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  • GitJournal

    Mobile first Note Taking integrated with Git

    Kind of - There is an option to always add specific frontmatter when creating a new file. It's however in the pro version.

    I'm yet to implement proper templating support.

    Could you please vote on the issue?

  • dimples

    A little static site generator.

    Last time I was evaluating static site generators, Dimples and Nanoc both stood out for this recent-updates reason, among other personal criteria.

  • InfluxDB

    Access the most powerful time series database as a service. Ingest, store, & analyze all types of time series data in a fully-managed, purpose-built database. Keep data forever with low-cost storage and superior data compression.

  • Nanoc

    A powerful web publishing system

    Last time I was evaluating static site generators, Dimples and Nanoc both stood out for this recent-updates reason, among other personal criteria.

  • Jekyll

    :globe_with_meridians: Jekyll is a blog-aware static site generator in Ruby

    Why the no longer maintained Jekyll Now vs. the current mainline Jekyll at

  • wp2static

    WordPress static site generator for security, performance and cost benefits

    This is my exact feeling. I have a Hugo-powered blog, but like you said, I miss the ability to draft something quickly when I'm inspired. Right now, the best option I have found is self-hosting Ghost with some aggressive Cloudflare caching.

    I considered using wp2static[0] before starting with Ghost. Have you published your exporter?


  • decap-cms

    A Git-based CMS for Static Site Generators

  • Kirby

    Kirby's core application folder

    I'm going to add my personal take on this issue since I'm currently running a blog that's markdown-ish powered.

    In my opinion the best solution is to find some sort of happy medium. Static site generators are excellent in terms of weight and speed but a lightweight file based CMS can be almost as fast while still providing the needed flexibility.

    My site currently runs on Kirby ( but I write almost everything on iA both on my Mac while I'm at home and on my phone while I'm outside.

    Updating the site is not as simple as typing a command on a terminal but it's just a few clicks on a very simple and minimal UI.

    Images are hosted on my server like the rest of the content. It's a simply DO snippet with no fancy configuration.

    If you want to go down a more automated solution, iA comes with support for micropub so you could in theory set it up so that you can upload a new post without leaving the iA interface.

    But imo it's a lot of extra backend setup that needs to be monitored to save very little time in the long run so for me it's personally not worth it.

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  • Hexo

    A fast, simple & powerful blog framework, powered by Node.js.

    I ended up picking hexo[0], as the hexo admin plugin[1] provides a nice localhost CMS/editor that supports image pasting, tag editing etc (could be hosted online too for remote/mobile access, but wouldn't be truly static/server-less at that point).


  • hexo-admin

    An Admin Interface for Hexo

  • zim-desktop-wiki

    Main repository of the zim desktop wiki project

    Old school perhaps, but most everything here feels wildly overengineered for a static site. If the site is truly static, then there's no need for any server or client web languages at all. You need HTML (with perhaps some sort of generator), CSS, and e.g. rsync.

    I've been doing mine with for years

  • Lektor

    The lektor static file content management system

    lektor offers some of this functionality. editing is done locally through a browser UI, but there may be a way to host the interface. deployments are easy.

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