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Hugo vs VuePress: What are the differences?

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; VuePress: A static-site generator built by the Vue.js team. 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.

Hugo and VuePress 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, VuePress provides the following key features:

  • Built-in markdown extensions optimized for technical documentation
  • Ability to leverage Vue inside markdown files
  • Vue-powered custom theme system

Hugo and VuePress are both open source tools. Hugo with 36.4K GitHub stars and 4.09K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than VuePress with 13.2K GitHub stars and 1.9K GitHub forks.

Kanteron Systems, Raygun, and Vufuzi are some of the popular companies that use Hugo, whereas VuePress is used by Bazzite, CodeCarrot, and Frank Taxibot. Hugo has a broader approval, being mentioned in 37 company stacks & 62 developers stacks; compared to VuePress, which is listed in 4 company stacks and 28 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 · 103.5K 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
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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
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    LiveReload built in
  • 6
    Hacker mindset
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    Not HTML only - JSON, RSS
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    Easy to customize themes
  • 3
    Gitlab pages integration
  • 2
    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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    It's Vue
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    Created by the vue.js developers
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    Built in text search feature

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Cons of Hugo
Cons of VuePress
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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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    Its Vue

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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 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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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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