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As a developer, I’ve long been searching for a tool that balances speed, simplicity, and flexibility. While many content management systems promise to deliver these qualities, few live up to the hype. However, I’ve found that Hugo, a static site generator, offers a solution that meets and exceeds my expectations.

Here are five reasons why I’ve chosen to use Hugo as my go-to static site generator:

  1. the speed at which Hugo generates websites is unparalleled. As opposed to CMS giants like WordPress, which depend on a dynamic database to generate each page, Hugo generates static HTML files that load quickly and efficiently. This means that Hugo websites are blazing fast, even when handling a large volume of content.

  2. Hugo’s simplicity is unmatched. Unlike WordPress, which requires a database and a complex installation process, Hugo is a standalone executable that can be run on any machine. With its no-frills approach, Hugo allows developers to focus solely on building their website rather than getting bogged down in technical details.

  3. Hugo is inherently more secure than WordPress. Because it generates static HTML files, there are fewer attack vectors for malicious actors to exploit. With WordPress, vulnerabilities can arise from plugins, themes, and the CMS itself, leaving sites open to attacks. However, with Hugo, developers can rest easy knowing that their site is less prone to security breaches.

  4. Hugo’s templating language is incredibly flexible, allowing developers to build highly customized websites with ease. Unlike WordPress, which often requires extensive customization to achieve a specific look or functionality, Hugo’s templates are modular and can be combined in a variety of ways to create unique designs and user experiences.

  5. Hugo is highly portable. Because it generates static HTML files, it can be deployed on any platform, without any specific hosting requirements. This makes it an excellent choice for developers who want to host their sites on a variety of platforms, or who want to deploy their sites locally for testing and development purposes.

In conclusion, Hugo offers a powerful, yet easy-to-use solution for building websites that prioritizes speed, simplicity, and security. As a developer, I highly recommend giving Hugo a try.

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Read more from my blog for an introduction and quick tips on developing in Hugo or UCTD.

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Damien Saunders
An experienced management consultant and business leader interested in digital transformation, product centred design and scaled agile. If I'm not writing about living with UCTD (an autoimmune disease), I'm probably listening to music, reading a book or learning more about wine.