The Headless CMS Comparison: GraphCMS vs Agility CMS

Choosing between GraphCMS and Agility CMS: the guide.

Joel Varty
Joel Varty
Mar 29, 2021
The Headless CMS Showdown: GraphCMS vs Agility CMS

The headless CMS space is packed to the brim with choices, and while that is good for the industry, it can be a pain for users looking through the plethora of options on the market. Too much choice makes it difficult for enterprises  to find a solution that can adapt to their company's specific needs. 

Headless CMSs look too similar on the surface, but their differences are sometimes major. At Agility CMS, helping users understand the headless CMS ecosystem is critical. We want to educate audiences on what makes each headless CMS different and help users make informed decisions that rest on fact-based research. 

To help you decide between Agility CMS and other seemingly similar CMSs, we wrote a series of comparison posts. In this one, we give you an overview of Agility CMS and GraphCMS. We compare both platforms and give you an honest, thoughtful review of why we think Agility CMS is a superior contender. 

Why Agility CMS?

When compared to Agility CMS, we find that GraphCMS seems to suffer from the same fate as many pure headless platforms. They offer great functionalities, but non-technical users won't be able to make the most of them.

Agility CMS offers the same functionalities as GraphCMS but goes beyond regular headless content management by providing robust tools for developers and a great experience for content editors. 

With Agility CMS, content editors can now build digital experiences with confidence, without risking breaking something or requiring developer support at every turn. If what you’re looknig for is a CMS with strong content authoring experiences and all the tools you need to build a digital experience out-of-the-box, Agility CMS is the right tool for you. 

How Are GraphCMS and Agility CMS Different?

Agility Offers More Bang for Your Buck 

The CMS space is a battlefield, and with all those platforms competing for the attention of executives with short attention spans, pricing is always a contentious issue. GraphCMS is a solid tool, but reviewers from G2 and Capterra report that GraphCMS's price is still too high compared to other platforms. Agility CMS offers a more flexible pricing structure than GraphCMS; Agility CMS has several pricing options that enable companies to choose which pricing —and service— model works best for them. 



Agility CMS Is More Customizable

Agility CMS gives you all of the flexibility and features you need to turn your vision into reality. GraphCMS, on the contrary, isn't as flexible and extensible as Agility CMS. GraphCMS is still relatively new to the CMS space and it doesn’t have as many partners and third-party integrations as Agility CMS.  



Agility CMS Has Content Editor's Backs

Agility CMS comes with built-in page management features; you can create, manage and organize pages using reusable blocks and sitemaps – all without relying on a developer. GraphCMS could also be considered editor-friendly because it has a nice, clean UI, but reviewers have complained that the dashboard isn't user-friendly.. That being said, GraphCMS is a developer-centric platform. It caters better to the needs of technical teams.  Contrast this with Agility CMS, which helps both technical and non-technical people create digital experiences. 

Releases Are Stable In Agility CMS

One of the drawbacks of GraphCMS is that it's still a young platform. Younger platforms are often still unstable and prone to break or glitch with every new release. Reviewers cite that there have been times when GraphCMS released a feature, and the platform behaved oddly shortly afterward, which is frustrating and could cost companies money. Agility CMS is established with a battle-tested support team and a stellar crew of developers who make sure that every new release is as stable as possible.

Agility CMS Offers a More Robust Asset Management System

Asset management capabilities are a must in enterprise-grade CMSs.GraphCMS offers users an inline file uploader, which doubles as an asset manager, but the tool isn't as nearly as intuitive or customizable as it should be. Also, it is limited as it doesn't allow many different asset types. On the other hand, Agility CMS is equipped with a Digital Asset Manager (DAM). In this centralized hub, you can store all the digital files you want to make available online. You can upload images, videos, PDFs, and ZIP files straight into your assets manager.

The Verdict

There's no doubt that GraphCMS is a solid contender in this showdown. Its GraphQL-native capabilities make it a solid pick among contenders, but that doesn't make it impervious to critique. For instance, there are issues with how the platform manages file types. In GraphCMS, certain files can become unavailable for users and need to be searched for manually. In an enterprise setting with thousands of files this could mean spending hours looking for something. 

Also, GraphCMS' UI can feel cluttered compared to Agility CMS, and novice users may have difficulty adjusting to the platform if they don't have any previous experience with a headless CMS. 

Similarly, GraphCMS users report that GraphCMS still has a long way to go when it comes to asset management, and the platform lacks options to work with images, audio, and video. This could be solved with third-party integrations, but for users who need a platform capable of running a project in record time, GraphCMS can feel a bit sluggish. 

That being said, GraphCMS seems to suffer from the same fate as many pure headless platforms. They offer great functionalities, but non-technical users won't be able to make the most of them.

Agility CMS offers the same functionalities as GraphCMS but goes beyond regular headless content management; it provides robust tools for developers and a great experience for content editors. With Agility, content editors can now build digital experiences with confidence, without risking breaking something or requiring developer support at every turn. 

All in all, Agility CMS is a battle-tested platform that gives both developers and marketers a strong foundation to build their DXP. Also, our experience in the CMS market and successful case studies make our platform the right tool for forward-thinking companies looking for a CMS.

Still can't decide? Take a look at our guide, How To Choose The Best Headless CMS For Your Brand

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