Cloud CMS vs Contentful: What are the differences?
Developers describe Cloud CMS as "Create, manage and publish amazing content to your web sites and mobile applications". Easily Create, Upload and Edit;Use Simple Content Forms;Full Text Search and Query; Workspaces. On the other hand, Contentful is detailed as "Manage content once, publish it anywhere". Contentful is a flexible and future-friendly content platform that helps editors to manage and developers to serve content into mobile or web applications. Using Contentful, editors collaborate on content interactively in an easy-to-use editing interface, while developers use the content with the programming language and templating frameworks of their choice.
Cloud CMS and Contentful can be categorized as "Cloud Content Management System" tools.
Some of the features offered by Cloud CMS are:
- mobile content management
- enterprise content management
- document management
On the other hand, Contentful provides the following key features:
- Live collaboration
- Media & files
"API-first, "headless" CMS" is the primary reason why developers consider Cloud CMS over the competitors, whereas "API-based cms" was stated as the key factor in picking Contentful.
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