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Middleman

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Decisions about Gatsby, Hugo, and Middleman
Manuel Feller
Frontend Engineer at BI X · | 4 upvotes · 99.5K 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
Pros of Middleman
  • 20
    Generated websites are super fast
  • 14
    Fast
  • 12
    GraphQL
  • 8
    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
  • 45
    Lightning fast
  • 26
    Single Executable
  • 23
    Easy setup
  • 22
    Great development community
  • 21
    Open source
  • 12
    Write in golang
  • 6
    LiveReload built in
  • 6
    Hacker mindset
  • 6
    Not HTML only - JSON, RSS
  • 3
    Easy to customize themes
  • 3
    Gitlab pages integration
  • 2
    Fast builds
  • 1
    Well documented
  • 1
    Easy to learn
  • 1
    Very fast builds
  • 19
    Rails for static sites
  • 17
    Live reload
  • 16
    Erb, haml, slim
  • 6
    Easy setup
  • 3
    Emacs org-mode integration by middleman-org
  • 1
    Make front-end easy and rock solid again

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Cons of Gatsby
Cons of Hugo
Cons of Middleman
  • 6
    No ssr
  • 3
    Very slow builds
  • 3
    Documentation isn't complete.
  • 2
    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
  • 4
    No Plugins/Extensions
  • 2
    Template syntax not friendly
  • 1
    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.

    What is 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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