Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Pelican: A Comparison of Static Site Generators

Accepted Session
Short Form
Scheduled: Wednesday, June 24, 2015 from 1:30 – 2:15pm in B202/203


Want to make a static site or blog, but not sure where to start? Tired of using Wordpress and looking for something better? This talk will get into the nitty-gritty details of how Jekyll and Pelican -- two popular static site generators -- work, and explain how to choose which is best for your project. Using examples you can clone from github, we'll cover the pros and cons of both SSGs, discuss things that neither does well, and give you a better idea of how to get your site up and running (with an open source tool!).


This talk will compare and contrast two popular static site generators, Jekyll and Pelican. I’ll cover what makes a good static site generator, and why you might want to use one in the first place. Then I will go over some cool and unique features of both Jekyll and Pelican, with examples and demonstrations from sites I’ve made. Next I’ll discuss what both do well, and what neither does well. Finally, I’ll present some alternatives to Jekyll and Pelican, with final thoughts on how to choose the right static site generator for you.


websites, tools, techniques, HTML/CSS

Speaking experience

I've spoken at three Barcamps (two OSU Beaver Barcamps, and one PSU CAT Barcamp), as well as SeaGL. All talks were on web-related technologies such as Sass, HTML/CSS, and Flask. I also run a program called DevOps BootCamp (http://devopbootcamp.osuosl.org), which involves a 2 hour presentation and activity each week on topics from Git and Github to Web Applications to Networking. You can see my SeaGL talk at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YFv8ErLtYE . I have not given this specific talk before, but plan to give it at Beaver Barcamp this coming April, so will have given it before attending OSBridge.