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7 Reasons NOT to Use a Static Site Generator

In my previous article we discussed reasons why you could benefit from using a static site generator. To recap:

  • A static site is a collection of pages contained in basic HTML files. You could hand-write these in a text editor but managing assets and repeated elements such as navigation can become problematic.
  • A Content Management System stores page content in a database and provides facilities to edit and apply themes. Management becomes easier at the expense of flexibility, performance, server requirements, security and back-ups.
  • A Static Site Generator is a compromise between using a hand-coded static site and a full CMS. You generate an HTML-only website using raw data (such as markdown files) and templates. The resulting build is transferred to your live server.

Popular static site generators include Jekyll, Pelican, Hugo and Metalsmith — see StaticGen for many more options.

An SSG appears to offer the benefits of both CMS and static worlds but they will not be suitable to every project…

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