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Alternatives to Metalsmith

Wintersmith, Jekyll, Hugo, 11ty, and Hexo are the most popular alternatives and competitors to Metalsmith.
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What is Metalsmith and what are its top alternatives?

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

Top Alternatives to Metalsmith

  • Wintersmith
    Wintersmith

    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. ...

  • Jekyll
    Jekyll

    Think of Jekyll as a file-based CMS, without all the complexity. Jekyll takes your content, renders Markdown and Liquid templates, and spits out a complete, static website ready to be served by Apache, Nginx or another web server. Jekyll is the engine behind GitHub Pages, which you can use to host sites right from your GitHub repositories. ...

  • Hugo
    Hugo

    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. ...

  • 11ty
    11ty

    A simpler static site generator. An alternative to Jekyll. Written in JavaScript. Transforms a directory of templates (of varying types) into HTML. Works with HTML, Markdown, Liquid, Nunjucks, Handlebars, Mustache, EJS, Haml, Pug, and JavaScript Template Literals. ...

  • Hexo
    Hexo

    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. ...

  • Gatsby
    Gatsby

    Gatsby lets you build blazing fast sites with your data, whatever the source. Liberate your sites from legacy CMSs and fly into the future. ...

  • VuePress
    VuePress

    A minimalistic static site generator with a Vue-powered theming system, and a default theme optimized for writing technical documentation. It was created to support the documentation needs of Vue's own sub projects. ...

  • Middleman
    Middleman

    Middleman is a command-line tool for creating static websites using all the shortcuts and tools of the modern web development environment. ...

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Wintersmith

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    Blog-aware, static site generator in Ruby
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    PROS OF JEKYLL
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      Github pages integration
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      Open source
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      It's slick, customisable and hackerish
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      Easy to deploy
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      Straightforward cms for the hacker mindset
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      Gitlab pages integration
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      Best for blogging
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      Low maintenance
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      Easy to integrate localization
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      Huge plugins ecosystem
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      Authoring freedom and simplicity
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      Build time increases exponentially as site grows
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      Lack of developments lately
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      Og doesn't work with postings dynamically

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    Dale Ross
    Independent Contractor at Self Employed · | 22 upvotes · 1.1M views

    I've heard that I have the ability to write well, at times. When it flows, it flows. I decided to start blogging in 2013 on Blogger. I started a company and joined BizPark with the Microsoft Azure allotment. I created a WordPress blog and did a migration at some point. A lot happened in the time after that migration but I stopped coding and changed cities during tumultuous times that taught me many lessons concerning mental health and productivity. I eventually graduated from BizSpark and outgrew the credit allotment. That killed the WordPress blog.

    I blogged about writing again on the existing Blogger blog but it didn't feel right. I looked at a few options where I wouldn't have to worry about hosting cost indefinitely and Jekyll stood out with GitHub Pages. The Importer was fairly straightforward for the existing blog posts.

    Todo * Set up redirects for all posts on blogger. The URI format is different so a complete redirect wouldn't work. Although, there may be something in Jekyll that could manage the redirects. I did notice the old URLs were stored in the front matter. I'm working on a command-line Ruby gem for the current plan. * I did find some of the lost WordPress posts on archive.org that I downloaded with the waybackmachinedownloader. I think I might write an importer for that. * I still have a few Disqus comment threads to map

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    Josh Dzielak
    Co-Founder & CTO at Orbit · | 5 upvotes · 332.7K views
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    JekyllJekyllHugoHugo

    Earlier this year, I migrated my personal website (dzello.com) from Jekyll to Hugo. My goal with the migration was to make the development environment as pleasant as possible and to make it really easy to add new types of content. For example, I knew I wanted to add a consulting page and some portfolio-style pages to show off talks I had given and projects I had worked on.

    I had heard about how fast Hugo was, so I tried it out with my content after using a simple migration tool. The results were impressive - the startup and rebuild times were in milliseconds, making the process of iterating on content or design less cumbersome. Then I started to see how I could use Hugo to create new page types and was very impressed by the flexibility of the content model. It took me a few days to really understand where content should go with Hugo, but then I felt very confident that I could create many different types of pages - even multiple blogs if I wanted - using a consistent syntax and with full control of the layouts and the URLs.

    After about 6 months, I've been very happy with the results of the migration. The dev environment is light and fast and I feel at ease adding new pages and sections to the site.

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    Hugo

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    PROS OF HUGO
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      Lightning fast
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      Single Executable
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      Easy setup
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      Great development community
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      Open source
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      Write in golang
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      LiveReload built in
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      Not HTML only - JSON, RSS
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      Hacker mindset
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      Easy to customize themes
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      Gitlab pages integration
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      Very fast builds
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      Easy to learn
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      Well documented
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      Fast builds
    CONS OF HUGO
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      No Plugins/Extensions
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      Template syntax not friendly
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      Quick builds

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    John-Daniel Trask
    Co-founder & CEO at Raygun · | 19 upvotes · 229.7K views
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    There’s no doubt WordPress is a great CMS, which is very user friendly. When we started the company, our blog wasn’t really our top priority, and it ended up being hosted on a fairly obscure server within our setup, which didn’t really change much until recently when things become harder to manage and make significant updates.

