When comparing Medium vs Hugo, the Slant community recommends Hugo for most people. In the question“What are the best solutions for a personal blog?” Hugo is ranked 3rd while Medium is ranked 5th. The most important reason people chose Hugo is:
Code can be viewed [on GitHub](http://github.com/spf13/hugo).
Ranked in these QuestionsQuestion Ranking
Pro Clean, beautiful pages
Medium has clean, minimalist pages with pictures and great typography.
Pro Great post editor
A WYSIWYG editor that does not get in the way at all. It is invisible most of the time and only appears when you select something.
Pro Excellent readability
There are no distractions and with a clean layout and great typography, reading Medium articles is a pleasure.
Pro Clean writing experience
Medium takes away all the clutter without taking away any necessary features for a better writing experience. And it doesn't require knowing Markdown to write, all tools are WYSIWYG.
Medium allows bookmarking articles and following collections as well as users.
Pro Paragraph based commenting
As Medium encourages long-form writing they've re-imagined how comments should work accordingly. You can leave comments for every paragraph separately, so you don't have to reference a specific part in a comments section at the bottom. Technically, the feature is called "notes."
Pro Unintrusive yet powerful community interaction
Allows for finding new, related content.
Pro Recommendation system
Intended for appreciating a post, allows easier discoverability of an article by other readers.
Pro Great inbound channels to acquire bigger audiences quickly
Has a great network based on tags and search for "Suggest an article" as a similar read to others and for specific categories. Allows you a much bigger audience quicker than most platforms.
Pro Photo upload and display is aesthetically pleasing
If you post photos as part of your blog, the interface on Medium is one of the best for both inline uploading as well as display in the post itself.
Pro Zero setup required
As soon as you sign-up for the service, you are ready to start writing.
Pro Built-in analytics
Medium shows how many people have opened your post and how many have read through it. And how many people have recommended your post.
Pro Collaborative if you want it to be
You can send a draft out to other people and have them edit and leave notes on it.
Pro Google Analytics support
They can enable this for you upon request.
Pro Excellent Post editor
With so many built-in features and flexibility to use, I would recommend Medium first amongst all.
Pro Open-source and free
Code can be viewed on GitHub.
Pro No dependencies
All other SSGs expect you to have a full toolchain setup for their language. Hugo is written in Go and distributed as an executable for unix, linux, windows and mac. Just download and run.
Pro Many themes available
Pro Very active community
Pro Single binary - cross platform
Pro Clean workflow
Create your new site, run the Hugo server, edit. Lather, rinse, repeat. Hugo stays out of the way.
Pro Great multipurpose development platform
We are using Hugo as the base-framework for a full blown knowledge management system, idea-management and inhouse brainstorming tool. Hugo source-code is well structures and comes with top components out of the box, that makes every solution built on this framework incredible fast and scalable accross platforms and corporate silos! Hugo - when being used as a framework is a game-changer that puts Sharepoint, Wordpress and Co. back to the shelf.
Pro Single source publishing
Can create PDFs, eBooks, RSS-Feeds, language and market specific Websites from single content folder.
Pro Good documentation
Pro Draft mode
Allows you to see changes in real time.
Pro Easy to add new content types, data files, and taxonomies
Con Medium can use your content however they want
Your content can be used royalty-free by Medium according to their Terms of Service.
Con Not self-hostable
Con Freemium philosophy
Con Cannot customise domain address
From April 2018, Medium has removed the ability to set a customised domain on new accounts.
Con Export is limited
The only export option is HTML. If you want to migrate away from Medium for some reason, it might be very difficult to do so.
Con Non-intuitive, non-threaded comment system
Con Limited customization options
In order to create a dead simple way to use the service, possibility to customize your blog was sacrificed. Medium publications, however, do allow a limited amount of customization.