GitHub Pages vs Netlify vs Webflow

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GitHub Pages

15.1K
10.9K
+ 1
1.1K
Netlify

2.5K
1.8K
+ 1
196
Webflow

581
619
+ 1
46
Decisions about GitHub Pages, Netlify, and Webflow
Howie Zhao
Full Stack Engineer at yintrust · | 7 upvotes · 144.1K views

We use Netlify to host static websites.

The reasons for choosing Netlify over GitHub Pages are as follows:

  • Netfily can bind multiple domain names, while GitHub Pages can only bind one domain name
  • With Netfily, the original repository can be private, while GitHub Pages free tier requires the original repository to be public

In addition, in order to use CDN, we use Netlify DNS.

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Pros of GitHub Pages
Pros of Netlify
Pros of Webflow
  • 288
    Free
  • 217
    Right out of github
  • 185
    Quick to set up
  • 108
    Instant
  • 107
    Easy to learn
  • 58
    Great way of setting up your project's website
  • 47
    Widely used
  • 41
    Quick and easy
  • 37
    Great documentation
  • 4
    Super easy
  • 3
    Easy setup
  • 2
    Instant and fast Jekyll builds
  • 2
    Great customer support
  • 2
    Great integration
  • 43
    Easy deploy
  • 42
    Fastest static hosting and continuous deployments
  • 21
    Super simple deploys
  • 21
    Free SSL support
  • 15
    Easy Setup and Continous deployments
  • 9
    Free plan for personal websites
  • 9
    Faster than any other option in the market
  • 7
    Deploy previews
  • 6
    Free Open Source (Pro) plan
  • 4
    Easy to use and great support
  • 4
    Analytics
  • 4
    Great loop-in material on a blog
  • 3
    Great drag and drop functionality
  • 3
    Fastest static hosting and continuous deployments
  • 2
    Custom domains support
  • 1
    Canary Releases (Split Tests)
  • 1
    Tech oriented support
  • 1
    Supports static site generators
  • 13
    Interactions and Animations
  • 7
    Builds clean code in the background
  • 7
    Free plan
  • 6
    Fast development of html and css layouts/design
  • 4
    Fully Customizable
  • 3
    Prototype
  • 3
    Simple
  • 2
    Next Gen
  • 1
    Built on web standards

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Cons of GitHub Pages
Cons of Netlify
Cons of Webflow
  • 4
    Not possible to perform HTTP redirects
  • 3
    Supports only Jekyll
  • 3
    Limited Jekyll plugins
  • 1
    Jekyll is bloated
  • 7
    It's expensive
  • 1
    Bandwidth limitation
  • 1
    Freemium
  • 1
    No Audio Support

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What is GitHub Pages?

Public webpages hosted directly from your GitHub repository. Just edit, push, and your changes are live.

What is Netlify?

Netlify is smart enough to process your site and make sure all assets gets optimized and served with perfect caching-headers from a cookie-less domain. We make sure your HTML is served straight from our CDN edge nodes without any round-trip to our backend servers and are the only ones to give you instant cache invalidation when you push a new deploy. Netlify is also the only static hosting service with integrated continuous deployment.

What is Webflow?

Webflow is a responsive design tool that lets you design, build, and publish websites in an intuitive interface. Clean code included!

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