Alternative to Decap CMS

Spinal is an alternative to Decap CMS (the rebranded version of Netlify CMS). Decap CMS is self-hosted, and takes many hours to set up and recurring maintence.

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Decap CMS is an open source content management system that was rebranded from Netlify CMS. Just like Spinal it’s Git-based. Because of the underlying structure, it works really well with most static-site generators.

It has a clean text-editor, supports a publishing workflow and has a media upload feature.

Set up is not straight-forward

To get started with Decap CMS you need to add some files and set up your collections (eg. posts or documentation). If you need another content type, you need to manually edit the config.yml file. You also need to add some (admin) files to your site’s codebase. Including some trial-and-error this can easily take a day. That is excluding any maintenance work needed that comes with an open-source, self-hosted solution like Decap CMS.

Spinal vs Decap CMS feature comparison

Spinal is built with SaaS content marketing teams in mind. Typical Spinal customers don't want any install, set up or maintenance burden they have with Decap CMS. Just start producing quality content with their team.

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Price $29/month Free
Set up Very easy Intermediate
Collaborators 10 Unlimited
Kanban workflow
Fine-grained Access
Self Host
Built for SSG
Rich Text Editor
Calendar view
Outputs Markdown
Edit Lock
Comments & Notes
Image Support
Version History
Active Development
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  1. Is Spinal also Git-based?

    Yes! Getting started is as simple as connecting your GitHub repo to your Spinal account and you are good to go.

  2. Can I collaborate with my team using feedback and comments?

    Yes! Spinal is designed for small SaaS companies. Leaving feedback, do QA and comment on drafts is built right into Spinal.

  3. How do I install Spinal?

    No need! Just sign up, connect with GitHub and invite your team.

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While getting started with Spinal is as easy as connecting your GitHub repo, Spinal provides a concierge service to every new (trialing) customer. Maybe you want to go over some settings? Or get help inviting your team? All at no extra charge. Start your 5-day free trial and contact support for all the details.

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