Hugo vs Middleman: What are the differences?
What is Hugo? A Fast and Flexible Static Site Generator built with love by spf13 in GoLang. 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 Middleman? A static site generator using all the shortcuts and tools in modern web development. Middleman is a command-line tool for creating static websites using all the shortcuts and tools of the modern web development environment.
Hugo and Middleman can be categorized as "Static Site Generators" tools.
Some of the features offered by Hugo are:
- Run Anywhere - Hugo is quite possibly the easiest to install software you've ever used, simply download and run. Hugo doesn't depend on administrative privileges, databases, runtimes, interpreters or external libraries. Sites built with Hugo can be deployed on S3, Github Pages, Dropbox or any web host.
- Fast & Powerful - Hugo is written for speed and performance. Great care has been taken to ensure that Hugo build time is as short as possible. We're talking milliseconds to build your entire site for most setups.
- Flexible - Hugo is designed to work how you do. Organize your content however you want with any URL structure. Declare your own content types. Define your own meta data in YAML, TOML or JSON.
On the other hand, Middleman provides the following key features:
- Sass for DRY stylesheets
- Multiple asset management solutions, including Sprockets
"Lightning fast" is the top reason why over 35 developers like Hugo, while over 17 developers mention "Rails for static sites" as the leading cause for choosing Middleman.
Hugo and Middleman are both open source tools. It seems that Hugo with 36.4K GitHub stars and 4.09K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Middleman with 6.49K GitHub stars and 696 GitHub forks.
According to the StackShare community, Hugo has a broader approval, being mentioned in 37 company stacks & 62 developers stacks; compared to Middleman, which is listed in 32 company stacks and 17 developer stacks.
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