Jekyll is a blog-aware, static site generator in Ruby
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Pro Supported by GitHub Pages
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 organized by posts, which makes it easier to build a blog on it because it's already structured that way.
Pro Really good documentation
REALLY good! Better than the average commercial equivalent product.
Pro Mix and match HTML and Markdown pages
You 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 Has built in watch mode
Watch mode will reconstruct the site as pages are updated which is great for testing.
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.
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.