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Metalsmith vs Middleman: What are the differences?

Developers describe Metalsmith as "An extremely simple, pluggable static site generator". In Metalsmith, all of the logic is handled by plugins. You simply chain them together. Since everything is a plugin, the core library is actually just an abstraction for manipulating a directory of files. On the other hand, Middleman is detailed as "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.

Metalsmith and Middleman can be categorized as "Static Site Generators" tools.

Some of the features offered by Metalsmith are:

  • Read template files from a directory
  • Parse files for template placeholders
  • Prompt user to fill in each placeholder

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

"Plugability" is the primary reason why developers consider Metalsmith over the competitors, whereas "Rails for static sites" was stated as the key factor in picking Middleman.

Metalsmith and Middleman are both open source tools. It seems that Metalsmith with 7.27K GitHub stars and 640 forks on GitHub has more adoption than Middleman with 6.49K GitHub stars and 696 GitHub forks.

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Pros of Metalsmith
Pros of Middleman
  • 9
    Plugability
  • 4
    Easy to install, easy to hack, easy to deploy
  • 2
    Really works hard to be simple
  • 1
    Chain plugins like a file processing pipe
  • 1
    CI: push to github, auto-deploy to netlifly (free)
  • 1
    Build any kind of website
  • 1
    Use any templating engine
  • 19
    Rails for static sites
  • 17
    Erb, haml, slim
  • 17
    Live reload
  • 6
    Easy setup
  • 3
    Emacs org-mode integration by middleman-org
  • 1
    Make front-end easy and rock solid again

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What is Metalsmith?

In Metalsmith, all of the logic is handled by plugins. You simply chain them together. Since everything is a plugin, the core library is actually just an abstraction for manipulating a directory of files.

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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Wintersmith
Wintersmith is a simple yet flexible static site generator. It takes contents (markdown, less, scripts, etc), transforms them using plugins and outputs a static website (html, css, images, etc) that you can host anywhere.
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.
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.
11ty
A simpler static site generator. An alternative to Jekyll. Written in JavaScript. Transforms a directory of templates (of varying types) into HTML. Works with HTML, Markdown, Liquid, Nunjucks, Handlebars, Mustache, EJS, Haml, Pug, and JavaScript Template Literals.
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.
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