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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
  • CoffeeScript for safer and less verbose javascript
  • 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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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
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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 · 132.5K 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 Hugo
Pros of Middleman
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    Lightning fast
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    Single Executable
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    Easy setup
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    Great development community
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    Open source
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    Write in golang
  • 8
    Hacker mindset
  • 7
    Not HTML only - JSON, RSS
  • 7
    LiveReload built in
  • 4
    Very fast builds
  • 4
    Gitlab pages integration
  • 4
    Easy to customize themes
  • 3
    Easy to learn
  • 3
    Fast builds
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    Well documented
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    Rails for static sites
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    Erb, haml, slim
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    Live reload
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    Easy setup
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    Emacs org-mode integration by middleman-org
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    Make front-end easy and rock solid again

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Cons of Hugo
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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 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 Middleman?

    Middleman is a command-line tool for creating static websites using all the shortcuts and tools of the modern web development environment.

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    What are some alternatives to Hugo and Middleman?
    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.
    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.
    WordPress
    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.
    MkDocs
    It builds completely static HTML sites that you can host on GitHub pages, Amazon S3, or anywhere else you choose. There's a stack of good looking themes available. The built-in dev-server allows you to preview your documentation as you're writing it. It will even auto-reload and refresh your browser whenever you save your changes.
    Pelican
    Pelican is a static site generator that supports Markdown and reST syntax. Write your weblog entries directly with your editor of choice (vim!) in reStructuredText or Markdown.
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