Why choose Solana over Polygon? From a Developer Standpoint
When it comes to blockchain platforms, it’s hard to know which one to choose. You want to make sure that you’re not just choosing the best platform for your project’s needs, but also one that will be on the forefront of what is quickly becoming one of the most important technological innovations in history.
We think that Solana is an excellent choice for a variety of projects and businesses. Solana is an open-source design and development platform which lets anyone build applications, services and systems with a limited set of basic building blocks in a variety of industries.
Here’s a quick sneak peek through why Solana is a better choice over Polygon from a developer’s point of view.
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Why Solana over Polygon?
Solana has a number of key advantages over Polygon, including:
- Exceptional scalability
Solana is able to scale up to 50,000 transactions per second (TPS) at launch and is working towards scaling up to 400,000 TPS. This makes it an excellent choice if your project needs fast transactions or you anticipate high volumes of traffic in the future.
2. Low transaction fees
In addition to its high scalability, Solana also boasts incredibly low transaction fees. The network only requires 1 cent in SOL tokens (the network’s native token) per transaction — this means that even if your business or project experiences enormous growth, you won’t have to worry about paying exorbitant rates for transactions. The reduced cost of transactions also means that your customers won’t have to pay much for their transactions either!
3. Freeing Software from proprietary, license-only technology.
Solana is a community-owned infrastructure project. The open-source nature and developer-first philosophy of the Solana ecosystem have attracted developers from many different backgrounds and geographies, resulting in a large and diverse pool of talented individuals who are interested in building on Solana.
By contrast, Polygon (formerly known as Matic) was launched by Indian developers to allow Dapp developers to deploy their Dapp on Ethereum with the scalability benefits of sidechain technology. The use cases for Polygon are limited to Ethereum-based Dapps, so it does not build a very large developer base outside this niche, limiting the overall potential of new projects built on Polygon.
4. The proof-of-stake architecture of Solana makes it easier to build on.
The proof-of-stake architecture of Solana makes it easier to build on.
While the Polygon blockchain has a similar goal to Solana, its implementation is different. Polygon is built as an overlay network on top of Ethereum (specifically, on top of the Ethereum Virtual Machine), which means that any app built on Polygon ends up being “wrapped” inside an Ethereum smart contract. This leaves some people uncomfortable because while they may trust Polygon, they don’t necessarily trust Ethereum’s security model.
On the other hand, Solana doesn’t need any special infrastructure or overlays like that — it was designed from the ground up with scaling in mind. Ultimately this means you’re less likely to run into issues like high transaction costs and congestion if you choose to build on Solana instead of Polygon.
5. Solana is focused on simplicity.
Simplicity is one of the key metrics of Solana’s success. Because simple architecture eliminates the need for constant maintenance and reduces the time required to make updates or add new features. And that leaves more time for innovation and creativity to flourish.
The most successful applications built on top of Polygon are simple enough to scale horizontally with increased demand, but as we’ve mentioned before, many aren’t yet mature enough to take advantage of this capability
6. Solana is faster and easier to us
On average, transactions on the Ethereum network take two minutes or more. That means that if you want to send money or make a payment with ETH, you could be waiting around for quite some time before your transaction goes through.
Compare that to transactions on Solana, which take less than three seconds! Even in this early stage of adoption, it’s clear that Solana has what it takes to become a top-tier blockchain platform that can compete with the big guys — and win.
Key Differences Between Solana and Polygon
Thus, in the light of these advantages and benefits of Solana, we strongly believe that you should choose Solana over Polygon. While it’s easy to compare Solana to other blockchain projects, Solana does set itself apart in a number of ways. It manages to overcome many of the issues that have plagued blockchain projects overall, which is why we think it will be worth keeping an eye on in the months and years ahead.
We hope that this helps you make an informed decision when choosing the right technology for your next blockchain development project.