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How to Choose the Best Static Site Generator in 2020

couellet profile image Charles Ouellet Originally published at snipcart.com on ・2 min read

Picking the Best Static Site Generator for Your Next Project

So.

Many.

Static site generators.

Even for us who've done 20+ demos & tutorials with them, it gets overwhelming.

I can't imagine what it must be like for a developer just learning about the JAMstack.

Like landing in freakin’ wonderland

Like landing in freakin’ wonderland

To try and help, we synthesized our knowledge into one comprehensive piece.

By the end of this post, you should be able to find the best static site generator (SSG) for any project.

Here's what you'll learn about SSGs:

  1. What they are (and why you should use them)
  2. What are the best static site generators in 2020
  3. Considerations before choosing the one

1. What are static site generators?

If you're looking for the right SSG, I assume you have a decent understanding of what they are. Still, a bit of context can't hurt.

Static sites aren't new. They were what we used to build the web before dynamic CMSs (WordPress, Drupal, etc.) took over.

What's new, then? Modern tools—like static site generators—came out over the last years and expanded the capabilities of static sites.

Simply put, a static site generator is an application that takes your site content, applies it to templates, and generates a structure of purely static HTML files ready to be delivered to visitors. The application itself can be written in any language: Ruby (Jekyll), Go (Hugo), JavaScript (Gatsby, 11ty).

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