This humble blog is written by an old-school developer who sometimes does web stuff. An attempt to customize the Bootstrap CSS theme requires 50 MB of node_modules, over 500 packages, and comes with a bit of frustration at stupid tools and terrible documentation.
I tested the speed of four static site generators: Nikola, Pelican, Hexo and Octopress, in a clean environment. Spoiler alert: Nikola won.
Disclaimer: author is a developer and user of Nikola. The test environments used were the same for all four generators.
- Nikola v7.6.1, by Roberto Alsina, Chris Warrick and contributors; Python; MIT license
- Pelican v3.6.0, by Alexis Metaireau and contributors; Python; GNU AGPL license
- Hexo v3.1.1, by Tommy Chen and contributors; Node.js; MIT license
- Octopress v2.0, by Brandon Mathis and contributors; Ruby; MIT license (based on Jekyll)