Comparing some static HTML generators
I have started looking at some static html website generators. Will be writing more about them in separate posts. I am not looking to have to know or do too much with CSS or too much customization. I would like it to use sensible defaults, conventions and leave me to just fill data. I like filters like textile, markdown and maruku. It should look good straight off. Links on the side or below would be great.
I first started with zenspider.com’s ZenWeb (written in ruby). The sparse directions for usage gave me many errors. I spent hours figuring them out. I still cannot get it to correctly make a site map of a subfolder from the main (due to bugs). Very basic filter. Not sure if it;s abandoned.
Then downloaded Webby – this thing began downloading half the internet ! and crashed out while running Rdocs on haml and builder.
So then i downloaded webgen (ruby gem) which looked better based on documentation. This does not run – gives an error about not finding console.
An error has occurred: uninitialized constant Console
That’s the issue with these uncompiled languages — so much time wasted due to uninitialized variables that only give errors when the program tried to execute the erroneous line.
Webby surprisingly runs and I will write more on that again.
Then also downloaded qsgen (a python egg), but not sure what all it does, and some samples of the format would have helped. To look at later.
Then i tried downloading HTMLGen – finally found it in macports – that first downloaded a lower version of python (2.4) (I have 2.5.1), and then finally said it can’t find htmlgen!
Edit: uninstalled latest webgen and installed an older stable version
gem install webgen -v '< 0.5.0'
This things rocks! Much more mature than webby.