Vercel vs Cloudfare: Making a choice between the two.
Cloudfare Pages and Vercel are one of the best platforms for freely hosting Front-end apps. Making a decision between the two can be quite confusing.
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Cloudfare Pages and Vercel are one of the best platforms for freely hosting Front-end apps. Making a decision between the two can be quite confusing. Today, we are going to compare the two platforms based on 3 criterion: Ease of use, Scope and Pricing.
1. Ease of Use
The designers at Cloudfare Pages and Vercel has done an exceptional work in simplifying the user workflow. Although, Vercel happens to further make it easier to deploy any type of project by grouping out the technologies in tiles, this way you get to know beforehand which technology is supported.
An added advantage is that templates are available on Vercel for you to deploy fast and then edit later to include your custom code.
Plus, when you do finally deploy your app you are provided with three different vercel domains for you to access your app, if you had to do that on Cloudfare Pages, that will require repeating the deployment process thrice instead of once.
On the other hand, for beginners who just want to deploy a simple front-end app, Cloudfare Pages comes in handy. The different front-end technologies are not grouped in tiles like that of Vercel, all you need to do is import your repository from Github through a one-click button.
On Vercel, you can deploy more than 8 different front-end technologies (NextJS, ReactJS,GatsbyJS etc) and each has its own template readily available to get you started immediately. Vercel's scope caters more to core developers' need for testing and deploying frontend apps fast.
Cloudfare Pages on the other hand has a wide suite of services catering to managing and creating domains, hosting whole websites, databases etc. Their business model is created to stand as an all-round solution to web developers, database administrators and even security experts.
Their paid plan are both very similar starting from $20 both, but the benefits on a scale differs depending on your needs. Vercel's paid plan benefits core developers more, while Cloudfare Pages is more beneficial to hobbyist as it promises unlimited sites even on a free plan.
In summary, we have compared Vercel and Cloudfare Pages based on 3 criterion Ease of Use, Scope and Pricing. I hope the article has made it easier for you to make a choice between the two platforms for deploying your project. It goes without saying that you can definitely use both. Try them out and see how they work.
Thanks for reading. See you next time.