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Netlify vs Surge: What are the differences?

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.

What is Surge? Static web publishing for Front-End Developers. Surge makes it easy for developers to deploy projects to a production-quality CDN through Grunt, Gulp, npm.

Netlify and Surge belong to "Static Web Hosting" category of the tech stack.

"Fastest static hosting and continuous deployments" is the top reason why over 25 developers like Netlify, while over 8 developers mention "Free plan" as the leading cause for choosing Surge.

Ratio, MailTape, and Flat are some of the popular companies that use Netlify, whereas Surge is used by Chattermill, Synapze, and Unsplash. Netlify has a broader approval, being mentioned in 85 company stacks & 104 developers stacks; compared to Surge, which is listed in 9 company stacks and 13 developer stacks.

Decisions about Netlify and Surge
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 Netlify
Pros of Surge
  • 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
  • 16
    Free plan
  • 12
    Simple
  • 11
    Free custom domain support
  • 10
    Deployment via command line
  • 3
    Smart about urls
  • 2
    Fast
  • 1
    Automatic urls based on filenames
  • 1
    404 status page based on 404.html
  • 1
    Free ssl

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Cons of Netlify
Cons of Surge
  • 8
    It's expensive
  • 1
    Bandwidth limitation
  • 1
    No free redirects

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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.

What is Surge?

Surge makes it easy for developers to deploy projects to a production-quality CDN through Grunt, Gulp, npm.

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    What are some alternatives to Netlify and Surge?
    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.
    GitHub Pages
    Public webpages hosted directly from your GitHub repository. Just edit, push, and your changes are live.
    CloudFlare
    Cloudflare speeds up and protects millions of websites, APIs, SaaS services, and other properties connected to the Internet.
    Firebase
    Firebase is a cloud service designed to power real-time, collaborative applications. Simply add the Firebase library to your application to gain access to a shared data structure; any changes you make to that data are automatically synchronized with the Firebase cloud and with other clients within milliseconds.
    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.
    See all alternatives