Today we’ve added Hugo to our list of CMS’s available for automatic installation on any new website hosted on STORM.
Hugo bills itself as the most popular open-source static site generators, with amazing speed and flexibility. As one of STORM’s key features is website loading time, it made sense for us to include Hugo for customers looking for a fast alternative to WordPress.
On a brand-new STORM server, we tested a blank install of Hugo against a blank install of WordPress. WordPress loaded in 376 milliseconds, whilst Hugo loaded in 221 milliseconds. Although the difference is marginal, this gap will widen dramatically as WordPress third party plugins and themes are installed.
Hugo is written in Go (Golang) and is technically not a Content Management System (CMS) like WordPress, but a static file generator instead. Typically, most CMS’s, like WordPress, will dynamically load each page each time it’s visited which can take some time depending on the complexity. With Hugo, each page is statically written to the hard disk of the server which is much faster to load than running PHP and database queries.
According to Builtwith, over the past year, there is a huge rise in web sites using the Hugo framework. Due to the performance improvements over other CMS’s. we expect this to increase even further over the next few years.