Static Site Generators and Toolkits
My ongoing research on static site generators, builders, and toolkits.
What are static sites generators?
Let me try:
A toolkit that pre-processes assets (css, images, fonts) and plaintext, adds html templates (compiled or as-is), provides configurable logic for them to link together, statically, as a standalone website.
With static sites you don't need a database or server. You don't have to worry about css attacks. You can even configure your assets through a CDN. What's more, servers love them.
They serve them for free.
However, they come in several languages. What you choose depends on your comfort, your taste, whether you're a developer or a designer. There's no good answer for "what's a good static site generator", the same way there isn't a good answer for "what's a vegan cafe in San Francisco."
To know what's good for me, I tell myself: let me try it.
How to choose
Use it. Change it. Write your own.
What I learned about static sites (so far, at least):
Basic. Logic-less. File based.
Best for users getting rid of cms in search of simplicity.
Simple, yet flexible with some options. Most popular to solve "the 80%".
Best for designers comfortable with basic programming skills, and developers who want a boilerplate to configure.
Cover a range of workflows, templating languages, markups, pre-processors that hack the hell out of your content with plugins.
Best for programmers who like to modify, integrate, and connect the missing dots with code.
Odd, but good