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Decisions about Ghost and Jekyll
Manuel Feller
Frontend Engineer at BI X · | 4 upvotes · 82.7K 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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Xander Groesbeek
Founder at Rate My Meeting · | 5 upvotes · 100.1K views

So many choices for CMSs these days. So then what do you choose if speed, security and customization are key? Headless for one. Consuming your own APIs for content is absolute key. It makes designing pages in the front-end a breeze. Leaving Ghost and Cockpit. If I then looked at the footprint and impact on server load, Cockpit definitely wins that battle.

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Pros of Ghost
Pros of Jekyll
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    Beautiful
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    Fast
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    Quick/simple post styling
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    Non-profit
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    Live Post Preview
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    Open source
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    Seamless writing
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    Node.js
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    Javascript
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    Simplest
  • 3
    Fast and Performatic
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    Wonderful UI
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    Handlebars
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    Full Control
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    Magic
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    Clean
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    Github pages integration
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    Open source
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    It's slick, customisable and hackerish
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    Easy to deploy
  • 22
    Straightforward cms for the hacker mindset
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    Gitlab pages integration
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    Best for blogging
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    Easy to integrate localization
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    Low maintenance
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    Huge plugins ecosystem
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    Authoring freedom and simplicity

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Cons of Ghost
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    Build time increases exponentially as site grows
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    Lack of developments lately
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    Dsad
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    Og doesn't work with postings dynamically

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What is Ghost?

Ghost is a platform dedicated to one thing: Publishing. It's beautifully designed, completely customisable and completely Open Source. Ghost allows you to write and publish your own blog, giving you the tools to make it easy and even fun to do.

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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What are some alternatives to Ghost and Jekyll?
Poltergeist
Poltergeist is a driver for Capybara. It allows you to run your Capybara tests on a headless WebKit browser, provided by PhantomJS.
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.
Drupal
Drupal is an open source content management platform powering millions of websites and applications. It’s built, used, and supported by an active and diverse community of people around the world.
Joomla!
Joomla is a simple and powerful web server application and it requires a server with PHP and either MySQL, PostgreSQL, or SQL Server to run it.
Adobe Experience Manager
It is a Web Content Management System that allows companies to manage their web content (Web pages, digital assets, forms, etc) and also create digital experiences with this content on any platform web, mobile or IoT.
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How developers use Ghost and Jekyll
A. M. Douglas uses
Ghost

The Ghost CMS is built on Node.js and provides the means to post new content (articles) to the site. As I have little time to actually spend on broadcasting my thoughts to the blogosphere, this doesn't see much use.

Bob P uses
Jekyll

With limited knowledge of CSS/HTML5, Jekyll makes it easy to create templates for static HTML5 sites. Unless I really need a database for something, this is the tool I prefer for standing up websites.

David Somers uses
Jekyll

I settled on Jekyll to be the CMS for my research blog. Out of the box it works, and over time I added to it... why write a dissertation when you can instead hack templates to tweak things.

ioi0 uses
Jekyll

This static site generator is used with "contentful-import" ruby plugin, which allows to fetch data from Contentfull and generate new web-pages based on it. Easy and fun to use.

CloudRepo uses
Jekyll

We wanted to pay the cost for website generation up front. Doing this allows us to put our website up in AWS S3 where it can be served reliably and for cheap.

Sud Web uses
Jekyll

We use Jekyll to build our website. We created a collection for talks. We handle speakers and sponsors via data files.

Ghost uses
Ghost

Ghost powers our blog (surprisingly)

Tiago Ferreira uses
Ghost

Blog platform for my main website, https://www.tiferrei.com

Jonathan Fries uses
Ghost

Blog engine that powers most everything the site does.

AmericanBibleSociety uses
Ghost

Blogging platform used on the Digital Media blog.