An introduction to Static Site Generators
Let's build a (content) website
Option 1 : static site starting from scratch
Easy to get started
Good performance out of the box
Easy to deploy / host
Good to learn the fundamentals
Not a great Developer Experience (DX)
Hard to scale / maintain
How do you manage your content ?
Option 2 : use a "traditional" CMS
Easy to get a "full" website up quickly
Nice editing experience for your content
Community / ecosystem to help you
Deployment & hosting can be complex
Security can be an issue
Need to code backend + frontend parts
You just wanted a banana,
but what you got was a gorilla holding the banana and the entire jungle
Option 3 : use a platform
No coding required !
Same advantages as the "classic CMS"
(Very) limited customizability
You don't own your content
Option 4 : use a static site generator
Easy deployment & hosting
Good DX (templating + clean separation of code and content)
Poor content-editing experience out of the box
Dynamic functionalities (e.g. Auth) can be complex to implement
Not (just) for "simple" sites !