Contentful Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

Contentful

API-first Content Management System

4.54/5 (35 reviews)

Contentful overview

What is Contentful?

Content is at the core of every digital experience, and Contentful is the pioneer and market leader in creating a new generation of technology to build experiences at scale for every digital channel.

The old generation of legacy CMS suites was built to create websites. It is being replaced by a new generation of integrated, best-in-class tools — the “modern tech stack." This stack is capable of building any digital experience — web, mobile apps, wearables, digital displays and more. Contentful’s content platform is core to the modern tech stack: endlessly extensible through open APIs and a first-to-market app framework to enable enterprises to create a common reference architecture for their teams.
www.contentful.com

Pricing

Starting from
$39/month
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Markets

United States, Asia, Australia, Brazil, Canada and 9 other markets, China, Europe, Germany, India, Japan, Latin America, Mexico, Middle-East and Africa, United Kingdom

Supported languages

English
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Contentful reviews

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Brandon Zhang

Contentful is useful and wonderful

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2018-12-12
Review Source: Capterra

I'd like to recommand contentful as it is easy to use, and easy to config store data for develop a project.

Pros
stable, friendly configuration, data structure is clear, and have api auto configuration

Cons
navigation is a little bit tricky, like when duplicate an entity, it lost the original entity's position, so have to go back and track the entity again

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Nick Wittenrood

CMS Contender

Used weekly for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2019-08-17
Review Source: Capterra

Compared to other CMS platforms out there, this one isn't a bad option to have.

Pros
If properly set up, it's easy to find and navigate sections and areas of your site you'd like to edit.

Cons
You can get lost if you don't know what you're doing.

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Likelihood to recommend: 8/10

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Jashar Alili

Easy to implement and powerful tool to manage content.

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2020-06-11
Review Source: Capterra

Little training for the team to get running. Easy adding any media. Love the ability of customizing modules.

Pros
Was very easy to implement and adapt to our workflow. Enables our team to work more efficiently and easily suited to our custom workflow. Very flexible tool when creating and managing content models. Easy to set up editorial workflows and a lot of helpful documentations how to do that. Love the design.

Cons
All good so far with the performance of the tool.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Anonymous

Very inflexible when it comes to styling changes, use only if you have plenty of engineers

Used daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2017-04-01
Review Source: GetApp

Pros
It is impossible for users to create elements that are totally out of line with the corporate design. Contentful also loads faster than many other CMS.

Cons
There isn't much I like about Contentful. It is impossible to copy entire pages without a lot of effort, which makes it very time-consuming to create new pages. While you can re-use existing elements, the problem is that if you change them, they are changed everywhere, and there is no way to just copy an element in order to use it as a new element (i.e., changes you make to it don't affect the element you copied). As others have mentioned before, it sometimes takes a quarter of an hour for changes you made to appear on the preview pages, which is just painful (Wordpress is pretty much instant). But by far the biggest pain is that there is no way for the user to simply access the CSS. We have to go back to our engineering team for every little tweak we want, even if it is just the padding of an element or the alignment of a certain style of text. Another issue I have is that it is hard to figure out where on a new page you are while you are editing it. Unlike Wordpress, where you can see the overall structure of your page elements clearly on an overview page, you can only see the rows of the page on the overview in Contentful - you have no idea what the structure inside each row looks like until you click on it. That means you're getting disorientated quite quickly as to where you need to click to edit element X of the page. Overall, I find Contentful terrible to use. It has a few benefits, but at least from a content management user experience those don't outweigh the significant downsides at all.

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Likelihood to recommend: 1/10

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Brent Arias

An Excellent CMS

Used weekly for free trial
Reviewed 2020-04-30
Review Source: Capterra

Overall I find it a delight to work with. Highly recommended.

Pros
I love all the following: the Infrastructure as Code that allows me to define my models through software, the SDK that allows me to load or update content via automation, the apps that allow webhook integrations such as with Gatsby, Netlify and Github. Finally, I love that it is a SaaS offering where data backups and DB upgrades are not my problem!

Cons
Thee free tier allows me to make two CMS systems. It would be nice if the free tier offered, say, up to five. The first paid for tier feels pricey if all I need was simply that third "not-free" CMS. It would be great if they had a "per CMS" paid tier that allowed a third, fourth, fifth CMS (etc.) at $3.95/month each...or something like that.

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Contentful pricing

Starting from
$39/month
Pricing options
Free
Free trial
Subscription

Contentful features

API
Content Management

A/B Testing (204 other apps)
Activity Dashboard (355 other apps)
Automatic Notifications (208 other apps)
Campaign Analysis (296 other apps)
Campaign Management (358 other apps)
Campaign Segmentation (205 other apps)
Customizable Branding (280 other apps)
Customizable Templates (287 other apps)
Data Import/Export (254 other apps)
Drag & Drop Interface (256 other apps)
Engagement Analytics (264 other apps)
Monitoring (250 other apps)
Multi-Channel Marketing (246 other apps)
Real Time Analytics (242 other apps)
Reporting & Statistics (356 other apps)
Social Media Integration (315 other apps)
Social Network Marketing (203 other apps)
Third Party Integration (348 other apps)

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Additional information for Contentful

Key features of Contentful

  • Advanced user roles
  • Beautiful and easy-to-use content editor
  • Content Delivery independent of the presentation layer
  • Content Localization
  • GraphQL
  • Highly scalable
  • Image cropping and editing
  • JAMstack
  • Powerful RESTful JSON API
  • Powerful search and filtering
  • Real-time collaboration
  • Serve and synchronize any type of content
  • Upload any media: images, videos, audio
  • Web hooks
  • White label for enterprises
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Benefits

-Increase productivity and efficiency with builder ethos — our platform empowers cross-functional digital teams with tools for both business and technical subject matter experts.
-Reduce time to market and innovate faster with our decoupled architecture, agile workflows, and structured repository enabling content reuse.
-Increase ROI and extend the value of existing investments with our API first, cloud-native content platform and open source DXP components — SDKs, Apps, & design system.
-Lower unit cost with economies of scale, reusing content across teams, channels, markets, and customer journeys.