Metalsmith vs Pelican: What are the differences?
Metalsmith: 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; Pelican: A static site generator, written in Python, that requires no database or server-side logic. 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.
Metalsmith and Pelican belong to "Static Site Generators" category of the tech stack.
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, Pelican provides the following key features:
- Blog articles and pages
- Comments, via an external service (Disqus). (Please note that while useful, Disqus is an external service, and thus the comment data will be somewhat outside of your control and potentially subject to data loss.)
- Theming support (themes are created using Jinja2 templates)
"Plugability" is the top reason why over 8 developers like Metalsmith, while over 6 developers mention "Open source" as the leading cause for choosing Pelican.
Metalsmith and Pelican are both open source tools. It seems that Pelican with 8.89K GitHub stars and 1.58K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Metalsmith with 7.27K GitHub stars and 640 GitHub forks.