DocPad DocPad / tool / free

DocPad removes limitations and closes the gap between experts and beginners. Designers and developers can create websites faster than ever before.
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submitted about 3 years ago, by pineapple
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Sites built with DocPad (more than I was expecting):

pineapple, about 3 years ago


I think this is a typical example of a bad description: two sentences of almoss content-free PR-talk, after which the only thing I know that this tool is somehow related to building webpages - not very helpful.

Tgr, about 3 years ago


Well the entire site is PR-talk. I haven't used it myself to give details I suppose

pineapple, about 3 years ago


DocPad is a static website page generator desktop application (whew). Once installed, all the user has to do is to design the templates for their content, upload the newly baked page to their web host and bam, eye candy goodies.
What is amazing about DocPad is making page templates is very easy as compared to bigshot CMSs (Drupal, Joomla! and WordPress) which require an almost herculean learning curve to climb just template a simple page. Then in terms of simplicity, this means that the page is super light and not having as much overhead as are involved in the bigshot CMSs. DocPad and other similar static webpage generator desktop publishing applications will replace those top-heavy CMSs soon.
To use DocPad requires using node.js, npm, grunt and the command line as well as knowing just enough JSON to be deadly (this is needed to modify the package.json for grunt to create all the dependencies for the plugin apps you need to be a golly-gee-whiz ninja. This is meant to scare away (j/k) most newly baked web designers looking for a Dreamweaver clone.
But again, we have to look at our motives, why should I use a static site generator, when buying a fancy theme or template for our website is easier?
Consider this, then, static site generators can be adapted to use the many flavors of responsive CSS frameworks (inuit.css, Zurb Foundation 5, HTML5 Boilerplate, Bootstrap, etc, etc), this ease of adaptation means making brochureware sites just too easy especially when considering that many web surfers are using cell phones to view these types of sites. The bigshot CMSs are not very friendly to cell phones.

igmuska, almost 3 years ago

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