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What is Netlify CMS?

Netlify CMS is an open source Git-based CMS for static site generators. it runs 100% in a browser.

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What is Netlify CMS?

Netlify CMS is an open source Git-based CMS for static site generators. it runs 100% in a browser.

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What is Netlify CMS?

Netlify CMS is an open source content management system for a Git workflow that can be used with any static site generator to create faster, more flexible web projects. Content is stored in a Git repository alongside code for easier versioning, multi-channel publishing, and the option to handle content updates directly in Git.

At its core, Netlify CMS is an open-source React app that acts as a wrapper for the Git workflow, using the GitHub, GitLab, or Bitbucket API.

It features:
  • Static + content management - Speed, security, and scalability of a static site, while still aiming to provide a convenient editing interface for content.
  • An integrated part of the Git workflow - Content is stored in a Git repository alongside code for easier versioning, multi-channel publishing, and the option to handle content updates directly in Git.
  • An extensible CMS built on React - Netlify CMS is built as a single-page React app. Create custom-styled previews, UI widgets, and editor plugins or add backends to support different Git platform APIs.

The web-based app includes rich-text editing, real-time preview, and drag-and-drop media uploads. Writers and editors can manage content from draft to review to publish across any number of custom content types. With Git Gateway, the user can add CMS access for any team member — even if they don’t have a GitHub account.

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Netlify CMS Technical Details

Deployment TypesSoftware as a Service (SaaS), Cloud, or Web-Based
Operating SystemsUnspecified
Mobile ApplicationNo
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Netlify CMS has earned praise from users for its versatility and time-saving capabilities. Users have found the software useful in a variety of aspects, such as allowing customers to modify their websites easily and efficiently, ultimately saving time and effort. The elegant user interface enhances usability and makes it more suitable for various tasks. Additionally, the server features of Netlify CMS have been highly attractive to users, contributing to a positive user experience.

Another aspect that users have appreciated is the integration with GitHub, which has reduced the overall cost of the software and made it a profitable purchase. By combining Netlify CMS with website builders, users have been able to embark on more versatile and speedier online initiatives. Moreover, the lightning-fast speed of the software enables users to complete tasks in record time. The simple user interface offers a wide range of options, further enhancing usability for different user needs.

Users have also had positive experiences hosting their personal websites on Netlify and managing them using Netlify DNS. The platform's ability to unite various systems into a single and simple workflow has enabled the creation of high-performance sites and apps. The efficient and up-to-date features of Netlify CMS contribute to an amazing web experience.

One major use case for Netlify CMS is providing a free, serverless CMS service for blogs and landing pages. Users find it convenient to implement all the workflows of a blog using Netlify CMS with GitHub as the backend. Moreover, the software is useful for setting up quick landing pages that can be used by marketing teams.

A significant advantage of using Netlify CMS is its capability to decouple content and front end, resulting in a better developer experience and increased security. Users have reported saving time by allowing clients to edit their own sites using Netlify CMS. Furthermore, the software serves as a low-cost solution for managing website content, especially for non-tech-savvy users who need a WYSIWYG editor with basic features.

Netlify CMS offers a customized schema for content storage, providing users with more control over infrastructure and data access. Additionally, being a free and open-source implementation makes the software accessible to a wide range of users.

Helpful and efficient: Many users have found the software to be helpful in quickly and efficiently constructing websites. They appreciate its ability to control the time pace and complete projects on time, making it a valuable tool for content management with a variety of website styles.

Flexible editing platform: The software's flexibility in adapting to fixed sites has been appreciated by several users. They find it convenient for editing their content, providing them with a seamless experience.

Custom-styled previews: Several users have mentioned that they value Netlify CMS as a single-page react app that allows them to create custom-styled previews. This feature has proven useful for their web projects, giving them more control over the visual representation of their work.

  1. Performance Issues: Several users have reported encountering multiple server faults, leading to a slow and unreliable performance with the program. This can be frustrating for customers who rely on the software for their daily tasks.

  2. Limited Support for Large Organizations: The application lacks robust support for managing large organizations or handling a significant number of files. This limitation can hinder customers dealing with extensive data, requiring them to seek alternative solutions.

  3. Steep Learning Curve: Users unfamiliar with npm, JS, or static site producers may struggle to understand the documentation provided for the program. This learning curve can make it challenging for them to effectively utilize its features and fully benefit from using the software.


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Mani Kumar Reddy Kancharla | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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When there is a very low-cost solution needed for managing content on the website and the users are not really tech savvy, but they have a need for a WYSIWYG editor with some basic features. Many other solutions might exist for this problem but you might also need a customized schema for the content being stored and more control over infrastructure and access to data, and also a free and open-source implementation.
  • Storing content data in customized schema without a database
  • Full control over your content and infrastructure where it is deployed and stored
  • Very low-cost way for building your own CMS and CDN
  • Linking between different schema types, i.e. having some relations between content
  • Better ways to define content schema, like how TinaCMS would handle using a JSON
Netlify CMS is well suited when you have very less frequent updates to your content, maybe once a day and very few people need to access your data. You can connect it to Netlify, GitHub, or any platform and have multiple people access it and do as many updates as you wish, but the process is not well-defined and you need to build your own system for that. It is well suited for projects you need to pull off with very low cost, it is essentially free as the software is open source and free to use, and all you need to do is set up your schema correctly and find a deployment pipeline where you can build your static site/API to redeploy whenever the content changes. I personally used a GitHub Login -> Netlify CMS -> next app consumer of content -> GitHub pipelines to run next SSG -> GitHub Pages to deploy the built static site. It might not be appropriate for large teams where users themselves need no-code tools to modify the schema of the content.
Web Content Creation (7)
WYSIWYG editor
Code quality / cleanliness
Admin section
Page templates
Library of website themes
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Publishing workflow
Web Content Management (3)
Content taxonomy
Availability / breadth of extensions
Community / comment management
Platform & Infrastructure (1)
CMS programming language or framework
  • Helped us inject dynamic content into existing site very quickly
  • Wasted a lot of time to implement when something complex, such as querying content, was needed
We really can't compare it to full-fledged CMS software, like WordPress, which has a lot of community and support with widgets, plugins, and whatnot. It's not built for that, but you can compare it to Contentful, Ghost, Strapi, etc., which provide similar functionality to a headless CMS with custom schema options, but even among them, it still lacks a lot of functionality, ease of use, and support. But Netlify CMS pros would be of the opinion that compared to other platforms where most schemas need to use their own tools and frameworks, it's very cost-effective. Something new called TinaCMS has come up to compete with Netlify CMS by covering most of its shortcomings, but it's something new being built by the same team that built Forestry CMS and comes with many modern features, yet currently only supports NextJS SSG.
React, Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service), Docker
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