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Comparison of Gatsby vs Jekyll

Jekyll

Jekyll is a simple, blog-aware, static site generator for personal, project, or organization sites. Written in Ruby by Tom Preston-Werner, GitHub's co-founder, it is distributed under the open source MIT license.

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Feature Availability
Excellent (fully available)
Good (partially available, e.g. plugins)
Fair (needs customization or limited)
Poor (not possible)

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Feature Availability
Excellent (fully available)
Good (partially available, e.g. plugins)
Fair (needs customization or limited)
Poor (not possible)

Performance

CategoryGatsbyJekyllDelivery OptimizationGatsby logoJekyll Logo
Build your site as static files which can be deployed without a server.Gatsby logoJekyll Logo
Cache your site on a CDN distributed throughout the globe.Gatsby logoJekyll Logo
Use Google’s AMP’s static page format, which enables faster loads and are privileged in Google search results.Payload optimizationGatsby logoJekyll Logo
Load images progressively by displaying a blurry placeholder image before loading the full heavyweight asset, thus preventing pages from appearing incomplete.Gatsby logoJekyll Logo
Enable modern browsers to load the right size of image assets given viewport size through responsive images.Gatsby logoJekyll Logo
Inline CSS within your rendered HTML in order to prevent blocking page load as occurs in the case of a separate CSS file.Gatsby logoJekyll Logo
Host fonts on your own server so you can load them from your local filesystem so that a page load-blocking request to external servers does not occur.Progressive Web App (PWA)Gatsby logoJekyll Logo
Provide offline access via service workers in Progressive Web Apps so that users on spotty connections can access your site.Gatsby logoJekyll Logo
Prefetch all the content needed to load the next link you click in the background while you browse the page as it loads.Gatsby logoJekyll Logo
Allow browsers to serve content locally without an extra network call when a user visits a previously visited page by fingerprinting static resources that aren’t expected to change.Gatsby logoJekyll Logo
Fetch only the code for the loaded page on page load as opposed to the code needed to run the entire application.

Developer Experience

CategoryGatsbyJekyllMaintainability and debuggabilityGatsby logoJekyll Logo
Reduce operations overhead by using serverless hosting that doesn’t require security or framework upgrades or accessing a live production server.Gatsby logoJekyll Logo
Click a Preview button or refresh the page to preview what your content looks like while writing or editing a piece of content.Gatsby logoJekyll Logo
See UI changes without refreshing the page in your local development environment browser while editing content.Gatsby logoJekyll Logo
See UI changes without refreshing the page in your local development environment browser while editing code.Declarative renderingGatsby logoJekyll Logo
Plug and play internal or external third-party components from a shared codebase or component library.Gatsby logoJekyll Logo
Use a unidirectional data flow without complex interdependencies that are present in other data flow approaches like MVC in order to build complex front-end components.Gatsby logoJekyll Logo
Use declarative queries in GraphQL that are colocated with your components to retrieve only certain data in a certain shape. Gatsby also pulls data into the GraphQL API so you can query it in your local IDE or query constructor.Gatsby logoJekyll Logo
Use a hierarchical UI approach by declaratively passing properties down child trees in React, with faster debug cycles through the DevTools extension and element-by-element state comparisons.Modern development practicesGatsby logoJekyll Logo
Use asset pipelines, the compilers of the web stack, to transform images and discrete code into minified, raw HTML, CSS, and JavaScript that browsers can parse.Gatsby logoJekyll Logo
Use languages like Sass and LESS and libraries like Glamor and Aphrodite to colocate CSS with JavaScript and HTML in React in order to solve common problems in vanilla CSS like global namespacing, nondeterminism, dead code elimination, and minification.Gatsby logoJekyll Logo
Access modern JavaScript features including syntactic sugar, new language features, new data structures and types, and modularity.

