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Jekyll vs JoyBird

Jekyll is one of the most popular static site generators today.

Many bloggers enjoy using it to build static sites, which are lightning fast and require minimal hosting resources.

But Jekyll requires technical skills which you may not have, if you aren't a developer. Can you configure Ruby, install gems, and deploy to Github?

If not - take a look at JoyBird.

We combine the best of Jekyll and other Content Management Systems - all sites are generated as static sites, plus you can use a fully hosted dashboard to publish your content.


Transform your plain text into static websites and blogs.


The modern, user-friendly website builder, with hosting included.


Can use custom domain. With "Powered by JoyBird" branding.
$9 / month
Can use custom domain. Unlimited pages, users, and traffic.
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Estimated Costs

  • (Optional) No design templates are available, so you may spend $1,000 - $5,000 for a custom design theme.
  • $50 - $100 a year for basic web hosting.
  • (Optional) We design custom themes for $500.
  • $0 for plugins, all functionality is included by default.
  • Free plan available, $99 a year for Pro plan hosting.


  • Requires programming skills to install Ruby, configure gems, and publish to a web host.
  • Extremely easy to get started, no installation required.

Design Themes

Managing Your Website

  • No admin dashboard. Manually update your website's pages and publish to your web host.
  • Admin dashboard to create, edit, and delete all website pages.

Website Performance

  • Unlimited number of pages. Number of users or traffic which can be supported depends on the hosting you purchase separately.
  • Generates static sites, which can be hosted very cheaply (< $10 per month).
  • Unlimited number of pages, users, and traffic. Served from a global CDN for fast page loading.
  • All websites are generated as static sites, meaning page loading times remain lightning-fast even as your website traffic increases.

Ongoing Maintenance

  • (Optional) Upgrades are released 1-2 times a year. Users can choose to upgrade themselves or continue using outdated versions.
  • Backups not included.
  • Uptime monitoring not included.
  • As an open source project, no support is available.
  • Users do not need to perform any upgrades or security monitoring as these are all handled automatically.
  • Nightly backups included in all plans.
  • Uptime monitoring every 30 seconds included in all plans.
  • Customer Support available via live chat in all plans.

Try JoyBird today for worry-free websites.

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