SSGs through the ages: The ‘Reinvention’ era

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  • gutenberg

    A fast static site generator in a single binary with everything built-in.

    Vincent gets straight to the point in his announcement of ‘Gutenberg’ (later renamed to Zola).

  • tera

    A template engine for Rust based on Jinja2/Django

    Vincent had been working on his own templating engine, Tera in Rust, and thought building a static site generator would be a great way to further his knowledge of the language. Before long, he had created Gutenberg, an opinionated yet flexible way to build “all kinds of sites, from landing pages to knowledge bases, not only blogs.” Gutenberg launched with support for CommonMark for content, category and tag support, automatic RSS feeds, and a host of other features that made it a viable alternative to Hugo.

  • Appwrite

    Appwrite - The open-source backend cloud platform. The open-source backend cloud platform for developing Web, Mobile, and Flutter applications. You can set up your backend faster with real-time APIs for authentication, databases, file storage, cloud functions, and much more!

  • docs

    Linode guides and tutorials. (by linode)

    Hugo has seen success with corporate customers, including 1Password, Linode, KeyCDN, and Let’s Encrypt, to name just a few. Bjørn Erik Pedersen took over as the lead maintainer in 2015 and continues to lead Hugo’s thriving community.

  • Sculpin

    Sculpin — Static Site Generator


  • Metalsmith

    An extremely simple, pluggable static site generator.


  • Hexo

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


  • Harp

    Static Web Server/Generator/Bundler


  • Sonar

    Write Clean JavaScript Code. Always.. Sonar helps you commit clean code every time. With over 300 unique rules to find JavaScript bugs, code smells & vulnerabilities, Sonar finds the issues while you focus on the work.

  • go

    The Go programming language

    Build speed — Jekyll is notoriously slow and building sites. Hugo is written in Go, which is a compiled language and, according to its current leader maintainer, a “perfect match for many of the tasks that Hugo performs”. The result is Hugo’s ability to build tens of thousands of pages in seconds.

  • Hugo

    The world’s fastest framework for building websites.


  • Composer

    Dependency Manager for PHP

    Beau Simensen was using Jekyll to create static sites and hit issues he created pull requests to fix. After months of inactivity on his pull requests, he grew frustrated and set out to build a new SSG. Beau had experience in PHP and thought, “Maybe I could rewrite Jekyll in PHP”. Symfony’s HTTP Kernel SSG could serve as the heart of the SSG, Composer was making waves as a PHP dependency manager, and Twig was a popular PHP templating language. He had all the building blocks he needed. And so, Sculpin was born.

NOTE: The number of mentions on this list indicates mentions on common posts plus user suggested alternatives. Hence, a higher number means a more popular project.

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