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Knack vs Netlify: What are the differences?

Knack: Easily build beautiful data-driven web apps. Build simple web apps like a member directory, job listings, employee time tracking, business directory, contact directory, product catalogue, or equipment tracker; Netlify: Build, deploy and host your static site or app with a drag and drop interface and automatic delpoys from GitHub or Bitbucket. 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.

Knack and Netlify are primarily classified as "Web App Builders" and "Static Web Hosting" tools respectively.

Some of the features offered by Knack are:

  • No cookie-cutter software- define the exact data that your app needs.
  • Easy data types like name, address, email, and more add structure and formatting to your data.
  • Powerful options for formulas, equations, files, and images.

On the other hand, Netlify provides the following key features:

  • Global Network
  • Global Network
  • Instant Cache Validation
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What is Knack?

Build simple web apps like a member directory, job listings, employee time tracking, business directory, contact directory, product catalogue, or equipment tracker.

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.
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        Decisions about Knack and Netlify
        Justin Dorfman
        Justin Dorfman
        Developer Evangelist at StackShare | 4 upvotes 107.7K views
        MaxCDN
        MaxCDN
        GitHub Pages
        GitHub Pages
        Netlify
        Netlify
        Let's Encrypt
        Let's Encrypt
        Jekyll
        Jekyll
        Bootstrap
        Bootstrap
        jQuery
        jQuery
        Grunt
        Grunt
        Fastly
        Fastly
        #CDN
        #GoogleFonts
        #StaticSiteGenerators
        #Webperf

        When my SSL cert MaxCDN was expiring on my personal site I decided it was a good time to revamp some things. Since GitHub Services is depreciated I can no longer have #CDN cache purges automated among other things. So I decided on the following: GitHub Pages, Netlify, Let's Encrypt and Jekyll. Staying the same was Bootstrap, jQuery, Grunt & #GoogleFonts.

        What's awesome about GitHub Pages is that it has a #CDN (Fastly) built-in and anytime you push to master, it purges the cache instantaneously without you have to do anything special. Netlify is magic, I highly recommend it to anyone using #StaticSiteGenerators.

        For the most part, everything went smoothly. The only things I had issues with were the following:

        • If you want to point www to GitHub Pages you need to rename the repo to www
        • If you edit something in the _config.yml you need to restart bundle exec jekyll s or changes won't show
        • I had to disable the Grunt htmlmin module. I replaced it with Jekyll layout that compresses HTML for #webperf

        Last but certainly not least, I made a donation to Let's Encrypt. If you use their service consider doing it too: https://letsencrypt.org/donate/

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        Osamah Aldoaiss
        Osamah Aldoaiss
        UI Engineer | Maker at Triad Apparel Inc. | 12 upvotes 22.7K views
        atTriad Apparel Inc.Triad Apparel Inc.
        Netlify
        Netlify
        GitHub
        GitHub

        I use Netlify for all of my projects for the ease of setup and the huge Developer Experience they offer. From Netlify CLI, to the newly announced Netlify Analytics, we have no issues with Netlify and scaling is possible to a certain degree. We connect Netlify with our GitHub Repos and let all branches build to get a Preview. Also we connected our Domain with ease to it and were able to have the page be shown on our domain.

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        Reviews of Knack and Netlify
        Review ofNetlifyNetlify

        To start off, check this out: https://perfwars.com/netlify.com/vs/godaddy.com/

        If you are new to Netlify, it will take you less than 5 minutes to get your site up and running, 3 minutes if you are fast. To get started simply go here: https://app.netlify.com/

        Choose one of the following options to sign up: GitHub, BitBucket, GitLab, or you can use your email address.

        If you sign up with your email address, it will ask you to enter a 4 digit verification code that they sent to your email address.

        Once signed in, you will be shown a quick intro:

        1. SIMPLY PUSH TO DEPLOY
        2. FREE ONE-CLICK HTTPS
        3. NEVER HAVE TO LEAVE TERMINAL

        These are three huge benefits of Netlify over most other hosting platforms.

