I made the decision to switch from Contentful to ButterCMS after doing a bit of shopping around / research of the current HeadlessCMS offerings.
ButterCMS is an API first platform, served in JSON in a mostly RESTful way. It was definitely built with developers in mind, which is what makes its integration, setup time, and delivery among the top praised aspects of the platform/service.
Here are some of the best features:
- Collections and the ability to order fields and items
- The Page engine to build static and templated pages
- A Blog engine that serves a collection of Posts with SEO in mind
- Great documentation in multiple languages and frameworks
- Integration with Filestack / CDN
- Page Preview
- And last but not least, an absolutely amazing Customer Service team, super responsive and helpful!
Things that really impressed me:
- I reported a bug and it was fixed over the weekend. That's dedication!
- Our Marketing team loved the ease in which they can now manage content in comparison to their experience with Contentful
- Real conversations with the Co Founder and Customer Success team
- Getting informed of new features and being asked for input on what would make this service better
Overall, I would highly recommend this over other Headless CMS services I have tried and evaluated.
I think the admin interface is showing its age from a UI perspective, but is generally great from a UX perspective. Regardless, it is very usable and needs little to no on-boarding to using it, which my team loves!
There really just isn't much to dislike about this service!
What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?
Our team set out to solve the problem of having TWO CMSs run our marketing site. We had a blog in Wordpress and the rest of the site was in React/Gatsby/Contentful.
Managing two CMSs was a pain. Matching UI elements in two completely different stacks was a nightmare. The marketing team in particularly dislikes Contentful for various reasons, so I was tasked for exploring alternatives.
After integrating with Butter, we were able to get the best features of Wordpress (Preview, Edit history, Blog Engine, SEO plus the ability to essentially build custom admin forms (Page engine, all through a single CMS. Pulling the site through a traditional SSR application gave us the ability to run our site similar to a Wordpress architecture, which was important to the Marketing Team.