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Hygraph Vs. Sanity

Explore Hygraph as a Sanity alternative

#Why Hygraph is a better alternative to Sanity?

Sanity and Hygraph both are popular choices for dev teams. However, unlike Hygraph, Sanity lacks capabilities required by the non-dev stakeholders in your enterprise.

Sanity’s UI is not the best for non-dev teams and lacks the CMS capabilities needed by them (e.g. content stages). Other downsides include having to separately host the editorial interface, not being backend agnostic, lack of a GraphQL mutations API and other GraphQL limitations.

Lastly, Sanity does not offer audit logs and the ability to choose your datacenter location, which are important capabilities that might be needed.

#Challenges you are likely to face with Sanity

You are likely to face these challenges when using Sanity:

  • The UI is not the best for non-dev teams. For example, it does not allow non-dev teams to create or edit the schema. Non-devs can’t customize how content is listed (create custom views), perform bulk actions on content, and much more.
  • You need to host the CMS yourself, but the data is hosted by Sanity. There are no options to choose from if you are looking to host in your own region.
  • It does not offer GraphQL by default and offers its own query language GROQ. GROQ is not a standard query API in the community, and many developers need to learn it from scratch while adopting it.
  • It also allows you to deploy a GraphQL API, but with limitations. It’s only available for content delivery and you would have to use the REST API for mutations. You would have to make some changes to your schema to make it GraphQL compatible.
  • If you use the GraphQL API, this makes the schema of your content public, so all types and fields will be introspectable by anonymous users.
  • It does not allow you to connect to any third-party API.
  • You can't define detailed permissions. For instance, you can allow a user to access “blogs”, but can’t add a condition (e.g., { "author": "John" }), or define stages or locales.
  • It offers no audit logs at the moment.
  • Lacks depth when it comes to certain content management capabilities. For instance, Sanity doesn’t offer custom content stages, batch operations, in-line or block embedding of content, the ability to create custom views, localized search, location based permissions, the ability to nest components and more.

On the other hand, Hygraph offers the capabilities to solve all of these challenges. Sign up for a free developer account to experience the difference.

#API and Core Features

HygraphSanity
Cloud Hosted (SaaS)
Custom Regions
GraphQL Content API
GraphQL Management API
GraphQL Mutations
GraphQL Native
Public API
Public API Permissions
API Playground
Frontend Agnostic
Image Delivery and Transformation API
Migration Tools
Simple User Permissions
Granular User Permissions
On premises hosting / Self
Open Source
Webhooks
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

HygraphContentful
Schema Builder
Field Validations
Components
Nested Components
Filters
Flexible Content Modelling
Localisation (i18n)
Pagination
Required Fields
Saved Queries
Searchable Content
Sortable Relations
Sorting
Unique Fields
Versioning

#Editorial Features and Content Management

HygraphSanity
Batch Overwrites
Batch Operations (Editing)
Batch Operations (Publish/Unpublish)
Batch Operations (Delete)
Content Type: Asset Picker
Content Type: Booleans (Checkbox)
Content Type: ColorYes, plugin
Content Type: Date and Time
Content Type: Enumeration (Dropdown)
Content Type: Float (Decimals)
Content Type: Integers (Numbers)
Content Type: JSON EditorUnknown
Content Type: Map
Content Type: MarkdownYes, plugin
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
Global Content CDN
GraphQL Unions (Polymorphic Relations)
Image Editor
Project Cloning Unknown
Rich Editing Interface
SEO Friendly
Static Site Generator Friendly

Explore all of Hygraphs capabilities on our features page and docs.

#Digital Asset Management

HygraphSanity
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)Plugin
Add Fields to the Default Asset Model
Global Asset CDN
SEO Optimized Asset Management

#Community and Resources

HygraphSanity
Examples : Blog
Examples : Gatsby
Examples : Gridsome
Examples : NextJS
Examples : NuxtJS
Examples : ReactJS
Examples : SapperTemplate project
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

HygraphContentful
Additional API Operations1,000,000/month 10c/10,000 On top$1 per 25k additional API Requests per month
Additional Asset Traffic500GB/month 10c/1GB On top $1 per 100k additional API CDN Requests per month
Content Entries10,000 - unlimitedunlimited Assets, Documents, Bandwidth limited
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

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#Security, Compliance, and Support

HygraphSanity
24/7 Infrastructure Monitoring
Advanced Firewall RulesUnknown
Audit Logs
Authentication
Backups
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 ArchitectsUnknown
SSO Support
User Management

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