
      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.
      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.
      Gatsby
      Gatsby lets you build blazing fast sites with your data, whatever the source. Liberate your sites from legacy CMSs and fly into the future.
      VuePress
      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.
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      How developers use Hexo and Metalsmith
      Avatar of jr0cket
      jr0cket uses HexoHexo

      Content for blog posts and pages is written in markdown format, using Emacs. Hexo generates the site using my own customised theme. The site is then deployed to Github pages

      Avatar of Doug Bromley
      Doug Bromley uses HexoHexo

      To build my site blog. I also created a tag plugin for Hexo that enables you to embed Deezer objects in your page.

      Avatar of Secumail
      Secumail uses MetalsmithMetalsmith

      Liked the approach the best of all SSR's out there, integrated it with Gulp for one single build pipeline

      Avatar of DroneDeploy
      DroneDeploy uses MetalsmithMetalsmith

      Static site generation from various sources.

      Avatar of Erudika
      Erudika uses HexoHexo

      We use Hexo to generate our static blog.

      Avatar of ByeongGi
      ByeongGi uses HexoHexo
      • 개인 git blog로 현재 잘 사용하고 있음
      Avatar of Yoshinori N
      Yoshinori N uses HexoHexo
      • Generate static site
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