Assemble vs Jekyll: What are the differences?
Developers describe Assemble as "The static site generator for Node.js, Grunt.js and Yeoman". Most popular site generator for Grunt.js and Yeoman. Assemble is used to build hundreds of web projects, ranging in size from a single page to 14,000 pages (that we're aware of!). On the other hand, Jekyll is detailed as "Blog-aware, static site generator in Ruby". 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.
Assemble and Jekyll belong to "Static Site Generators" category of the tech stack.
Some of the features offered by Assemble are:
- Allows you to carve your HTML up into reusable fragments: partials, includes, sections, snippets... Whatever you prefer to call them, Assemble does that.
- Optionally use layouts to wrap your pages with commonly used elements and content.
- "Pages" can either be defined as HTML/templates, JSON or YAML, or directly inside the Gruntfile.
On the other hand, Jekyll provides the following key features:
- Simple - No more databases, comment moderation, or pesky updates to install—just your content.
- Static - Markdown (or Textile), Liquid, HTML & CSS go in. Static sites come out ready for deployment.
- Blog-aware - Permalinks, categories, pages, posts, and custom layouts are all first-class citizens here.
Assemble and Jekyll are both open source tools. Jekyll with 38.1K GitHub stars and 8.31K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Assemble with 3.7K GitHub stars and 256 GitHub forks.
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