If you are using Git and need to collaborate with other developers, you’ll need to have some sort of hosting platform to allow everyone to share their work from wherever they are. While Git runs your files from your computer, you and your collaborators will need to upload and download changes.
There are many options when it comes to hosting Git. However, choosing the best option will require you to reflect on what your needs are.
Git Hosting Services to Consider
As a free, open-source hosting option, GitHub provides software development version control. It’s cloud-based, making it easy for users to manage, collaborate, and store their code. GitHub is known as the largest online storage space for collaborative work. Users love it for its easy-to-navigate UI and valuable features and support 200 programming languages. Teams can utilize its joint code review, issue and bug tracking, and organization management features.
GitLab is a collaborative development platform and an open-source code repository written in Ruby and GO. The platform supports both public and private development branches and has 1400+ contributors. Key features include application release and delivery features, a web-based Git repository manager, and statistics and analytics features.
For version control, Bitbucket is one of the best tools. It was also acquired by Atlassian, who has done a great job of improving it and providing lots of great Atlassian add-ons to make it even more flexible and powerful. Bitbucket is also more than just hosting. It allows teams to plan projects, test, collaborate and deploy all from one central place. There’s also a free version, and Bitbucket is known for its competitive pricing while being available for Windows, Linux, Mac, iOS, and Android.
As an orchestration service, Beanstalk offers easy auto-scaling options, ways to accelerate the development timeline, excellent customization capabilities, and super-quick configuration and automation (among other capabilities). It’s secure and reliable and a great alternative to GitHub. If you run on either Windows or Linux, it supports both.
Amazon AWS CodeCommit
As an option that is completely managed and hosted by Amazon, Amazon AWS CodeCommit can privately host data while handling it in the cloud for high scalability. It supports Git’s standard functionalities and allows users to create 1,000+ repositories. For users that need high availability, as an Amazon service, AWS CodeCommit can store repositories in Amazon S3 and Amazon DynamoDB. It’s also easy to integrate with third-party tools.
Microsoft’s Azure DevOps offers Git users an open platform for their development stack. It hosts code and offers its own continuous integration service (and agile planning tools) for scrums. There’s also the potential for code reviews and issue trackers.
Git makes it easy for teams to choose from a variety of hosting options. In fact, you can mix and match them and use a combination. Users can have clone repositories, for example, on Bitbucket and GitHub for issue tracking or continuous integration. Or, users can keep their main codebase on GitHub and then have backup clones on GitLab if a recovery is ever required.
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