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Decisions about Gatsby, Gridsome, and Jekyll
Manuel Feller
Frontend Engineer at BI X · | 4 upvotes · 98.8K views

As a Frontend Developer I wanted something simple to generate static websites with technology I am familiar with. GatsbyJS was in the stack I am familiar with, does not need any other languages / package managers and allows quick content deployment in pure HTML or Markdown (what you prefer for a project). It also does not require you to understand a theming engine if you need a custom design.

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Pros of Gatsby
Pros of Gridsome
Pros of Jekyll
  • 20
    Generated websites are super fast
  • 14
    Fast
  • 12
    GraphQL
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    Progressive Web Apps generation
  • 7
    Easy to connect with lots of CMS via official plugins
  • 7
    Reusable components (React)
  • 6
    Allows to use markdown files as articles
  • 4
    Static-sites
  • 4
    Images
  • 3
    Easy to connect with Drupal via official plugin
  • 3
    All the benefits of a static website + React+GraphQL
  • 3
    List of starters as base for new project
  • 2
    Open source
  • 1
    Gitlab pages integration
  • 1
    Incremental Build
  • 15
    Vuejs
  • 10
    GraphQL
  • 6
    Starter kit as a base for new project
  • 5
    Reusable components (Vue)
  • 4
    Open source
  • 3
    Allows to use markdown files as articles
  • 3
    Static-sites
  • 2
    Generated websites are super fast
  • 2
    Blogging website
  • 0
    Webpack
  • 75
    Github pages integration
  • 53
    Open source
  • 37
    It's slick, customisable and hackerish
  • 23
    Easy to deploy
  • 22
    Straightforward cms for the hacker mindset
  • 6
    Gitlab pages integration
  • 4
    Best for blogging
  • 2
    Easy to integrate localization
  • 2
    Low maintenance
  • 1
    Huge plugins ecosystem
  • 1
    Authoring freedom and simplicity

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Cons of Gatsby
Cons of Gridsome
Cons of Jekyll
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    No ssr
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    Very slow builds
  • 3
    Documentation isn't complete.
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    Slow builds
  • 2
    Flash of unstyled content issues
  • 2
    For-profit
  • 1
    Too many dependencies
  • 1
    Difficult debugging
  • 1
    Problematic between develop and build commands
  • 1
    Plugin driven development
  • 1
    Difficult maintenance
  • 1
    Still young
  • 1
    Open source
  • 4
    Build time increases exponentially as site grows
  • 2
    Lack of developments lately
  • 1
    Og doesn't work with postings dynamically

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What is 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.

What is Gridsome?

Build websites using latest web tech tools that developers love - Vue.js, GraphQL and Webpack. Get hot-reloading and all the power of Node.js. Gridsome makes building websites fun again.

What is 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.

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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.
Next.js
Next.js is a minimalistic framework for server-rendered React applications.
React
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Create React App
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WordPress
The core software is built by hundreds of community volunteers, and when you’re ready for more there are thousands of plugins and themes available to transform your site into almost anything you can imagine. Over 60 million people have chosen WordPress to power the place on the web they call “home” — we’d love you to join the family.
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