Resources blog posts

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    The 'Rebirth' era

    Mike Neumegen

    2 March 2022

    What’s old is new again. With modern tooling and the knowledge of better ways of implementing SSGs, the rebirth era sees reincarnations of several older SSGs with modern ideas. Bridgetown...

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    Planning for your next Hugo project

    Bryce Wray

    25 February 2022

    There’s plenty to be said for stuff that just works, and the Hugo static site generator (SSG) is a perfect exemplar of that well-worn descriptor. When you’re building a new...

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    Global configuration within CloudCannon

    Ross Phillips

    24 February 2022

    We’ve recently changed the way you set global configuration within CloudCannon. (Any previous configuration will still work, though we do recommend updating.) Rather than relying on your SSG’s config files,...

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    The 'Let's Recreate Rails' era

    Mike Neumegen

    23 February 2022

    It’s 2019. Next.js/Nuxt.js are pushing the boundaries of what SSGs are capable of, and are surging in popularity. The ‘Let’s Recreate Rails’ era questions if we can take this paradigm...

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    The 'Maybe Static Wasn't So Bad' era

    Mike Neumegen

    16 February 2022

    After a period of heavy, complex JavaScripts integrated into SSGs, the following period pulls back to simpler times. And what could be simpler than straight HTML templates with Markdown content?...

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    Forestry to CloudCannon: The full migration guide

    Mike Neumegen

    12 February 2022

    As the Forestry CMS moves towards its sunset, many Hugo, 11ty, and Jekyll developers are looking for a new home for their Jamstack websites. CloudCannon is a Git-based CMS which...

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  • Photo illustration of desktop with Hugo, CloudCannon, and Bookshop logos

    Live editing in Hugo with Bookshop

    Liam Bigelow

    11 February 2022

    Bookshop — our open-source page-building toolkit — now supports Hugo, as well as Jekyll and Eleventy. If you missed our Bookshop launch post in October last year, here’s a quick recap: Bookshop...

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    The 'SPAs are awesome' era

    Mike Neumegen

    10 February 2022

    In the early 2010s — while Jekyll was being reinvented — web browsers were becoming ever more capable, spurring a proliferation of companies developing single-page applications. However, building single-page web applications...

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    The ‘Reinvention’ era'

    Mike Neumegen

    2 February 2022

    After years of recreating and iterating on Jekyll, the reinvention period sees a flurry of static site generators challenging some of Jekyll’s underlying foundations. We see SSGs doing new things...

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    The ‘After Jekyll’ era

    Mike Neumegen

    26 January 2022

    This is the second part of an ongoing series. If you’d like to read about the genesis of static site generators, see Part 1: The ‘Before Jekyll’ era. By 2008,...

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    The ‘Before Jekyll’ era

    Mike Neumegen

    15 January 2022

      Static site generators (SSGs) have exploded in adoption over the past few years. What were once tools for developers to build their personal blogs are now something millions of...

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  • Image of website divided in half comparing a static and dynamic website's loading time.

    What is a static website?

    CloudCannon

    18 October 2021

    Static websites make a statement. They give your users a near instant content experience on both desktop and mobile, they are easy to build for developers, they are inherently secure,...

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