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Heroku vs Netlify: What are the differences?

What is Heroku? Build, deliver, monitor and scale web apps and APIs with a trail blazing developer experience. Heroku is a cloud application platform – a new way of building and deploying web apps. Heroku lets app developers spend 100% of their time on their application code, not managing servers, deployment, ongoing operations, or scaling.

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.

Heroku can be classified as a tool in the "Platform as a Service" category, while Netlify is grouped under "Static Web Hosting".

Some of the features offered by Heroku are:

  • Agile deployment for Ruby, Node.js, Clojure, Java, Python, Go and Scala.
  • Run and scale any type of app.
  • Total visibility across your entire app.

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

  • Global Network
  • Global Network
  • Instant Cache Validation

"Easy deployment" is the primary reason why developers consider Heroku over the competitors, whereas "Fastest static hosting and continuous deployments" was stated as the key factor in picking Netlify.

StackShare, Heroku, and Product Hunt are some of the popular companies that use Heroku, whereas Netlify is used by Startae, Ratio, and Flat. Heroku has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1504 company stacks & 964 developers stacks; compared to Netlify, which is listed in 85 company stacks and 104 developer stacks.

Decisions about Heroku and Netlify
Michael R.
Full-Stack Web Developer at STHCoders · | 13 upvotes · 13.2K views

When it came time to deploy our latest full-stack application, my team and I made the decision to use the Heroku platform for the first time. After conducting significant research and consulting with several senior developers in the industry, we concluded that Heroku would provide the best support for our application, which was built with MongoDB and Express on the back end and React on the front end.

Granted, Netlify definitely provides a better platform for applications that are primarily front-end, but Heroku has proved to be a strong contender as well. The deployment went quite smoothly, all things considered. The installation of the Heroku command line, while a bit intimidating at first glance, actually proved very beneficial for controlling builds, adding plugins, and managing the deployment process.

I have no regrets over the choice to use Heroku; in fact, I would go so far as to recommend the platform for supporting any small to medium full-stack application you may be working on. If nothing else, the documentation provided by Heroku is far superior to that of many similar platforms, and that alone can be a lifesaver in the event of a snag during deployment.

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Howie Zhao
Full Stack Engineer at yintrust · | 7 upvotes · 121.9K 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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Pros of Heroku
Pros of Netlify
  • 704
    Easy deployment
  • 460
    Free for side projects
  • 374
    Huge time-saver
  • 348
    Simple scaling
  • 261
    Low devops skills required
  • 190
    Easy setup
  • 174
    Add-ons for almost everything
  • 154
    Beginner friendly
  • 150
    Better for startups
  • 133
    Low learning curve
  • 48
    Postgres hosting
  • 41
    Easy to add collaborators
  • 30
    Faster development
  • 24
    Awesome documentation
  • 19
    Focus on product, not deployment
  • 19
    Simple rollback
  • 15
    Natural companion for rails development
  • 15
    Easy integration
  • 12
    Great customer support
  • 8
    GitHub integration
  • 6
    No-ops
  • 6
    Painless & well documented
  • 4
    Free
  • 4
    I love that they make it free to launch a side project
  • 3
    Just works
  • 3
    Great UI
  • 2
    PostgreSQL forking and following
  • 2
    MySQL extension
  • 1
    Able to host stuff good like Discord Bot
  • 0
    Sec
  • 0
    Security
  • 43
    Easy deploy
  • 41
    Fastest static hosting and continuous deployments
  • 21
    Free SSL support
  • 21
    Super simple deploys
  • 15
    Easy Setup and Continous deployments
  • 9
    Free plan for personal websites
  • 9
    Faster than any other option in the market
  • 7
    Deploy previews
  • 6
    Free Open Source (Pro) plan
  • 4
    Easy to use and great support
  • 4
    Analytics
  • 4
    Great loop-in material on a blog
  • 3
    Great drag and drop functionality
  • 3
    Fastest static hosting and continuous deployments
  • 2
    Custom domains support
  • 1
    Canary Releases (Split Tests)
  • 1
    Tech oriented support
  • 1
    Supports static site generators

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Cons of Heroku
Cons of Netlify
  • 23
    Super expensive
  • 6
    Not a whole lot of flexibility
  • 5
    No usable MySQL option
  • 5
    Storage
  • 4
    Low performance on free tier
  • 1
    24/7 support is $1,000 per month
  • 8
    It's expensive
  • 1
    Bandwidth limitation

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What is Heroku?

Heroku is a cloud application platform – a new way of building and deploying web apps. Heroku lets app developers spend 100% of their time on their application code, not managing servers, deployment, ongoing operations, or scaling.

What is Netlify?

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.

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