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Jekyll: Blog-aware, static site generator in Ruby. 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; MkDocs: *A static site generator *. 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.

Jekyll and MkDocs can be categorized as "Static Site Generators" tools.

Jekyll is an open source tool with 38.3K GitHub stars and 8.36K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Jekyll's open source repository on GitHub.

Sentry, New Relic, and Tilt are some of the popular companies that use Jekyll, whereas MkDocs is used by Hactar, elmah.io, and Worldsensing - Mobility. Jekyll has a broader approval, being mentioned in 148 company stacks & 628 developers stacks; compared to MkDocs, which is listed in 5 company stacks and 8 developer stacks.

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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 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.
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        What are some alternatives to Jekyll and MkDocs?
        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.
        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.
        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.
        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.
        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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        How developers use Jekyll and MkDocs
        Avatar of Bob P
        Bob P uses JekyllJekyll

        With limited knowledge of CSS/HTML5, Jekyll makes it easy to create templates for static HTML5 sites. Unless I really need a database for something, this is the tool I prefer for standing up websites.

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        David Somers uses JekyllJekyll

        I settled on Jekyll to be the CMS for my research blog. Out of the box it works, and over time I added to it... why write a dissertation when you can instead hack templates to tweak things.

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        ioi0 uses JekyllJekyll

        This static site generator is used with "contentful-import" ruby plugin, which allows to fetch data from Contentfull and generate new web-pages based on it. Easy and fun to use.

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        CloudRepo uses JekyllJekyll

        We wanted to pay the cost for website generation up front. Doing this allows us to put our website up in AWS S3 where it can be served reliably and for cheap.

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        Sud Web uses JekyllJekyll

        We use Jekyll to build our website. We created a collection for talks. We handle speakers and sponsors via data files.

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