Jekyll is a blog-aware, static site generator in Ruby
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Pro GitHub Pages offers free hosting with a github.io subdomain
Pro Has a built in server
You can spin up a static server at localhost:4000 by running
Pro Excels at blogging
Jekyll pages are structured by posts, which makes it easier to build a blog.
Pro Decent documentation
Link to docs
Pro Can use HTML to set up your page templates, and markdown for your blog posts
Pro Code highlighting with pygments
Pro Import your existing blog from many sources
Jekyll supports importing from many dynamic blog engines:
- Drupal 6
- Drupal 7
- Google Reader
- Movable Type
Pro Large, active and helpful community
Thanks to it's popularity, Jekyll has a large and active community of users. This means there is plenty of learning material available for Jekyll and it's easy to find help from other users when needed.
Pro Has built in watch mode
Watch mode will reconstruct the site as pages are updated which is great for testing.
Pro Customisable with data and collections
Can make sites very different from blogs but with a lot of pages by making templates using data and collections.
Con Little Windows support
Windows is not an officially supported platform and setting it up on Windows requires a lot more tinkering than Linux or OSX.