You can clone with
HTTPS or Subversion.
As a front-end dev I often use static site generators for their templating abilities, during html development. The output is still standalone static HTML pages, but by using something like Jekyll to build those pages you can properly template it and ensure inheritance between each page you're developing.
Good idea, I would like to see a collection of static site generators with they capabilities.
here's a gist with a list: https://gist.github.com/2254924
and an introduction to Static Site Generators: http://mickgardner.com/2011/04/27/An-Introduction-To-Static-Site-Generators.html
Now there are even more lists: