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Middleman vs Pelican: What are the differences?

Middleman: 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; 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.

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

Some of the features offered by Middleman are:

  • Sass for DRY stylesheets
  • CoffeeScript for safer and less verbose javascript
  • Multiple asset management solutions, including Sprockets

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)

"Rails for static sites" is the top reason why over 17 developers like Middleman, while over 6 developers mention "Open source" as the leading cause for choosing Pelican.

Middleman and Pelican are both open source tools. Pelican with 8.89K GitHub stars and 1.58K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Middleman with 6.49K GitHub stars and 696 GitHub forks.

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.

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.

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      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.
      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.
      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.
      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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      AmericanBibleSociety uses MiddlemanMiddleman

      [FREE] We use middleman for its ease and speed to develop and deploy micro/marketing sites.

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      Ryan Townsend uses MiddlemanMiddleman

      Flexible static site generator, doesn't need to be more complex than this.

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      Maxim Ananov uses MiddlemanMiddleman

      Created a simple static website with 20+ localizations in no time.

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