Why you should consider using a static site generator to develop your next website

Static websites are cheaper and faster to develop than traditional websites and blogs. Static site generators allow you to easily develop static websites using the same tools used to develop dynamic websites. You should consider using this new modern web development tools whether you are going to develop a personal blog or your next company’s website with a product catalog.

Why static websites

  • Faster and cheaper to develop

  • Faster average page load time

  • Cheaper to host


Middleman is a static site generator for Ruby programmers. It is built on top of Sinatra and Rack, which means that you can easily transform your static website into a Sinatra powered web application.

With Middleman you can:

  • Code your website using your favorite template engines like ERB, HAML or Slim.

  • Organize your content using layouts, partials and helper methods. When you are finished, they will be compiled to static HTML.

  • No database. Use local YAML data as the main data source of your website. Don’t worrying about database-related performance and/or security issues feels pretty great.

  - name: Ruby T-shirt
    price: $ 10.00
      - White
      - Red
  - name: Middleman Pants
    price: $ 15.00
      - Blue
<% data.products.each do |product| %>
  <p><%= product.name %></p>
  <span><%= product.price %></span>
    <% product.colors.each do |color| %>
      <li><%= color %></li>
    <% end %>
<% end %>
  • Run $> middleman build command and all your Ruby code (including layouts, partials, method calls, dynamic pages, etc) will compile into static HTML pages.

  • Javascript and CSS packaging with Sprockets.

Awesome extensions

  • middleman-syntax syntax highlighter

  • middleman-sync: deploy your website to Amazon S3 with just one command.

Have a nice Middleman blogging!

If you or your company needs help developing a static website using Middleman I’m available for consulting work. negarnil@gmail.com.



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