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Alternatives to GraphCMS

Contentful, Netlify CMS, Strapi, WordPress, and Prisma are the most popular alternatives and competitors to GraphCMS.
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What is GraphCMS and what are its top alternatives?

GraphCMS is a GraphQL Based Headless Content Management System. It lets you build a hosted GraphQL backend for your applications and gives you all the tools you need to manage your content.
GraphCMS is a tool in the Cloud Content Management System category of a tech stack.

Top Alternatives to GraphCMS

  • 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. ...

  • Netlify CMS
    Netlify CMS

    It is built as a single-page React app. You can create custom-styled previews, UI widgets, and editor plugins or add backends to support different Git platform APIs. ...

  • 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. ...

  • 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. ...

  • Prisma
    Prisma

    Prisma is an open-source database toolkit. It replaces traditional ORMs and makes database access easy with an auto-generated query builder for TypeScript & Node.js. ...

  • prismic.io
    prismic.io

    Prismic is a Content Management System, a tool for editing online content, also known as a headless CMS, an API CMS, a content platform, a disruptive content-as-a-service digital experience. ...

  • Sanity
    Sanity

    Sanity is a headless, real-time CMS where the editor is an open source React-based construction kit and the backend is a graph-oriented cloud datastore with a globally distributed CDN. ...

  • 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. ...

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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
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    Super simple to integrate
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    Managed Service
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    Tag Manager like UI
CONS OF CONTENTFUL
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    No spell check
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    No repeater Field
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    Slow dashboard
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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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Hanna Rosenfeld

Hi,

for my last project, my client wanted a CMS to edit basically the entire webpage. I used Netlify CMS for this, but I ran into a lot of issues. I am not sure if CMSs are just hard in general.

What matters to me is pricing (ideally free forever) and that the CMS is easy to use and SIMPLE.

Is Storyblok better than NetlifyCMS? Or should I try Contentful?

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Netlify CMS

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PROS OF NETLIFY CMS
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Hanna Rosenfeld

Hi,

for my last project, my client wanted a CMS to edit basically the entire webpage. I used Netlify CMS for this, but I ran into a lot of issues. I am not sure if CMSs are just hard in general.

What matters to me is pricing (ideally free forever) and that the CMS is easy to use and SIMPLE.

Is Storyblok better than NetlifyCMS? Or should I try Contentful?

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Jan Vlnas
Developer Advocate at Superface · | 4 upvotes · 8.4K views

Depends on what options and technologies you have available, and how do you deploy your website.

There are CMSs which update existing static pages through FTP: You provide access credentials, mark editable parts of your HTML in a markup, and then edit the content through the hosted CMS. I know two systems which work like that: Cushy CMS and Surreal CMS.

If the source of your site is versioned through Git (and hosted on GitHub), you have other options, like Netlify CMS, Spinal CMS, Siteleaf, Forestry, or CloudCannon. Some of these also need you to use static site generator (like 11ty, Jekyll, or Hugo).

If you have some server-side scripting support available (typically PHP) you can also consider some flat-file based, server-side systems, like Kirby CMS or Lektor, which are usually simpler to retrofit into an existing template than “traditional” CMSs (WordPress, Drupal).

Finally, you could also use a desktop-based static site generator which provides a user-friendly GUI, and then locally generates and uploads the website. For example Publii, YouDoCMS, Agit CMS.

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Strapi

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PROS OF STRAPI
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    Free
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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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    Real-time
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    Headless
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    Easy setup
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    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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    Media Library
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    Components
CONS OF STRAPI
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Hi Stackers, We are planning to build a product information portal that also provides useful articles and blogs. Application Frontend is going to be built on Next.js with Authentication and Product Database helped by Firebase. But for the Blog / Article we are debating between WordPress/GraphQL plug-in or Strapi.

Please share your thoughts.

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    Easy to manage
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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
  • 51
    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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    Great for all types of websites
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    Huge install and user base
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    Best
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    It's simple and easy to use by any novice
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    Perfect example of user collaboration
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    Open Source Community
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    Most websites make use of it
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    I like it like I like a kick in the groin
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    Community
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    API-based CMS
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    Easy To use
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    Plugins are of mixed quality
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    Hard to keep up-to-date if you customize things
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    Not best backend UI
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    Complex Organization
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PROS OF PRISMA
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    Open Source
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    Auto-generated query builder
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    Supports multible database systems
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    Increases confidence during development
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    Productive application development
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    Built specifically for Postgres and TypeScript
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    Supports multible RDBMSs
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    Robust migrations system
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    Doesn't support downward/back migrations
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    Doesn't support JSONB
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    Do not support JSONB
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    Mutation of JSON is really confusing
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    Do not support JSONB
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prismic.io

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Keep your content in a content repository that you can query via its simple REST API
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PROS OF PRISMIC.IO
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    Nice writing room
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    Very Good UX
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    Friendly Pricing
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    Nice UI and clean
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    Works with GraphQL with Gatsby
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    Releases - Scheduling content to go live
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    Integration Field
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    Slices - Reusable components
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    Page "slices" very useful
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PROS OF SANITY
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    Realtime
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    Powerful read + write API
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    Customizable
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    Schema as a code
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    API-based cms
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    Lightweight & pluggable Content studio
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    Easy setup, endless flexibility
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    Much better than WordPress
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    Images API
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    Works with GraphQL with Gatsby
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    PROS OF COCKPIT
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