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Hygraph Vs. Contentful

Explore Hygraph as a Contentful alternative

#Why Hygraph is a better alternative to Contentful?

Hygraph is not only a popular choice for simple use cases, but is also flexible for more innovative cases; especially end-user facing digital products requiring user-generated content. Contentful, on then other hand, is only good at serving typical legacy cases, for example, marketing pages.

This is because Contentful has major limitations when it comes to GraphQL performance. For instance, Contentful offers a limit of 8 KB for GraphQL requests as compared to 2024 KB by Hygraph. There is no GraphQL mutations API or GraphQL management API, no management API permissions and it offers rigid limitations for GraphQL complexity. Other limitations of Contentful include the lack of reusable components, no integrated API explorer and no saved queries.

Lastly for enterprises, unlike Hygraph, Contentful offers no option to choose datacenter location, no audit logs, and less efficient cache invalidation.

#Challenges you are likely to face with Contentful

You are likely to face these challenges when using Contenful:

  • It will cause performance issues for large scale use cases because of rate limits. For instance, the GraphQL request size is 8 KB, which can’t be increased even on the enterprise plans.
  • To save time and ensure consistency, you would likely be using the same set of fields across multiple content models. Contentful offers no functionality to create such reusable components across models.
  • It’s hosted on Amazon’s AWS on the US East Coast. There are no other options to choose from and this is a challenge if you are looking to host in your own region.
  • It does not allow you to connect to any third-party API.
  • It does not offer a GraphQL mutations API. Changes to content would instead have to be made through the Content Management REST API.
  • It offers no audit logs at the moment.
  • It offers detailed permissions for content accessed through the UI. However, these permissions can’t be set based on field values (for eg., add a condition that a role can only access content where { "author": "John" }). Moreover, it lacks permission based tokens for content and management API.
  • Lacks depth when it comes to certain content management capabilities. For instance, you can’t edit the default asset model, perform batch editing, hide fields from the UI, publish separately for each locale, etc.

On the other hand, Hygraph offers the capabilities to solve all of these challenges.

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#API and core features



Cloud Hosted (SaaS)
Custom Regions
GraphQL Content API
GraphQL Management API
GraphQL Mutations
GraphQL Native
Public API
Public API Permissions
Management API Permissions
API Playground
Image Delivery and Transformation API
Front-End Agnostic
Migration Tools
Simple User Permissions
Granular User Permissions
On premises hosting / Self
Open Source
Permanent Auth Tokens
Global CDN
Advanced Cache Invalidation
Environment Management (Master, Sandbox, etc.)
Connect to a Third-Party REST API
Connect to a Third-Party GraphQL API

Learn more about Hygraph's core features.

#Content modelling

Schema Builder
Field Validations
Hide Fields from UI (API Only Fields)
Flexible Content Modelling
Localisation (i18n)
Required Fields
Saved Queries
Searchable Content
Sortable Relations
Unique Fields

#Editorial features and content management

Batch Overwrites
Batch Operations (Editing)
Batch Operations (Publish/Unpublish)
Batch Operations (Delete)
Content Type: Asset Picker
Content Type: Booleans (Checkbox)
Content Type: Color
Content Type: Date and Time
Content Type: Enumeration (Dropdown)
Content Type: Float (Decimals)
Content Type: Integers (Numbers)
Content Type: JSON Editor
Content Type: Map
Content Type: Markdown
Content Type: Multi-Line Text
Content Type: References
Content Type: Rich Text Editor (WYSIWYG)
Content Type: Single Line Text
Custom Metadata
Custom Roles
Custom Stages
GraphQL Unions (Polymorphic Relations)
Image Editor
Project Cloning
Rich Editing Interface
SEO Friendly
Static Site Generator Friendly

Explore all of Hygraph's capabilities on our features page and docs.

#Digital asset management

Asset Transformations
Assets from Facebook
Assets from Google Drive
Assets from Instagram
Assets from Search
Assets from System
Assets from URL
Digital Asset Management (DAM)
Add Fields to the Default Asset Model
Global Asset CDN
SEO Optimized Asset Management

#Community and resources

Examples : Blog
Examples : Gatsby
Examples : Gridsome
Examples : NextJS
Examples : NuxtJS
Examples : ReactJS
Examples : Sapper
Examples : Svelte
Examples : Union Types
Examples : VueJS
Reference App : eCommerce
Reference App : Events and Conferences
Reference App : Marketing Website
Reference App : Podcasts
Reference App : Travel & Hospitality

Explore more references on our GitHub profile, or view examples created with Hygraph and popular frameworks like Gatsby, NextJS, Svelte, Gridsome, and Vue, amongst others.

#Plans and pricing

Additional API Operations1,000,000/month 10c/10,000 On topExtra API calls cost $5 per 1,000,000 calls
Additional Asset Traffic500GB/month 10c/1GB On top Extra asset bandwidth $65 per 1 TB.
Content Entries10,000-unlimited5,000-unlimited
Custom Pricing
Enterprise Plans
Free forever community plan
Free trial for Premium features
Monthly and Annual Plans
Plans in EUR
Plans in USD
Pricing ByProjectProject
Self Service Plans

Get started with a free forever developer plan or explore our other pricing options to accommodate your scaling needs.

#Security, compliance, and support

24/7 Infrastructure Monitoring
Advanced Firewall Rules
Audit Logs
Choice of data center
Community Support
Customer Success
Dedicated Infrastructure
Email Support
Encryption at rest
Encryption in transit
GDPR Compliant Infrastructure
Hosted in Europe
Implementation Partner Network
Login with Github
Login with Socials
Onboarding and Architecture Support
Onsite Chat
Project Backups
Public Slack Channel
SLA Performance
SLA Support
Solution Architects
SSO Support
User Management
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