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Alternatives to Directus

Contentful, Strapi, Cockpit, Grav, and Ghost are the most popular alternatives and competitors to Directus.
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What is Directus and what are its top alternatives?

Let's say you're planning on managing content for a website, native app, and widget. Instead of using a CMS that's baked into the website client, it makes more sense to decouple your content entirely and access it through an API or SDK. That's a headless CMS. That's Directus.
Directus is a tool in the Self-Hosted Blogging / CMS category of a tech stack.
Directus is an open source tool with 26.2K GitHub stars and 3.6K GitHub forks. Here’s a link to Directus's open source repository on GitHub

Top Alternatives to Directus

  • Contentful
    Contentful

    With Contentful, you can bring your content anywhere using our APIs, completely customize your content structure all while using your preferred programming languages and frameworks. ...

  • Strapi
    Strapi

    Strapi is100% JavaScript, extensible, and fully customizable. It enables developers to build projects faster by providing a customizable API out of the box and giving them the freedom to use the their favorite tools. ...

  • Cockpit
    Cockpit

    An API-driven CMS without forcing you to make compromises in how you implement your site. The CMS for developers. Manage content like collections, regions, forms and galleries which you can reuse anywhere on your website. ...

  • Grav
    Grav

    It is a free, open-source and self-hosted content management system (CMS) based on the PHP programming language and Symfony web application framework. It uses a flat file database for both backend and frontend. It is more widely used, and growing at a faster rate, than other leading flat-file CMS competitors. ...

  • Ghost
    Ghost

    Ghost is a platform dedicated to one thing: Publishing. It's beautifully designed, completely customisable and completely Open Source. Ghost allows you to write and publish your own blog, giving you the tools to make it easy and even fun to do. ...

  • WordPress
    WordPress

    The core software is built by hundreds of community volunteers, and when you’re ready for more there are thousands of plugins and themes available to transform your site into almost anything you can imagine. Over 60 million people have chosen WordPress to power the place on the web they call “home” — we’d love you to join the family. ...

  • Drupal
    Drupal

    Drupal is an open source content management platform powering millions of websites and applications. It’s built, used, and supported by an active and diverse community of people around the world. ...

  • JavaScript
    JavaScript

    JavaScript is most known as the scripting language for Web pages, but used in many non-browser environments as well such as node.js or Apache CouchDB. It is a prototype-based, multi-paradigm scripting language that is dynamic,and supports object-oriented, imperative, and functional programming styles. ...

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Contentful

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Contentful is a cloud-based API-first content platform
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PROS OF CONTENTFUL
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    API-based cms
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    Much better than WordPress
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    Simple and customizable
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    Images API
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    Free for small projects
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    Extensible dashboard UI
  • 1
    Super simple to integrate
  • 1
    Managed Service
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    Tag Manager like UI
CONS OF CONTENTFUL
  • 5
    No spell check
  • 5
    No repeater Field
  • 4
    No free plan
  • 3
    Slow dashboard
  • 2
    Enterprise targeted
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    Pricey
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    Limited content types
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    Not scalable
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    No GraphQL API

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Hi, I went through a comprehensive analysis - of headless/api content management systems - essentially to store content "bits" and publish them where needed (website, 3rd party sites, social media, etc.). I had considered many other solutions but ultimately chose Directus. I believe that was a good choice.

I had strongly considered Contentful, Strapi, Sanity, and hygraph. Hygraph came in #2 and contentful #3.

Ultimately I liked directus for:

(1) time in business

(2) open source

(3) integration with n8n and Pipedream

(4) pricing

(5) extensibility

Thoughts? Was this a good choice? We have many WordPress sites we're not (at least now) looking to replace with Directus, but instead to push to.

I'd love some feedback.

