First, the bad news… I have found nothing comparable to Jekyll in terms of overall features, documentation and community. Now I don’t know every engine out there, but, so far, there’s nothing that even comes close to fully matching Jekyll.
The good news, however, is that I found Wintersmith to be a viable Jekyll replacement. It has a lot of the key features and is extensible. Plus, there are a reasonable amount of extensions out there for it already. On the other hand, the documentation is awful (let’s be honest) and the community is small. So, if you run into a problem, you’re stuck reviewing the source code. On the upside, I found the source code is pretty self-explanatory when I needed to rely on it.
Given the lack of a good getting started guide in the Wintersmith documentation, I wrote a two-part series for Sitepoint that walks you through the entire process of building a site. It follows the same exact format of my Jekyll guide covering everything from installation to templating, creating posts, custom metadata and custom data.
- Getting Started with Wintersmith: A Node.js-based Static Site Generator - Part 1
- Creating Posts, Custom Metadata, and Data in Wintersmith - Part 2
The source code for the example is part of my Static Site Samples GitHub project which also includes the aforementioned Jekyll sample as well as examples for Harp and Middleman.