Static web site generators


#1

After Googling a bit, it appears that nanoc, webby & webgen seem to be
the prominent Ruby candidates for tools to generate static web sites.

Any recommendations/warnings from folks who have used any of them?


#2

Brian A. wrote:

After Googling a bit, it appears that nanoc, webby & webgen seem to be
the prominent Ruby candidates for tools to generate static web sites.

Any recommendations/warnings from folks who have used any of them?

I’ll jump right up and say that there cannot be enough praise for Webby.
I use it for a great many sites, including a number I’ve designed
professionally, and all my personal sites. It’s wonderfully designed,
easy to use, with a lively and helpful discussion list, and Tim P., the
developer, couldn’t be a more helpful fellow. You might wanna give it a
whirl. If you do, make free use of the discussion list, to help you move
things along fast, but you may not need it at all.

t.

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#3

On Mar 7, 5:18 pm, Brian A. removed_email_address@domain.invalid wrote:

After Googling a bit, it appears that nanoc, webby & webgen seem to be
the prominent Ruby candidates for tools to generate static web sites.

Any recommendations/warnings from folks who have used any of them?

There certainly nothing wrong with static site generation --in some
ways static sites are better. And those are all good tools and there
are others as well. But, I always find myself moving to a dynamic site
in the end. It’s just a hell of a lot more convenient.

I would be cool if some of these static site generators had a cache
and generate on demand mode.

T.


#4

trans removed_email_address@domain.invalid writes:

On Mar 7, 5:18 pm, Brian A. removed_email_address@domain.invalid wrote:

After Googling a bit, it appears that nanoc, webby & webgen seem to be
the prominent Ruby candidates for tools to generate static web sites.

Any recommendations/warnings from folks who have used any of them?

There certainly nothing wrong with static site generation --in some
ways static sites are better. And those are all good tools and there
are others as well. But, I always find myself moving to a dynamic site
in the end. It’s just a hell of a lot more convenient.

For sites that have a reasonable chance of becoming dynamic, I
probably would just start out that way, but the memory requirements
for mongrel are quite heavy and I don’t think passenger or other
options have reduced it that much, so for some simple sites, I just
want to avoid copy/paste or server side includes.

Also, I think I might find them useful for generating other files.


#5

I did a similar survey a few months ago and went with nanoc because
the documentation was good. I’m very happy with it and it’s easily the
most productive static site development tool ive encountered.

Make sure you have a firefox with the web developer tools installed.

Peter B.
(917) 445 5663 removed_email_address@domain.invalid


#6

Brian A. wrote:

After Googling a bit, it appears that nanoc, webby & webgen seem to be
the prominent Ruby candidates for tools to generate static web sites.

Any recommendations/warnings from folks who have used any of them?

I’ve been happy with webby.