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Gatsby vs Metalsmith: What are the differences?

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; Metalsmith: An extremely simple, pluggable static site generator. 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.

Gatsby and Metalsmith can be categorized as "Static Site Generators" tools.

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

Gatsby and Metalsmith are both open source tools. Gatsby with 36.2K GitHub stars and 5.4K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Metalsmith with 7.27K GitHub stars and 640 GitHub forks.

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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 · 16.6K 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 · 123.4K 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 Metalsmith
  • 24
    Generated websites are super fast
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    Fast
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    GraphQL
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    Progressive Web Apps generation
  • 8
    Reusable components (React)
  • 8
    Easy to connect with lots of CMS via official plugins
  • 7
    Allows to use markdown files as articles
  • 5
    Static-sites
  • 5
    Images
  • 4
    List of starters as base for new project
  • 4
    All the benefits of a static website + React+GraphQL
  • 3
    Easy to connect with Drupal via official plugin
  • 3
    Open source
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    Gitlab pages integration
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    Incremental Build
  • 9
    Plugability
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    Easy to install, easy to hack, easy to deploy
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    Really works hard to be simple
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    Chain plugins like a file processing pipe
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    CI: push to github, auto-deploy to netlifly (free)
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    Build any kind of website
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    Use any templating engine

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Cons of Gatsby
Cons of Metalsmith
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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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    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 Metalsmith?

    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.

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    What are some alternatives to Gatsby and Metalsmith?
    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
    Lots of people use React as the V in MVC. Since React makes no assumptions about the rest of your technology stack, it's easy to try it out on a small feature in an existing project.
    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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