Publishing Sites with Markdown

Publishing Sites with Markdown

flat file cms, static site generators, SSG

The number of engines is staggering, as there are around 500 of them, and even listing them is a cumbersome task. However, fear not, as I have found the ultimate and definitive listing of Static Site Generators, which includes all of them: Static Site Generators.

If you’re looking for another list of Static Site Generators for Jamstack Sites, you can check out StaticGen, which is now redirected to Additionally, there is a compilation of strictly flat-file CMS systems available at this repository here. Interestingly, the gathering and creation of these lists began with this gist. Happy exploring!

Selection of Very Good Ones

  • Hugo is written in Go and that should not be a problem. Has a quite a few of themes. More popular than Grav (6000 stars). Search is wierd, as this is real static-site generator.

  • Kirby is PHP but has the same problem as Grav as a folder is needed for every page. And it is not free.

  • HTMLy has a real lack of documentation.

  • Herbie is close to perfect, the only problem is German language. It has its own search functionality and it’s file naming is very strict.

  • Pico is great (2000 stars) as is newer fork Phile which has the most flexible front-matter that I prefer. Both of them have little quality sites to showcase and totally lack search functionality.

  • Baun is successor to Pico from the same author, and is perfect in every sense, but only 200 stars. Admin panel is not free.
    Baun: A New Kind of PHP CMS - Gilbert Pellegrom

  • Sphido is simple and also has a logical metadata format.

  • Parvula is a simple & flexible PHP CMS generated from flat files with a complete RESTful API with active repo at ParvulaCMS/parvula

Too Weird

Others that I looked at are or too weird or simply outdated.

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date 06. Jul 2016 | modified 10. Jun 2024
filename: CMS » Flat-file Markdown SSG