Blobr vs Stoplight

A clear and concise API documentation is essential when it comes to explain your API to a consumer. You’ll find below the differences between Blobr’s approach and Stoplight.
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Overview

What does Blobr do?

Blobr is a no-code SaaS to create your API developer portal. API providers can manage, document and distribute API products from one place on their terms. Each portal is unique and each API provider has its own. They can add their branding and link it to their website. Blobr has been made so that both technical and non-technical profiles can succeed.

What does Stoplight do?

Stoplight is a API development tool to design, mock, test and document APIs. The tool is mostly used as a way of providing a clear API documentation to end-users. Their primary audience is developers & technical writers. The documentation is based on the entire API.

Blobr’s API Documentation tool

Blobr’s API documentation is built-in to be synced with API products, providing a personalized experience. API providers can provide use-case based instructions, making it easier for the user to consume the API by explaining how to use different endpoints together.
A “Try it out” button gives a quick response and a concrete illustration of the documentation. When an API is versioned and impacts an end-user, a customized changelog is sent to users to keep them updated with the latest changes. The documentation is always synced and changed accordingly.

Stoplight API Documentation tool

The Stoplight API documentation is designed by developers, for developers. Generated with OpenAPI, the doc can be tried out from each endpoints. Aside from the generated API documentation, tutorials and guides can be created by hand. Stoplight allows for branding customization. When an API is versioned, users can use Github branches to publish multiple versions of the docs.

Comparaison table

Pricing
Free to use for API management and documentation purposes. Customization and branding available with the free plan.
Free plan available. Customization starts at 79$ per month.
Branding
Logo, colours, custom domain name (API and API Portal), SSO for free.
Branding and Custom domain name options starts at 79$ per month.
API Documentation
Based on the product creation and selected endpoints. Customized.
Displayed as a whole. Same for all API consumers (only Private/ Internal options).
API Versioning & Docs Updates
API versioning is handled on a product level. API Consumers get personalized changelogs. Docs are changed automatically.
API versioning is handled as a whole. Docs are changed according to the Git branches. API Consumers need to search and find the changes impacting their use.
Docs Worflows
Step-by-step workflows can be added to the docs to help integrate APIs.
Such workflows are not available.
API Access Management
API Access Management fully managed.
No API Access Management feature.
User Interface
Made for all users’ profiles. API Consumers get detailed analytics regarding their consumption.
Mostly made for developers. Slow platform. No detailed analytics, only the docs.
Pricing
Free to use for API management and documentation purposes. Customization and branding available with the free plan.
Branding
Logo, colours, custom domain name (API and API Portal), SSO for free.
API Documentation
Based on the product creation and selected endpoints. Customized.
API versioning & Docs Update
API versioning is handled on a product level. API Consumers get personalized changelogs. Docs are changed automatically.
Docs Workflows
Step-by-step workflows can be added to the docs to help integrate APIs.
API Access Management
API Access Management fully managed.
User Interface
Made for all users’ profiles. API Consumers get detailed analytics regarding their consumption.

Blobr’s advantage:
An API Documentation made for Every Profiles

Writing and maintaining API documentation is a real headache for developers.

The thing is that poor API Documentation puts API adoption at risk. Stoplight has brought some relief for developers, previously often using wiki-like tools to document their APIs. API Docs and markdowns were finally improved. In some ways, Stoplight was the perfect documentation tool for developers to address other developers.

Now, with APIs becoming real products, users often feel like Stoplight isn’t enough. With APIs being ubiquitous, it should now be easy - for both technical and non-technical profiles - to address them.

Blobr is the first tool to link API docs with API distribution

With a product approach, Blobr's documentation helps you highlight both the value of your API and its technical specifics. Blobr's clean user interface is designed to allow all profiles to access APIs. Time to the first call is drastically reduced with spot on documentation.

The documentation - on products’ levels - only displays what’s necessary to implement your products. Versioning - one of the main challenges for developers - is also supported. Since consumers’ use of APIs is known on Blobr, we ensure that versioning your APIs creates the least amount of burden. Blobr anticipates all the impacts of the newly added API. Products are updated accordingly. API consumers get changelogs and communicated is smooth. Developer experience is finally improved.