One of the options, when I started looking around for an alternative to my home-brew blogging engine back in 2003/4, was Movable Type. It generated static files each time you hit publish. It was slow and seemed a little antiquated, so I opted for WordPress (then at version 1.2, which shows how long I’ve been using it) because dynamic was obviously the future.
Static is Back
There’s been plenty of noise about the re-rise of static sites lately, mainly due to Static Site Generators — software or engines that take content (often in Markdown format) and some templates and generates plain old HTML files.
There are a number of benefits to this approach that seem to be appealing:
- You can host it anywhere, every web server and host supports HTML
- Fewer security concerns to worry about
- No upgrades to install
- You can create process flow for versioning and deployment
- You can write content in your favourite text editor
It’s not like static site generators went away, but with the growth of services that can now be delivered on the front-end (dynamic content, comments, etc) they’re re-emerging as an alternative for certain types of sites. Continue reading…