    As our marketing team increased, the amount of traffic that found us through our content marketing increased. We found ourselves struggling to maintain our Wordpress install given the amount of theme updates, plugins and security patches needing to be applied. Our biggest driver to find an alternative solution however was just how slow Wordpress is at serving content to the end user. I know there will be die hard fans out there with ways to set things up that mean WordPress sites can load quickly, but we needed something a lot more streamlined.

    We could see in our own Real User Monitoring tool that many users were experiencing page load speeds of over five seconds, even longer in worst case scenarios. Hugo is an open source static site generator that has enabled us to reduce load times by over 500% and make our blog far more maintainable across the whole team.

    The Raygun marketing site runs on a .NET CMS called N2 but we plan to swap that out with Hugo as well in future.

    #StaticSiteGenerators #SelfHostedBloggingCms #SupportSalesAndMarketing

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    Josh Dzielak
    Co-Founder & CTO at Orbit · | 5 upvotes · 332.7K views
    Shared insights
    on
    JekyllJekyllHugoHugo

    Earlier this year, I migrated my personal website (dzello.com) from Jekyll to Hugo. My goal with the migration was to make the development environment as pleasant as possible and to make it really easy to add new types of content. For example, I knew I wanted to add a consulting page and some portfolio-style pages to show off talks I had given and projects I had worked on.

    I had heard about how fast Hugo was, so I tried it out with my content after using a simple migration tool. The results were impressive - the startup and rebuild times were in milliseconds, making the process of iterating on content or design less cumbersome. Then I started to see how I could use Hugo to create new page types and was very impressed by the flexibility of the content model. It took me a few days to really understand where content should go with Hugo, but then I felt very confident that I could create many different types of pages - even multiple blogs if I wanted - using a consistent syntax and with full control of the layouts and the URLs.

    After about 6 months, I've been very happy with the results of the migration. The dev environment is light and fast and I feel at ease adding new pages and sections to the site.

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    11ty

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    A simpler static site generator
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    PROS OF 11TY
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      Flexibility on choosing template
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      Content decoupled as much as possible from Eleventy
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      Flexible, allows progressive conversion of templates
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      Great use of data files/sources
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      Zero boilerplate client-side JavaScript
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      Hexo

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        Ease of deployment
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        Uses NodeJS and npm
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        Easy GitHub Pages publishing
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        Powerful templating
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        Useful tools and plugins
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        Easy intergrating with js
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        Open source
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        Blazing Fast
      CONS OF HEXO
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        Gatsby

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        Free, open source framework for building blazing fast websites and apps with React
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          Generated websites are super fast
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          Fast
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          GraphQL
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          Progressive Web Apps generation
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          Reusable components (React)
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          Easy to connect with lots of CMS via official plugins
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          Allows to use markdown files as articles
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          Images
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          Static-sites
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          All the benefits of a static website + React+GraphQL
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          Easy to connect with Drupal via official plugin
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          List of starters as base for new project
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          Open source
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          Incremental Build
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          Gitlab pages integration
        CONS OF GATSBY
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          No ssr
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          Very slow builds
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          Documentation isn't complete.
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          For-profit
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          Slow builds
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          Flash of unstyled content issues
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          Problematic between develop and build commands
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          Difficult debugging
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          Too many dependencies
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          Plugin driven development
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          Difficult maintenance

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        Johnny Bell

        I was building a personal project that I needed to store items in a real time database. I am more comfortable with my Frontend skills than my backend so I didn't want to spend time building out anything in Ruby or Go.

        I stumbled on Firebase by #Google, and it was really all I needed. It had realtime data, an area for storing file uploads and best of all for the amount of data I needed it was free!

        I built out my application using tools I was familiar with, React for the framework, Redux.js to manage my state across components, and styled-components for the styling.

        Now as this was a project I was just working on in my free time for fun I didn't really want to pay for hosting. I did some research and I found Netlify. I had actually seen them at #ReactRally the year before and deployed a Gatsby site to Netlify already.

        Netlify was very easy to setup and link to my GitHub account you select a repo and pretty much with very little configuration you have a live site that will deploy every time you push to master.

        With the selection of these tools I was able to build out my application, connect it to a realtime database, and deploy to a live environment all with $0 spent.

        If you're looking to build out a small app I suggest giving these tools a go as you can get your idea out into the real world for absolutely no cost.

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        Ronan Levesque
        Software engineer at Algolia · | 18 upvotes · 266.6K views

        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.

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        VuePress

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          It's Vue
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          Created by the vue.js developers
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          Its Vue

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        Nikolaj Ivancic

        I want to build a documentation tool - functionally equivalent to MkDocs. The initial choice ought to be VuePress - but I know of at least one respectable developer who started with VuePress and switched to Nuxt.js. A rich set of "themes" is a plus and all documents ought to be in Markdown.

        Any opinions?

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        A static site generator using all the shortcuts and tools in modern web development
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          Rails for static sites
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          Erb, haml, slim
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          Live reload
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          Emacs org-mode integration by middleman-org
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          Make front-end easy and rock solid again
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          Ronan Levesque
          Software engineer at Algolia · | 18 upvotes · 266.6K views

          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.

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