Middleman vs Wintersmith: 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; Wintersmith: Flexible, minimalistic, multi-platform static site generator built on top of node.js. 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.
Middleman and Wintersmith 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, Wintersmith provides the following key features:
- Flexible - Wintersmith tries not to put any limitations on how you work with your content. You can transform it using plugins and structure it as you please.
- Templating - Use your favorite templating engine, it comes bundled with a Jade plugin and there is community made plugins for most other node.js templating engines.
- Markdown - No more fiddling around with WYSIWYG editors. Once you start using Markdown to author your content you'll never look back!
Middleman and Wintersmith are both open source tools. Middleman with 6.49K GitHub stars and 696 forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Wintersmith with 3.48K GitHub stars and 349 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.