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What is Gatsby? Free, open source framework for building blazing fast websites and apps with React. 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 Hugo? A Fast and Flexible Static Site Generator built with love by spf13 in GoLang. 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.

Gatsby and Hugo belong to "Static Site Generators" category of the tech stack.

"Generated websites are super fast" is the primary reason why developers consider Gatsby over the competitors, whereas "Lightning fast" was stated as the key factor in picking Hugo.

Gatsby and Hugo are both open source tools. It seems that Hugo with 36K GitHub stars and 4.05K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Gatsby with 35.7K GitHub stars and 5.26K GitHub forks.

According to the StackShare community, Gatsby has a broader approval, being mentioned in 48 company stacks & 128 developers stacks; compared to Hugo, which is listed in 36 company stacks and 60 developer stacks.

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Hi everyone, I'm trying to decide which front-end tool, that will likely use server-side rendering (SSR), in hopes it'll be faster. The end-user will upload a document and they see text output on their screen (like SaaS or microservice). I read that Gatsby can also do SSR. Also want to add a headless CMS that is easy to use.

Backend is in Go. Open to ideas. Thank you.

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Vishal Gupta
Senior Architect at Mindtree Ltd · | 3 upvotes · 16.3K views
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If your purpose is plain simply to upload a file which can handle by backend service than Gatsby is good enough assuming you have other content pages which will benefit from faster page loads for those Headless CMS driven pages. But if you have more logical/functional aspects like deciding content/personalization at server side of web application than choose NextJS.

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Manuel Feller
Frontend Engineer at BI X · | 4 upvotes · 122.5K 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 Hugo
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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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    Static-sites
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    Images
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    List of starters as base for new project
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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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    Open source
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    Gitlab pages integration
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    Incremental Build
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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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    Hacker mindset
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    Not HTML only - JSON, RSS
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    LiveReload built in
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    Very fast builds
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    Gitlab pages integration
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    Easy to customize themes
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    Easy to learn
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    Fast builds
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    Well documented

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Cons of Gatsby
Cons of Hugo
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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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    No Plugins/Extensions
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    Template syntax not friendly
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    Quick builds

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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 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.

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