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Sanity Headless CMS Alternative

Learn the differences between Cosmic and Sanity Headless CMS


Sanity is a hosted API with an open source CMS dashboard that you have to maintain yourself. Cosmic is an alternative to Sanity that your developers and content creators will love.

Developers and Creators

Sanity, like Cosmic, offers both a REST and GraphQL API. Check out the Cosmic API docs and the Sanity 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.

CMS Dashboard

With Sanity, you will need to maintain and host the Dashboard yourself. With Cosmic, we provide a hosted web dashboard so can focus on what really matters: creating great content and user experiences.

Cosmic vs Sanity Headless CMS

MongoDB database, serverless Node.js Lambda functions. React Dashboard. Backend tech not provided.
All components are infinitely scalable. Built on Serverless technology. Dashboard hosting is limited by your servers, hosting provider, and budget.
We manage the security for you. Data encryption at rest with 256-bit SSL encryption in transit. Two-factor authentication included free. You manage the dashboard security yourself.
CMS maintenance
We maintain everything for you so you can focus on what matters most: building great content and user experiences. You deploy, host, and maintain everything yourself. Along with your application and content, you need to maintain updates and security for your CMS dashboard.
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 optimizations capabilities.
Apps and extensions. Themes and integrations.
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.

You will need to hire developer resources to maintain the CMS Dashboard. Average salary of a full-stack developer is $111,600 per year. You may need to hire 1-3 developers to maintain the CMS.

Starting at
$1,188 per year
$223,200 per year

Feature comparison subject to change. Contact to report any needed updates.

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Uptime you can depend on

Don't fear downtime on cloud or Enterprise plans. Enterprise plans start at a 99.95% uptime guarantee. Check our status page for historical uptime on our serverless, cloud infrastructure.

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