What is Metalsmith?
In Metalsmith, all of the logic is handled by plugins. You simply chain them together. Since everything is a plugin, the core library is actually just an abstraction for manipulating a directory of files.
Metalsmith is a tool in the Static Site Generators category of a tech stack.
Metalsmith is an open source tool with GitHub stars and GitHub forks. Here’s a link to Metalsmith's open source repository on GitHub
Who uses Metalsmith?
8 companies reportedly use Metalsmith in their tech stacks, including DroneDeploy, Hacker Experience, and F.biz.
37 developers on StackShare have stated that they use Metalsmith.
Pros of Metalsmith
Easy to install, easy to hack, easy to deploy
Really works hard to be simple
Chain plugins like a file processing pipe
CI: push to github, auto-deploy to netlifly (free)
Build any kind of website
Use any templating engine
- Read template files from a directory
- Parse files for template placeholders
- Prompt user to fill in each placeholder
- Render files with aytemplating engine
- Write filled-in files to a new directory
Metalsmith Alternatives & Comparisons
What are some alternatives to Metalsmith?
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Hugo is a static site generator written in Go. It is optimized for speed, easy use and configurability. Hugo takes a directory with content and templates and renders them into a full html website. Hugo makes use of markdown files with front matter for meta data.
Hexo is a fast, simple and powerful blog framework. It parses your posts with Markdown or other render engine and generates static files with the beautiful theme. All of these just take seconds.