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
- 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.
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A few months ago we decided to move our whole static website (www.algolia.com) to a new stack. At the time we were using a website generator called Middleman, written in Ruby. As a team of only front-end developers we didn't feel very comfortable with the language itself, and the time it took to build was not satisfying. We decided to move to Gatsby to take advantage of its use of React , as well as its incredibly high performances in terms of build and page rendering.
[FREE] We use middleman for its ease and speed to develop and deploy micro/marketing sites.
Flexible static site generator, doesn't need to be more complex than this.