There are many ways to build a website. If you’re considering Gatsby, you may also be looking at some alternatives:
- Traditional static site generators such as Jekyll let you put text or markdown in a specific directory such as
pages/in a version-controlled codebase. They then build a specific kind of site, usually a blog, as HTML files from the content you’ve added. These files can be cached and served from a CDN.
- Site builders like Squarespace are a type of hosted closed-source CMS. They focus on making it fast to build a website; however, they don’t allow self-hosting or enable you to export your website and customize it.
The chart below details Gatsby’s capabilities in comparison with a representative from each category. Click on any row to see a more detailed explanation on that feature and our rating for each system.
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