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Metalsmith

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Nikola

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Metalsmith vs Nikola: What are the differences?

What is 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.

What is Nikola? A Static Site Generator. It is a Python package that allows the user to create static websites using Python metadata. Static websites are safer, use fewer resources, and avoid vendor and platform lock-in.

Metalsmith and Nikola belong to "Static Site Generators" category of the tech stack.

Some of the features offered by Metalsmith are:

  • Read template files from a directory
  • Parse files for template placeholders
  • Prompt user to fill in each placeholder

On the other hand, Nikola provides the following key features:

  • Host anywhere
  • Fast rebuilds
  • Multiple input formats

Metalsmith is an open source tool with 7.3K GitHub stars and 645 GitHub forks. Here's a link to Metalsmith's open source repository on GitHub.

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Pros of Metalsmith
Pros of Nikola
  • 9
    Plugability
  • 4
    Easy to install, easy to hack, easy to deploy
  • 2
    Really works hard to be simple
  • 1
    Chain plugins like a file processing pipe
  • 1
    CI: push to github, auto-deploy to netlifly (free)
  • 1
    Build any kind of website
  • 1
    Use any templating engine
  • 1
    IPython (Jupyter) Notebooks
  • 1
    Themes and templates with Mako or Jinja2
  • 1
    Implemented in Python
  • 1
    Jinja2
  • 1
    Open Source

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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.

What is Nikola?

It is a Python package that allows the user to create static websites using Python metadata. Static websites are safer, use fewer resources, and avoid vendor and platform lock-in.

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    Jekyll
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