Blobr is a no-code SaaS to create your API developer portal. API providers can manage, document, distribute and monetize 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 integrate the portal to their own environment. Blobr has been made so that both technical and non-technical profiles can succeed.
Tyk is an API management platform that offers a set of tools to understand and manage its API catalog: an API gateway, analytics, and a developer portal. An open-source option will provide an API gateway, while the self-managed and cloud-based options will offer more options, including the developer portal. Tyk is primarily designed to be used by developers and technical profiles.
See Blobr's API Portal as your own API marketplace. From your website, you define how public you want your API Portal to be. As Blobr handles user management, you can thoroughly define who accesses what among your customers. Your products are displayed in tiles, each with a brief description of what it does. Each has a custom API documentation that helps your API consumers navigate between the selected endpoints. Subscriptions and billing are handled directly on the platform.
Tyk provides a two-part product: the API management side allows the API provider to manage access, monitor errors, calls, usage and uptime. The developer portal side displays a customized space to show and share APIs. Monetization is possible through a third-party application but each new element must be coded. API documentation can be added and is displayed with a Swagger integration. The developer portal can use Tyk's template, be modified without code or with CSS.
While the open-source solution is a good option for any developer who wants an API gateway for their own operation, when it comes to sharing APIs with API consumers, Tyk is blocked by some limitations. Users generally consider the price, sometimes unclear user interface, and limited documentation as the main pain points:
- Besides templates, the developer portal can only be customized using CSS, which adds cost to its implementation;
- APIs cannot be presented as products, use cases can only be indications made by the API provider;
- The documentation mainly takes the form of the Swagger standard.;
- Monetization is done only through a third-party application, designed for developers.
We've taken a different approach by combining API management and the API portal: you can track and manage usage and users, create products from your APIs, and display documentation accordingly. Blobr's white label developer portal is free and can be configured in minutes through a code-free interface. Your logo, color and domain name make it an integral part of your website:
- No-code and intuitive interface to connect your API in minutes;
- Product approach to stick to your user’s use-cases;
- Documentation in the form of product-based workflows, to highlight only what is needed, with API consumers who can test the endpoints;
- An "API consumer first" approach to optimize adoption and time to first call;
- The API monetization option is available with a few clicks, with different business models supported.