Jeykll is really great at this. Middleman is a more complete solution. It will allow you to use partials and templates at compile time and outputs HTML. You can also get plugins to deploy to Github pages for hosting.
Both of those are in Ruby, which you don’t really use except for running the compiler.
If you don’t need templates (header, footer, partials) then you can just use the HTML5 Boilerplate
Brunch, the build tool phoenix chose to use, comes with an huge number of skeleton templates for every stack combination under the sun. If you merely want to kick the tires of various frameworks that might be an easy entry point for you.
Just wondering what you would consider easier. I think meteor is the simplest development tool I’ve used in a long time. The one thing that I would improve is the docs though. Coming from Laravel, you really appreciate extraordinary documentation. It’s not that meteor docs are bad either, they just aren’t extra ordinary. I also think part of it is that it is not very opinionated which makes it hard to choose which direction one should choose to complete a task.
With Meteor it is easy to create small app from zero, but if you are porting existing UIs it’s really painful.
I consider easy if I don’t need to worry about correct loading order, untriggered reactivity, jquery fucking up the DOM. So the plain good old ways.
@skinnygeek1010 I prefer tools built with JS, so I can read the source. Doing it with meteor really improved my programming skills (I think), with all the times I thought “ohhhhh so that’s how you do it…” reading the backend.
Volt is more of a batteries included kind of framework with built in router, testing, code splitting and such. Meteor is far more complete, no question; yet for a guided easy to get going framework it’s good. The original poster wanted an easy alternative so it came to mind. It would take too long discuss the ins and outs but maybe given it another look, it’s grown up a bit and will have nice SQL support soon – pretty good for web app prototypes.
If you don’t absolutely need reactivity provided by Meteor, why don’t you try to build it from scratch using node? Almost everything runs on Fiber in Meteor, but such is not the case in most of the node.js world.
I think building your app from scratch will give you an opportunity to do exactly what you want-doing things in another fashion-.