Architect + Technologist here.
When I saw the OMA and DS+R logos on your marketing site, I thought no way it's the Architecture firms...prob some niche technology companies in Europe.
But lo and behold, you guys did build their new websites! For the HN crowd, OMA and DS+R are at the top of the field...as a tech analog maybe comparable to Stripe and OpenAI.
I've been diving deep into the finding the right headless CMS and so far have found most either lacking or too expensive (Contentful anyone?). At the moment, hacking away at Netlify's React CMS, but it's a struggle.
Excited to check out your product especially since it's used for architecture firms I love and respect!
This feels like a CRUD app builder disguised as a visual programming tool. I generally avoid those things because they are hard to debug or extend.
Perhaps this is different because of GraphQL?
In this case, I would typically reach for a battle-tested CRUD building framework like Rails that gives you JSON APIs for free. I am not as familiar with GraphQL frameworks, but I suppose that I could find one as well if I really wanted that.
I am not really sure what people mean by "CMS" anymore. I have always thought of it as a place for people to create and publish pages. It is confusing to me when people use it to mean a structured database.
Maybe we need a new word.
THe value would in the "Studio" app which is the hardest portion to replicate (if it's well done).
But I would prefer paying a license for the SDK and host the API myself than having to rely on a third party for something so crucial to a business.
Of all the fancy overengineered dynamic marketing homepages I've seen, this is by far the best. No scroll-jacking, performant, degrades gracefully, still looks great without JS. Excellently done.
Congrats to the Sanity team on launching!
I have a vested interest in this (I work on the open-source data store used internally by Sanity), but I genuinely think Sanity is a game-changer in the CMS space.
What is a "headless CMS" at first place? why do you assume people even understand what it means? I went to your home page I still had no idea what your product is supposed to do.
I went to the docs:
I still have no idea why you call your product "headless CMS".
Love this. I was on my way to build some kind of version of this.
I'm hoping that there will be documentation on how to self-host the backend soon as a backup.
Congrats on shipping. I went through your docs and it's very clear and comprehensive.
Also love your startup / MVP friendly pricing => https://www.sanity.io/pricing as compared to the other most popular headless CMS (you know who they are!).
It's hard for me to trust services like these that don't provide even a paid self-hosted version. Backend lock-in like Parse, but it probably won't get a community to rewrite it. So good luck if they ever go under.
How does this compare with Directus CMS?