Static websites are safer, faster, and cheaper than dynamic websites. And with the growing number of static site generators available, you can get the best of both worlds: dynamic templates rendered locally but pre-built and served as flat, static files in production.

A growing ecosystem of static website services helps mimic most of the features of a dynamic website, most notably accepting user input and—WordPress’s killer feature—an admin/CMS for non-developers.

Below is a curated list of services to help you launch a robust static website.

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Static Site Generators

  • Jekyll - Ruby-powered, popular, many plug-ins.
  • Hugo - Go-powered, fast.
  • Pelican - Python-powered.
  • Gatsby - ReactJS-powered.
  • Cactus - Python and Django-powered.
  • Lektor - Python, file-based, CMS.

Static Hosting

Static CMS

Comments

Live Messaging

  • Drift - An AI-powered messaging app.
  • Intercom - Customer messaging app.
  • Olark - Live messaging app.

Newsletters

Analytics

Forms and Surveys

Maps

Payments

  • SnipCart - HTML/Javascript powered shopping cart.
  • FlatMarket - Free, open source e-commerce platform for static websites.

User-Generated Content

  • StaticMan - Requires Jekyll + Github Pages but very powerful and cool.

See something that’s missing? Email me and I’ll add it to the list.