Payload CMS VS Contentful

Payload CMS

Payload is a CMS that is totally focused on providing engineers with the greatest developer experience possible so they can design admin UI and APIs.

For your JavaScript application, Payload CMS is a content authoring tool. For user authentication, file uploads, internationalization, input validation, access control, programmatic hooks, and admin panel, Payload offers a turnkey solution.

Payload is made specifically to save developers time and effort when developing the backend and admin panel for websites, native applications, e-commerce, SaaS, and any other product that needs to handle the content.

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One of the most popular and simple Headless CMS. It runs as a web service, so you have only to register an account to create a project. Contentful is very easy to use, stable and has a free version. In addition, there are lots of plugins and a package for working with this CMS.

But there are some shortcomings. First of all, it's a limitation of entities (models) and fields in the model. Also, like many Headless CMS services, the size of uploaded files is limited.

Despite the great popularity of Contentful, it could be a challenge to create even a small project due to limitations. Therefore, we recommend using it only for very simple projects.

  • Payload CMS
    • Pricing Starting from $29/month
    • custom users
    • Founded in 2021, Michigan
    • They have 4.5 star review
    • online customer support
    • Deploy on all the paltform
    • Under the MIT licence, there are no limitations on use
    • Only MongoDB is available as a database
  • Contentful
    • Pricing Starting From $489/month
    • Best for 1-1000+ users
    • Founded in 2013, USA
    • They have 4.4 stars review
    • Recognition - top performer (2021)
    • Features like AB testing is not available
    • There are pro and cons and you check online
    • Can deploy on most of the platform and as well as cloud also
    • There is all customer support and it is 24/7 live reports


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FrameWork Payload CMS Contentful
OverviewLearn moreLearn more
CMS Type
Dashboard Internationalization
Multilanguage Content
Scheduling & Releases
requires plugin
Content Versioning
Preview Content
requires a develope
Multiple Environments

available as part of the Team tier

Customizable UI
User Roles
Custom User Roles

available as part of the Enterprise tier

Organization Management
Images API
Content Management API
Field Types
Custom Field Types
Free Plan Available
Team Members
Two-factor authentication
Team Logs
Built-in Backups & Restore
Editor Experience-
Team Management-
Developer Experience-
Free Tier-
Security & Compliance Offerings-


A headless CMS is a content repository that may transmit content via APIs to any front-end or device. All of your content and components are stored in the headless CMS.


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