        OK, now that you have signed up and gone through the highlights, you need just select new site. From there you can either link a Git repository or just drag and drop your site folder into the browser window. Your site will be uploaded and available for browsing within a minute or so.

        Once your site is on Netlify, you can setup a custom domain by selected the settings tab, if you are not already there, then click edit next to domain. Simply put your domain in, save and then follow instructions on Netlify's documentation page on how to set up your DNS: https://www.netlify.com/docs/custom-domains

        So easy! You are done setting up your site! Now for making changes and adding features. You no longer have to do crazy manual set ups to get SSL installed on your site, with Netlify even my grandma could do it! You can still use your own certificate if you prefer, but if you wanted it even easier, all you have to do is select "Lets Encrypt Certificate" from the SSL tab on your site in Netlify.

        When you select "Lets Encrypt Certificate", Netlify shows a dialog entitled "Automatic TLS Setup" and asks you to ensure that your DNS is set up properly before you provision the certificate. This is important, and it will be fine so long as you set up your DNS properly according to their custom domains documentation that I shared earlier. All you need to do here is click save. The SSL will start to work shortly and all http URLs will automatically be redirected to https! And the best part is, it is free!

        Recap of the setup process: 1. Sign up and verify your account 2. Link repository or drag and drop site folder 3. Change domain and setup DNS 4. True One-click SSL 5. Upgrade your site for more awesome features (Optional)

        That's it! You are done! Takes less than 5 minutes!

        Before I came across Netlify, I would often use drag and drop web builders because the complication of managing servers and setting up configurations to handle forms and SSL were too complicated. With Netlify however, all you need to do for form handling is to put in a little call out to Netlify to say, hey, this is a form I want you to handle. It is so easy! You already know how easy it is to set up SSL now too. I now have no fears in launching a site, setting up form handling and SSL.

        If you are interested in setting up the form handling, you can go here: https://www.netlify.com/docs/form-handling

        Netlify also has amazing and simple documentation. I have never had a problem figuring something out. If ever I have had a question, I have found a resolution with in 1-2 minutes in their documentation. They have thought of everything!

        My favorite tools in Netlify are the notifications! You can set up your form handling to automatically notify you via email or even Slack. I love Slack too by the way, and being able to get updates about my deployments or form handling via Slack is a huge plus.

        The notification integrations are my favorite, however, I still cannot get over how easy it is to set up SSL and form handling. They are by far the most useful features for me. Another very useful feature is being able to see a history of your builds and having the ability to restore to a previous build or download it. I have been unable to find any of these features in their simplicity anywhere else. Netlify is literally the easiest to use, most reliable and overall best hosting platform out there.

        One more mention, the founder of Netlify is involved in the JAMStack Revolution. Here is a quick blurb from their site (Looks Awesome!):

        JAM stands for JavaScript, APIs and Markup. It's the fastest growing stack for building websites and apps: no more servers, host all your front-end on a CDN and use APIs for any moving parts.

        Learn more about JAMStack here: https://jamstack.org https://github.com/jamstack/jamstack.org

        How developers use Knack and Netlify
        Avatar of ioi0
        ioi0 uses NetlifyNetlify

        Serves the main site through CDN. Provides super easy password protection and third-level domain for staging. Uses web hooks from Contentful and Github to know when to trigger new build and update the site. Perfect.

        Avatar of MassTimes
        MassTimes uses NetlifyNetlify

        Netlify makes it super-easy for various team members to deploy whenever there's a push to our Git master branch. Automatic build, deployment, and setup on CDN.

        Avatar of GitDocs
        GitDocs uses NetlifyNetlify

        It's free and has so many features - just perfect for open-source projects like GitDocs.

        Avatar of Loog
        Loog uses NetlifyNetlify

        We use Netlify to host all of our Hugo sites with continuous deployment.

        Avatar of doodledudes
        doodledudes uses NetlifyNetlify

        Super easy to setup to have your prototypes deployed with CI.

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