Hugo vs WordPress: What are the differences?
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; WordPress: A semantic personal publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability. 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.
Hugo belongs to "Static Site Generators" category of the tech stack, while WordPress can be primarily classified under "Self-Hosted Blogging / CMS".
Some of the features offered by Hugo are:
- Run Anywhere - Hugo is quite possibly the easiest to install software you've ever used, simply download and run. Hugo doesn't depend on administrative privileges, databases, runtimes, interpreters or external libraries. Sites built with Hugo can be deployed on S3, Github Pages, Dropbox or any web host.
- Fast & Powerful - Hugo is written for speed and performance. Great care has been taken to ensure that Hugo build time is as short as possible. We're talking milliseconds to build your entire site for most setups.
- Flexible - Hugo is designed to work how you do. Organize your content however you want with any URL structure. Declare your own content types. Define your own meta data in YAML, TOML or JSON.
On the other hand, WordPress provides the following key features:
- Publishing Tools
- User Management
"Lightning fast" is the primary reason why developers consider Hugo over the competitors, whereas "Customizable" was stated as the key factor in picking WordPress.
Hugo and WordPress are both open source tools. It seems that Hugo with 36.5K GitHub stars and 4.09K forks on GitHub has more adoption than WordPress with 12.6K GitHub stars and 7.69K GitHub forks.
Stack Exchange, ebay, and LinkedIn are some of the popular companies that use WordPress, whereas Hugo is used by Giant Swarm, Kanteron Systems, and Vufuzi. WordPress has a broader approval, being mentioned in 5305 company stacks & 1389 developers stacks; compared to Hugo, which is listed in 37 company stacks and 63 developer stacks.
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