Static site generator quandary

I'm in the middle of trying to figure out which static site generator (SSG) to use. It feels like a real minefield as there are currently over 400 of them! Yowza! Jekyll, Hugo, Next, Nuxt, Gatsby and Eleventy to name just a few. If you're still trying to get your head around this like me, staticgen.com has a pretty comprehensive list.

The one's I've shortlisted – (for my needs anyhow) – are Jekyll and Eleventy. Eleventy is the new kid on the block – (and looks fab by the way) – but Jekyll has the advantage of being a more mature product and benefitting from a large and established support structure. Paul Lloyd recently wrote an article on 24ways describing some of his journey from Jekyll to Eleventy and it's got some interesting points; particularly for someone like me that's doing this for the first time.

As I'm sure you know, any adoption of a new technology takes a considerable amount of time and energy so it's worthwhile weighing up the cost before putting one's head down and going for it. I try my best to resist just defaulting to what seems 'cutting-edge' or trendy; and Eleventy possibly falls into this category. But saying that, Eleventy does look like a fab product and I'm a big fan of Zach Leatherman.

Sooooo… I reckon I'll give Eleventy a go and see where it takes me.

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