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Manuel Feller
Frontend Engineer at BI X · | 4 upvotes · 125.4K 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 Grav
Pros of Hugo
  • 4
    Easy to Update
  • 3
    No Databases
  • 2
    Fast Performance
  • 2
    Extensive Plugins
  • 2
    Strong Security
  • 2
    Full Control over customisation + functionality
  • 1
    Ligth storage use
  • 47
    Lightning fast
  • 29
    Single Executable
  • 26
    Easy setup
  • 24
    Great development community
  • 23
    Open source
  • 13
    Write in golang
  • 8
    Hacker mindset
  • 7
    Not HTML only - JSON, RSS
  • 7
    LiveReload built in
  • 4
    Very fast builds
  • 4
    Gitlab pages integration
  • 4
    Easy to customize themes
  • 3
    Easy to learn
  • 3
    Fast builds
  • 3
    Well documented

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Cons of Grav
Cons of Hugo
  • 2
    Not easily to intergrate as an eCommerce (yet)
  • 4
    No Plugins/Extensions
  • 2
    Template syntax not friendly
  • 1
    Quick builds

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What is Grav?

It is a free, open-source and self-hosted content management system (CMS) based on the PHP programming language and Symfony web application framework. It uses a flat file database for both backend and frontend. It is more widely used, and growing at a faster rate, than other leading flat-file CMS competitors.

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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