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Strapi Headless CMS Alternative

Learn the differences between Cosmic and Strapi Headless CMS


Strapi is an open source Node.js Headless CMS that offers the ability to build customizable APIs. Cosmic is an alternative to Strapi that your developers and content creators will love.

Developers and Creators

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

Additional Maintenance

With Strapi, you will need to maintain and host everything yourself, adding additional development costs to your projects. With Cosmic, we provide a hosted web dashboard so can focus on what really matters: creating great content and user experiences, not CMS infrastructure and maintenance.

Cosmic vs Strapi Headless CMS

MongoDB database, serverless Node.js Lambda functions. MongoDB database, Node.js.
All components are infinitely scalable. Built on Serverless technology. Does not scale easily. 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 security yourself. No default data encryption at rest or in transit.
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 system.
Global caching
High-performance global caching layer included. (Fastly) No caching included out of the box.
Media CDN
Global media CDN included. (Cloudfront) No CDN included out of the box.
Image processing
Image optimization and processing service included. (imgix) Manually manage your own image sizes and optimizations.
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. 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

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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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