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Contentful Headless CMS Alternative

Learn the differences between Cosmic and Contentful Headless CMS


Contentful is a Headless CMS that positions itself as a content management platform to create, manage and publish content on any digital channel. Cosmic is an alternative to Contentful that your developers and content creators will love.

Developers and Creators

Contentful, like Cosmic, offers both a REST and GraphQL API (but Enterprise only!). Check out the Cosmic API docs and the Contentful API docs to see the difference in approach.

Cosmic provides everything your team of developers and content creators need: powerful and intuitive APIs for developers, and an easy-to-use dashboard for content creators. We've removed all complexity and CMS maintenance, so your team can focus on building great products faster, together.


With Contentful, you will see that they put some pretty hard limits on content item count, localization, user roles, and more.

Cosmic vs Contentful Headless CMS

MongoDB database, serverless Node.js Lambda functions. Technology not indicated.
All components are infinitely scalable. Built on Serverless technology. Managed scalability.
We manage the security for you. Data encryption at rest with 256-bit SSL encryption in transit. Two-factor authentication included free. They manage your dashboard.
CMS maintenance
We maintain everything for you so you can focus on what matters most: building great content and user experiences. They manage your CMS.
Global caching
High-performance global caching layer included. (Fastly) Caching included on the API.
Media CDN
Global media CDN included. (Cloudfront) CDN included.
Image processing
Image optimization and processing service included. (imgix) Image sizes and optimization capabilities.
Apps and extensions. UI extensions and apps.
Front end
BYOFE (Bring your own front end) Front end code is decoupled from CMS. Front end is decoupled from the backend CMS.
Number of projects
One login, unlimited projects. One login, multiple projects.
Save time and money on developer resource spending. Consider us your outsourced CMS team. Team plans start at $99/month.

Watch out for a large price cliff to climb from an entry plan to anything larger. You'll be at an Enterprise level taking out a second mortgage on your house before you know it.

Starting at
$1,188 per year

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