Well, I am not writing this blog because I have used Hugo for making my website. It is just that I wanted to compare the powers of Hugo and Jekyll. There is a whole list of static site generators you can use and some of them are listed here. However, I am just comparing these 2 as they are widely used.

NOTE: I too don’t know why I chose Hugo over Jekyll for making this website.

What is a static site generator?

First of all, let us know what is a static site generator. So, static site generators as the name suggest are simply website generators that take content, typically stored in flat files rather than databases, apply it against layouts or templates and generate a structure of purely static HTML files that are ready to be delivered.

To know more about the advantages and disadvantages of static site generators, read Davidwalsh’s blog.

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 metadata.

What is Jekyll?

Jekyll is a file-based content management system written in ruby. 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.

Hugo Jekyll
Go programming Language Ruby programming language
lightning Fast Not as fast as Hugo
Easy to set up Easy to set up but not as easy as Hugo
Easy to deploy Easy to deploy
No plugins/extensions for free themes Highly customisable and high support of plugins
Open source Open Source
No Github integration Github integration
Supports TOML, YAML and JSON Supports the only YAML for front matter
Fast builds Slow builds

So, these were some of the basic comparisons I made while using them in creating my static sites. There is still one more important comparison that is Asset Pipeline which I will try to cover in my upcoming blogs.