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Strapi

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PROS OF STRAPI
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    Open source
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    Self-hostable
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    Rapid development
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    API-based cms
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    Headless
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    Real-time
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    Easy setup
  • 13
    Large community
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    JSON
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    GraphQL
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    Social Auth
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    Internationalization
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    Components
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    Media Library
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    Raspberry pi
CONS OF STRAPI
  • 9
    Can be limiting
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    Internationalisation
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    A bit buggy
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Please share your thoughts.

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Hi, I went through a comprehensive analysis - of headless/api content management systems - essentially to store content "bits" and publish them where needed (website, 3rd party sites, social media, etc.). I had considered many other solutions but ultimately chose Directus. I believe that was a good choice.

I had strongly considered Contentful, Strapi, Sanity, and hygraph. Hygraph came in #2 and contentful #3.

Ultimately I liked directus for:

(1) time in business

(2) open source

(3) integration with n8n and Pipedream

(4) pricing

(5) extensibility

Thoughts? Was this a good choice? We have many WordPress sites we're not (at least now) looking to replace with Directus, but instead to push to.

I'd love some feedback.

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Cockpit logo

Cockpit

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Add content management functionality to any site - plug & play CMS
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PROS OF COCKPIT
  • 3
    Flexible and plays nicely with any frontend
  • 3
    Easy for Content Managers to understand and use
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    Open Source
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    Fast & lightweight
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    Modular
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    GraphQL
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    Self hosted
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    Grav

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    A modern open source flat-file CMS
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    PROS OF GRAV
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      Easy to Update
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      No Databases
    • 2
      Fast Performance
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      Extensive Plugins
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      Strong Security
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      Full Control over customisation + functionality
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      Ligth storage use
    CONS OF GRAV
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      Not easily to intergrate as an eCommerce (yet)

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    Just a blogging platform
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    PROS OF GHOST
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      Beautiful
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      Fast
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      Quick/simple post styling
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      Live Post Preview
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      Open source
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      Non-profit
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      Seamless writing
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      Node.js
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      Fast and Performatic
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      Javascript
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      Simplest
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        Plugins & themes
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        Non-tech colleagues can update website content
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        Really powerful
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        Rapid website development
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        Best documentation
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        Codex
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        Product feature set
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        Custom/internal social network
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        Open source
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        Huge install and user base
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        Most websites make use of it
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        It's simple and easy to use by any novice
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        Plugins are of mixed quality
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      A White
      Front End Web Dev at Burnt Design · | 21 upvotes · 66.1K views

      Below is my own professional history to give some context to my current skill set. I have been a front-end dev for 18 years. My tools of choice are:

      • HTML5
      • CSS 3
      • JavaScript
      • WordPress
      • PHP (but not my strongest skill as I don't write it too often)

      I first of all would like to become a better and more 'full stack' developer, and I have a business idea that will hopefully allow me to move in this direction. The queries I have will result in which approach I take here. One of the most important aspects to me is the system being 'future proof'. If successful I know I will eventually bring additional developers on board, and they will likely be better developers than me! I want to avoid them having to rebuild the system and would like it to be something that they can just expand and improve on.

      The business which I'd like to create is the following (in a nutshell), I have ideas for many more features, but this is how I'd like to begin:

      Web-based system for gym management & marketing. Specifically a class-based gym

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      9. Book a free trial form on the website linked directly to the booking system

      Important requirements

      1. One system, one dashboard. I would like the gym owner to have one place to control everything. Members, marketing, and website amendments.
      2. Future proof. These features are the bare minimum and I'd like to keep expanding on the features as time goes on. Things like uploading programming for members, messaging between members and admin, and selling merchandise via the website.
      3. Fast to load & secure. I live in the WordPress world right now, which isn't the fastest or most secure environment. I appreciate there are better ways to develop a system like this, but I'm a little clueless about where to start.
      4. Mobile. The data created should easily communicate with a mobile app that customers will download to manage their memberships and class bookings.

      TIA to anybody that can provide some guidance on where to start here.

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        Its everywhere
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        JavaScript is the New PHP
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        Expansive community
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        Everyone use it
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        Horribly inconsistent
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        Javascript is the New PHP
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