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Nikola is FAST.

A fast-load­ing site is a good thing. Your site's speed mat­ter­s. Which is why cre­at­ing fast sites is one of Niko­la's de­sign goals.

Sure, it's not meant to cre­ate e-­com­merce sites, but if you are do­ing just a sim­ple cor­po­rate site, or a per­son­al blog, why would you not make it as fast as pos­si­ble any­way?

So, here's one da­ta point, from Kay Hayen

Guess when Kay switched to Niko­la.

But you don't have to just be­lieve that graph. Here's Ya­hoo's YS­low re­port on this blog, which is host­ed in a $5 VPS (as are oth­er sites, BTW. The same VP­S. As is a bunch of ser­vices. And my Quas­sel core)

It scores 94 on that test. That's 94 out of 100 pos­si­ble points in the "S­mall Site or Blog" rule­set.

How much serv­er tun­ing was need­ed? I added one line to the Apache con­fig:

AddOutputFilterByType DEFLATE text/html text/plain text/xml text/css

That makes it com­press those files be­fore send­ing it to the us­er and im­proved the third item from F to A.

So, when I say Niko­la makes your site fast, don't take my word for it, just check it out.

drakeguan / 2012-06-19 07:54:

Really promising. I also like to know the key difference (or major points to do a selection) between Nikola and Hyde, both are python based static site generator.

Roberto Alsina / 2012-06-19 10:39:

I am not a big believer in comparisons of "competing products" written by those who are invested in one of them.

If anyone more neutral wants to do a comparison, I am happy to share it, host it, and spread it around, even if the conclusion is "Hyde rules!".

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