Jekyll vs. Hugo vs. Pelican

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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 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.
Why do developers choose Jekyll?
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Why do developers choose Hugo?
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Why do developers choose Pelican?
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What are the cons of using Jekyll?
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What are the cons of using Pelican?
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How much does Jekyll cost?
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What companies use Jekyll?
145 companies on StackShare use Jekyll
What companies use Hugo?
39 companies on StackShare use Hugo
What companies use Pelican?
3 companies on StackShare use Pelican
What tools integrate with Jekyll?
6 tools on StackShare integrate with Jekyll
What tools integrate with Hugo?
3 tools on StackShare integrate with Hugo
What tools integrate with Pelican?
2 tools on StackShare integrate with Pelican

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

  • Gatsby - Gatsby is a free, open source framework for building blazing fast websites and apps with React.
  • Hexo - A fast, simple & powerful blog framework, powered by Node.js
  • 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

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