Need for a FOSS static website builder

Hi Everyone.
I am looking for a FOSS static website builder using html and php.
I just want to put some pictures up and make a few simple statements. Very simple and clean.
I can access my server via ftp but I have no access to the command line or something like that.
Please recommend the most simple solution that looks decent.


I propose the Publii project
Greetings from Brussels,


Great. Works perfectly once I had figured out how to use set up the ftp such that the data is stored in the right location.
Many thanks.

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we are using hugo for pretty much everything now.

librearts, digikam, siril. all hugo. the stuff that isnt hugo yet we will port

and when ever someone ask @patdavid and @paperdigits what to use … the answer is also hugo.


Use hugo


I’m only tangentially familiar with Jekyll from using GitHub Pages.

How’s Hugo compare?

it is like jekyll but fast


It looked to me as if I needed command line access (to install the needful stuff) which I do not have.

build locally. upload to any server you want.

not to mention with gitlab/github/cloudflare pages you get building and hosting in one.

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Hmm. Sounds good …

Yep. That’s the set up I use.

eleventy is popular, no php but you can use all kinds of templates

I concur. Have been using it for a few years, just a joy to use!

if you want to see my first idea (using publii, I wasnt able to quickly and fully understand hugos structure):

I need help with the author description. <p?> xxx <p?> keeps showing.

I like Zola, but static site generators are really common thanks to jamstack, so I’m sure you can find something that fits your preferences.

For those looking for a simple PHP static site generator without relying on a big framework and which deploys to GitHub Pages by default with an integrated pipeline, you can give a try to my SSG: GitHub - atas/ssg: Simple PHP Static Site Generator for GitHub Pages
Hope it becomes helpful.


Hi, @ata, and welcome to the forum!

Very nice. Already stared the project page and now following you on GitHub. :blush:

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Jumping in here.

I want to create a one page site for posting on a subdomain for a personal project of posting some images and text in between. The desire is for the thing to just scroll down like it’s a long page.

I’m COMPLETELY markdown/html/css ignorant. Seriously.

I’ve played with getpublii and it’s way more than I need. The free templates are way more complex than I need and looking at the backend stuff, there isn’t a prayer in the world of me getting that tweaked to suite my purposes.

I’ve looked at the other options suggested here, which are text driven. Again this is a huge impediment as indicated I’m simply not knowledgeable.

Any suggestions on a WYSIWYG tool to do this? FOSS of course… :wink:

Thank you!


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Bluefish perhaps?

Yes, sorry.