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Jekyll vs Shopify: What are the differences?

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; Shopify: Quickly and easily create a beautiful online store with Shopify. Shopify powers tens of thousands of online retailers including General Electric, Amnesty International, CrossFit, Tesla Motors, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Foo Fighters, GitHub, and more. Our platform allows users to easily and quickly create their own online store without all the technical work involved in developing their own website, or the huge expense of having someone else build it. Shopify lets merchants manage all aspects of their shops: uploading products, changing the design, accepting credit card orders, and viewing their incoming orders and completed transactions.

Jekyll belongs to "Static Site Generators" category of the tech stack, while Shopify can be primarily classified under "Ecommerce".

Some of the features offered by Jekyll are:

  • Simple - No more databases, comment moderation, or pesky updates to install—just your content.
  • Static - Markdown (or Textile), Liquid, HTML & CSS go in. Static sites come out ready for deployment.
  • Blog-aware - Permalinks, categories, pages, posts, and custom layouts are all first-class citizens here.

On the other hand, Shopify provides the following key features:

  • Choose from 100+ professional themes
  • Customize the look of your online store
  • Start accepting orders in minutes

"Github pages integration" is the top reason why over 65 developers like Jekyll, while over 14 developers mention "Affordable yet comprehensive" as the leading cause for choosing Shopify.

Jekyll is an open source tool with 38K GitHub stars and 8.28K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Jekyll's open source repository on GitHub.

Sentry, New Relic, and triGo GmbH are some of the popular companies that use Jekyll, whereas Shopify is used by Tesla Motors, Wikipedia, and Stoned Classy. Jekyll has a broader approval, being mentioned in 110 company stacks & 123 developers stacks; compared to Shopify, which is listed in 150 company stacks and 32 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 Shopify?

Shopify powers tens of thousands of online retailers including General Electric, Amnesty International, CrossFit, Tesla Motors, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Foo Fighters, GitHub, and more. Our platform allows users to easily and quickly create their own online store without all the technical work involved in developing their own website, or the huge expense of having someone else build it. Shopify lets merchants manage all aspects of their shops: uploading products, changing the design, accepting credit card orders, and viewing their incoming orders and completed transactions.
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    What are some alternatives to Jekyll and Shopify?
    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.
    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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    Decisions about Jekyll and Shopify
    Josh Dzielak
    Josh Dzielak
    Developer Advocate at DeveloperMode · | 4 upvotes · 23.2K views
    Hugo
    Hugo
    Jekyll
    Jekyll

    Earlier this year, I migrated my personal website (dzello.com) from Jekyll to Hugo. My goal with the migration was to make the development environment as pleasant as possible and to make it really easy to add new types of content. For example, I knew I wanted to add a consulting page and some portfolio-style pages to show off talks I had given and projects I had worked on.

    I had heard about how fast Hugo was, so I tried it out with my content after using a simple migration tool. The results were impressive - the startup and rebuild times were in milliseconds, making the process of iterating on content or design less cumbersome. Then I started to see how I could use Hugo to create new page types and was very impressed by the flexibility of the content model. It took me a few days to really understand where content should go with Hugo, but then I felt very confident that I could create many different types of pages - even multiple blogs if I wanted - using a consistent syntax and with full control of the layouts and the URLs.

    After about 6 months, I've been very happy with the results of the migration. The dev environment is light and fast and I feel at ease adding new pages and sections to the site.

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    Todd Gardner
    Todd Gardner
    President at TrackJS · | 4 upvotes · 78.2K views
    atTrackJSTrackJS
    Gatsby
    Gatsby
    Read the Docs
    Read the Docs
    ReadMe.io
    ReadMe.io
    GitHub Pages
    GitHub Pages
    Jekyll
    Jekyll

    We recently needed to rebuild our documentation site, currently built using Jekyll hosted on GitHub Pages. We wanted to update the content and refresh the style to make it easier to find answers.

    We considered hosted services that could accept our markdown content, like ReadMe.io and Read the Docs, however both seemed expensive for essentially hosting the same platform we already had for free.

    I also looked at the Gatsby Static Site generator to modernize Jekyll. I don't think this is a fit, as our documentation is relatively simple and relies heavily on Markdown. Jekyll excels at Markdown, while Gatsby seemed to struggle with it.

    We chose to stick with the current platform and just refresh our template and style with some add-on JavaScript.

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    How developers use Jekyll and Shopify
    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.

    Avatar of Sud Web
    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.

    Avatar of Shirtigo GmbH
    Shirtigo GmbH uses ShopifyShopify

    We allow users to push products to their shopify shop and fulfill orders.

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