Switching Static Website Generator
Posted on February 21, 2021 by Adrian Wyssmann ‐ 2 min read
Switching my website from Jekyll to Hugo and the reasons why
Why switching the website generator?
When I switched from Wordpress to [Jekyll] I was quite happy cause maintaining the site was much easier - cause everything is code. However, as I want to add more stuff than only blog posts including some non-english content, I tried adding multi-language support to my Jekyll-site, using jekyll-multiple-languages-plugin. As I was struggling to get it working quickly, I figured, maybe should sit down and see whether [Jekyll] is the right choice. back then I did not really look around, but just wanted to get rid of Wordpress. So this time let’s do some research.
I eventually found https://jamstack.org/. As of today the page list 322 results, which is a lot of static website generator - too much to evaluate each one of them. So how to proceed then? Well obviously a good start is looking at the onces with most Github stars - apparently these frameworks seems very appealing to a lot of people.
Do be clear, mi intention is not to do a comparison of different frameworks as this would need a proper evaluation. I am just simply looking for something easy to use incl. multi-language support
Among the top project is not only [Jekyll], but also others. So what I did is
- looked into the documentation and the showcases
- installed (some of) them and initialized a simple website
- made some modifications to see how difficult it is to understand syntax and make changes
As I am no web developer I usually rely on cool open-source themes and then do my modifications - which is by the way really nice to get to know details. During my “evaluation” I eventually found [DOKS] - an amazing theme. It`s made with [Hugo].