Governance

CategoryGatsbyJekyllSecurityGatsby logoJekyll Logo
Protect your application from cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerabilities that could expose your site to attackers.Gatsby logoJekyll Logo
Enable access control through cross-origin resource sharing (CORS) to prevent unwanted access through vectors such as distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.Gatsby logoJekyll Logo
Use environment variables so you can deploy configuration to hosting services without exposing them in your codebase.Gatsby logoJekyll Logo
Provide user authentication through an authentication provider that will permit access to sensitive areas of your application.DesignGatsby logoJekyll Logo
Use tools like Typography.js to make it easier to programmatically design your site by generating CSS that adheres to a certain intended design.Gatsby logoJekyll Logo
Export application components for use in other applications such as Sketch, which has integrations like react-sketchapp for React components.Gatsby logoJekyll Logo
Leverage component libraries in other applications like Sketch with integrations like react-sketchapp to accelerate the articulation of your style guide.

Accessibility

CategoryGatsbyJekyllAccessible markupGatsby logoJekyll Logo
Provide a baseline of progressive enhancement where all sites can be accessed as static HTML and CSS and where all fundamental functionality is preserved without JavaScript being enabled.Gatsby logoJekyll Logo
Leverage ARIA landmarks to provide semantic markers that indicate certain page elements for users of assistive and accessible technologies such as screen readers.Gatsby logoJekyll Logo
Introduce meaning to HTML to reinforce desired semantics and to aid the navigation of your site by users of assistive and accessible technologies such as screen readers.Accessible defaultsGatsby logoJekyll Logo
Provide focus management on each page change through libraries such as @reach/router, an accessible routing library.Gatsby logoJekyll Logo
Leverage a framework with a clear and robust accessibility statement explaining its position on accessibility and that it is a first-class consideration.Gatsby logoJekyll Logo
Leverage a framework with full compliance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. Gatsby is partially compliant.

Documentation

CategoryGatsbyJekyllTutorials and guidesGatsby logoJekyll Logo
Read an introductory tutorial with a step-by-step process to help new users get started quickly.Gatsby logoJekyll Logo
Read a guide with a step-by-step process to help you source data from a data source such as a CMS.Gatsby logoJekyll Logo
Read a guide with a set of instructions to incorporate a CSS preprocessor such as Sass, LESS, or Stylus; and CSS-in-JS libraries like Glamor, or Aphrodite.Development guidesGatsby logoJekyll Logo
Read a guide with a set of instructions to perform routing and route management in the framework.Gatsby logoJekyll Logo
Read a guide with a set of instructions to perform testing and quality assurance such as linting within a development workflow.Gatsby logoJekyll Logo
Read a guide with a set of instructions to perform debugging and troubleshooting within a development workflow.Gatsby logoJekyll Logo
Read a guide with a set of instructions to improve performance benchmarks within the framework.Feature addition guidesGatsby logoJekyll Logo
Read a guide with a set of instructions to add media assets such as image and video to your application.Gatsby logoJekyll Logo
Read a guide with a set of instructions to add search capabilities and indexing to your application.Gatsby logoJekyll Logo
Read a guide with a set of instructions to add analytics integration and segmentation to your application.Gatsby logoJekyll Logo
Read a guide with a set of instructions to add authentication providers to gate access to your application.Gatsby logoJekyll Logo
Read a guide with a set of instructions to perform search engine optimization for your application.

Ecosystem

CategoryGatsbyJekyllEcosystemGatsby logoJekyll Logo
Leverage an existing component ecosystem such as React’s, which includes out-of-the-box component libraries and curated sets such as JSCoach.Gatsby logoJekyll Logo
Plug your application into static hosts such as Netlify, Render, or surge.sh. WordPress and Squarespace include built-in hosting.Gatsby logoJekyll Logo
Leverage a theme ecosystem with various options for your application to take on a custom look and feel. Jekyll has themes, and WordPress and Squarespace offer default theme selection.IntegrationsGatsby logoJekyll Logo
Leverage a framework that has integrations off the shelf with more than 20 other systems.Gatsby logoJekyll Logo
Leverage a framework that has integrations off the shelf with more than 50 other systems.CommunityGatsby logoJekyll Logo
Collaborate with other developers on an individual basis in a community that offers a pairing program for mentorship.Gatsby logoJekyll Logo
Purchase items from a swag store to express your support of the framework community.Gatsby logoJekyll Logo
Feel welcome and empowered to contribute within a community that has an official code of conduct governing all interactions.Gatsby logoJekyll Logo
Understand how to contribute to a community with a clear section in documentation for new contributors.

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