Alternative to Headless WordPress CMS

Spinal is an alternative to a headless WordPress CMS. But it takes only a 50 seconds to set up and boast an equally powerful writing and collaborating environment.

preview of Spinal CMS posts edit screen with navigation on the left, content with a markdown toolbar in the middle and the comments panel on the right

WordPress is one of the most used CMS/blogging tools around. Initially released in 2003 and currently used by ~40% of the websites.

Traditionally WordPress was both the CMS and the frontend. But it can now as well be used as a headless CMS.

Solid text editor (that requires work)

WordPress has a great wysiwyg-editor that outputs HTML. Due to WordPress’ massive market share, you and your content writers probably have used it before. Making it easy for them to hit the ground running.

While the wysiwyg-editor is convenient for most writers as it mimics text processing/editors like Word, it needs work to convert to markdown as that’s what your static site generator needs.

Due to its massive market share, WordPress is constantly under attack by (rogue) hackers. This means you need to invest serious time to keep your WordPress install up-to-date (which can be done for you by paying an additional service).

Implement WordPress to your static site is not easy

To get your static site generator use the content from your WordPress dashboard, you need do to a decent chunk of work. First off is getting WordPress set up, either hosted or installing yourself. Installing yourself somewhere take more time. The next step is to make WordPress ready to use as a REST api. You could use a plugin for that. Then the last step is setting up your static site generator to consume this API. Hopefully there’s a plugin/guide for your static site generator available so consuming the API is straightforward. Don’t forget you need to convert the HTML output to Markdown!

All in all it takes quite a bit of work to set up WordPress as a CMS for your static site generator. If you compare that to the famous 50-second setup from Spinal, you understand why companies choose Spinal over WordPress.

Spinal vs WordPress feature comparison

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

Spinal logo Spinal Logo for wordpress WordPress
Price $29/month Free (when self-hosting)
Set up Very easy Very difficult
Collaborators Unlimited Unlimited
Fine-grained Access
Self Host Possible
Built for SSG
Git-based
Rich Text Editor
Outputs Markdown
Edit Lock
Comments & Notes
Image Support
Version History
Active Development
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