The 5 Best Static Site Generators That Will Make Your Life Easier

Static site generators are the most powerful and easiest to use way to build your own website on the web. Static sites are also easier to backup, cheaper to host, and faster to load compared to their dynamic counterparts. In this guide I’ll show you my personal favorite static site generators, why they’re awesome, and how to get started with them. You’ll be turning your text files into a real website in no time!

1) Jekyll
Jekyll is a static site generator written in Ruby by Tom Preston-Werner, co-founder of GitHub. It was originally created to power GitHub Pages and has since grown into a popular choice for sites and blogs due to its ease of use and fantastic features. Jekyll takes your content, renders Markdown (or Textile), HTML, or Liquid code into a publishable format based on the metadata you provide it with. And the best part? If something goes wrong, all you need to do is type bundle exec jekyll serve and get back up running in seconds!

2) Hugo
Hugo is a static site generator written in Go and available under the MIT license. Hugo takes a directory with content and templates, renders Markdown and HTML files to create a website, and spits out all the necessary assets. The simplicity of Hugo makes it one of the best static site generators on the market. The only requirement for Hugo is that you have Go installed on your computer, which will make installation easy as pie. If you need any help getting started with Hugo, there are many tutorials available to help!

3) Gatsby
Gatsby is an open-source project that makes it easy to build powerful React applications with blazing fast speed. It’s the perfect tool for creating blogs, marketing sites, and portfolios. Gatsby has a headless CMS called Contentful which can be used as a content management system for static sites or as a data source for dynamic websites. Gatsby also has a React-powered admin panel where you can modify content without touching code. You can even preview your changes in real-time!

4) VuePress
VuePress is an open-source static site generator built with Vue.js. It features a simple, pluggable design and provides a clean and easy way to create beautiful documentation and marketing sites with minimal effort.
It has an intuitive command line interface so you can focus on writing your content. The default theme is Material Design Lite (which we use for our own documentation) but it’s easy to swap in Bootstrap or another framework if that better suits your needs.
VuePress generates static HTML files that are quick and simple to deploy, making it the perfect choice for backends or hosting providers without complex build pipelines.

5) Hexo
#1 Hexo is a fast, simple, and powerful blog framework that requires no database. It’s easy to use, deployable on any platform and under any stack (Node.js, .Net etc.), and works out of the box with GitHub pages.
Hexo is one of the best static site generators for beginners because it has an intuitive user interface that doesn’t require any programming knowledge to get started. The fact that it uses Markdown as its syntax makes it a breeze to write content for your blog posts and update your website. All you need to do is download the package from GitHub, extract the contents onto your project directory and run npm install followed by hexo s or hexo d depending on whether you want to generate a site or watch files respectively.

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