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Static Site Generators

  • # May 4, 2013 at 1:09 am

    I’ve been looking at get into static site generators for some of the sites I build that don’t need server side scripting. Played around with Jekyll and Octopress a bit today as it seems to be the goto solution for static sites. It seems to be geared primarily for blogs though, and I’m not planning on using it for blogs as much just for some simple small business websites. Is Jekyll still the best option for me, or should I be looking at others? Any suggestions?

    # May 4, 2013 at 5:29 am

    I use Jekyll for my own blog, and I have to say I am very happy with it so far. But even if you can absolutely run a static site with Jekyll, I think it is more suited for blog.

    However I guess it worth a try. Shouldn’t be too hard to adapt it to a regular website architecture.

    # May 4, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    @nosecreek

    I also want to use a static site generator for simple small business websites.
    I have used Jekyll, but have had a lot of problems (all my fault, for being ignorant – not Jekyll’s fault). For example, getting HAML to work for layouts and templates was not easy for me. Supposedly, this is built in to Middleman.

    I recommend trying [Middleman](https://github.com/middleman/middleman)

    I am also toying with the idea of generating static sites from a Ruby on Rails app. Then the app could be used to manage the static sites, as a content management system.

    # May 4, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    @hotpink Thanks, I’ll take a look at Middleman. Have you used it? How does it compare to Jekyll?

    # May 27, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    Has anyone tried either of these WordPress -> Static Site plugins? Since I’m already developing with WordPress they seem like something that might make sense to use on site where I don’t need anything done server side. Thoughts?

    [Really Static](http://wordpress.org/plugins/really-static/)

    [WP Static HTML Output](http://wordpress.org/plugins/static-html-output-plugin/)

    # May 28, 2013 at 9:08 am

    @nosecreek If you’re small business site can be a one-pager then [Leeflets](http://leeflets.com/ “”) looks promising ( still in beta ).

    * [Leeflets blog](http://leeflets.com/blog/ “”)
    * [on google+](https://plus.google.com/communities/101923749085156952788 “”)
    * [introduction video's](https://twitter.com/GetLeeflets/media/grid “”)
    * [podcast](http://theindustry.cc/2013/04/25/execute-podcast-4-jason-schuller/ “”)
    * [an introduction with video](http://wpliving.net/introducing-leeflets-a-web-publishing-platform-designed-by-wordpress-gurus/ “”)

    # May 29, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Just began working with Middleman this past weekend. As I’ve slowly begun venturing into the deep darks of the “back end” through learning Ruby on Rails, Middleman seemed like a great fit. I’ve yet to really grasp all the MVC framework concepts, especially in the context of Rails, but Middleman seems to be a great steeping-stone, so to speak, into these types of frameworks.

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