Nanoc vs Pelican: What are the differences?
Developers describe Nanoc as "A flexible static-site generator written in Ruby". Nanoc is a static-site generator, fit for building anything from a small personal blog to a large corporate website. On the other hand, Pelican is detailed as "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.
Nanoc and Pelican can be primarily classified as "Static Site Generators" tools.
Some of the features offered by Nanoc are:
- Support for free-form metadata
- Support for various markup languages (Markdown, AsciiDoc, Textile, …)
- Support for various templating languages (eRuby, Haml, Mustache, …)
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)
Nanoc and Pelican are both open source tools. It seems that Pelican with 8.95K GitHub stars and 1.59K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Nanoc with 1.75K GitHub stars and 236 GitHub forks.