Firebase vs GitHub Pages: What are the differences?
What is Firebase? The Realtime App Platform. 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.
What is GitHub Pages? Public webpages freely hosted and easily published. Public webpages hosted directly from your GitHub repository. Just edit, push, and your changes are live.
Firebase belongs to "Realtime Backend / API" category of the tech stack, while GitHub Pages can be primarily classified under "Static Web Hosting".
Some of the features offered by Firebase are:
- Add the Firebase library to your app and get access to a shared data structure. Any changes made to that data are automatically synchronized with the Firebase cloud and with other clients within milliseconds.
- Firebase apps can be written entirely with client-side code, update in real-time out-of-the-box, interoperate well with existing services, scale automatically, and provide strong data security.
- Data Accessibility- Data is stored as JSON in Firebase. Every piece of data has its own URL which can be used in Firebase's client libraries and as a REST endpoint. These URLs can also be entered into a browser to view the data and watch it update in real-time.
On the other hand, GitHub Pages provides the following key features:
- Blogging with Jekyll
- Custom URLs
- Automatic Page Generator
"Realtime backend made easy", "Fast and responsive" and "Easy setup" are the key factors why developers consider Firebase; whereas "Free", "Right out of github" and "Quick to set up" are the primary reasons why GitHub Pages is favored.
Instacart, 9GAG, and Twitch are some of the popular companies that use Firebase, whereas GitHub Pages is used by Lyft, CircleCI, and HubSpot. Firebase has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1215 company stacks & 4651 developers stacks; compared to GitHub Pages, which is listed in 775 company stacks and 4401 developer stacks.
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