Just over two months ago, we announced Stackbit Studio, the live editing experience for the Jamstack. Since then, we've been hard at work adding support for more static site generators and CMS options.

Today, we're excited to show you how to pair it with Jekyll and Hugo.

Meet our friends: Jekyll and Hugo

Jekyll is considered the first of a new crop of static site generators that led to the Jamstack movement. It was first released in 2008 and maintains a steady community to this day.

Younger but equally mighty is Hugo, a static site generator with a strong focus on build performance. It powers large-scale websites for the likes of Smashing Magazine, DigitalOcean and Kubernetes.

Jekyll and Hugo are built with different programming languages, use different templating engines and have different conventions for storing content, taxonomy and structured data. However, they share the same fundamental principle of storing content in files on disk, which are kept alongside the source code for the site.

This offers numerous benefits in terms of development and deployment, but editing these files is non-trivial, especially for less technical folks. This is where Stackbit Studio comes in.

Stackbit Studio offers a full-featured on-page editor that seamlessly integrates with the static site generator. It offers editors a user-friendly graphical interface for managing the content of the website, and Stackbit Studio will take care of updating the corresponding files under the hood and committing them to a version-controlled repository.

Why this is a big deal

At Stackbit, we're committed to integrate our product with the best tools in the Jamstack ecosystem. While the popularity of JavaScript-based options such as Gatsby and Next.js has been steadily increasing, that doesn't make them the right tool for every job.

Our goal is to give people the same experience and ease of setup for any combination of technologies, leaving it up to them to decide what feels right for each project.

Also, I think we – as tool creators – have a big responsibility towards people that are learning the ropes of web development. Being proficient in a JavaScript framework is a tremendous skill to possess, but it may not be the best or easiest entry path for some folks. Tools like Jekyll and Hugo are arguably simpler and closer to the metal, in the sense that their approach to markup, styling and logic are less removed from vanilla HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

We're excited to give people the ability to create a site, play with its source, and tear it apart – all with the help of a user-friendly interface that's always there to bridge any gaps in people's knowledge and understanding of the underlying tools.

Getting started

Well, that's easy. Jekyll fans can make their way to jamstack.new/jekyll. Fancy Hugo? Go to jamstack.new/hugo.

Happy building!