GitHub Pages vs Netlify

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GitHub Pages vs Netlify: What are the differences?

What is GitHub Pages? Public webpages freely hosted and easily published. Public webpages hosted directly from your GitHub repository. Just edit, push, and your changes are live.

What is Netlify? Build, deploy and host your static site or app with a drag and drop interface and automatic delpoys from GitHub or Bitbucket. Netlify is smart enough to process your site and make sure all assets gets optimized and served with perfect caching-headers from a cookie-less domain. We make sure your HTML is served straight from our CDN edge nodes without any round-trip to our backend servers and are the only ones to give you instant cache invalidation when you push a new deploy. Netlify is also the only static hosting service with integrated continuous deployment.

GitHub Pages and Netlify can be primarily classified as "Static Web Hosting" tools.

Some of the features offered by GitHub Pages are:

  • Blogging with Jekyll
  • Custom URLs
  • Automatic Page Generator

On the other hand, Netlify provides the following key features:

  • Global Network
  • Global Network
  • Instant Cache Validation

"Free" is the top reason why over 283 developers like GitHub Pages, while over 25 developers mention "Fastest static hosting and continuous deployments" as the leading cause for choosing Netlify.

Lyft, CircleCI, and Bukalapak are some of the popular companies that use GitHub Pages, whereas Netlify is used by Startae, Ratio, and Flat. GitHub Pages has a broader approval, being mentioned in 576 company stacks & 682 developers stacks; compared to Netlify, which is listed in 85 company stacks and 104 developer stacks.

Decisions about GitHub Pages and Netlify
Howie Zhao
Full Stack Engineer at yintrust · | 7 upvotes · 175.8K views

We use Netlify to host static websites.

The reasons for choosing Netlify over GitHub Pages are as follows:

  • Netfily can bind multiple domain names, while GitHub Pages can only bind one domain name
  • With Netfily, the original repository can be private, while GitHub Pages free tier requires the original repository to be public

In addition, in order to use CDN, we use Netlify DNS.

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