Going Headless CMS?

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The use of headless content management systems has increased in the previous years and is becoming widely used. A headless CMS is one of the many tools to deliver content effectively to multiple mediums across many screens.

This article will cover what you need to know and consider when using a headless CMS also comparing features of a traditional CMS and a headless CMS so you can decide which type of content management system your business requires.

What is a headless CMS?

A headless content management system is a back-end-only CMS that mainly acts as a content repository, making the content accessible via an API for display on any device. This means there is no predefined templets for the frontend and is separated from the back-end which then can be built with any technology of choice.

What’s the difference between a traditional CMS and a headless CMS?

A traditional CMS is composed of a frontend (head) and a backend (body), and it serves you one solid system that couples the content and its presentations. Although they are similar, a traditional CMS provides you with a database, CRUD interface (Create, Read, Update, Delete) and a frontend (data display function) user interface to display your content. In a headless CMS, content and presentation is separated, hence why it is called “headless”. A headless delivers the content through an API.

The point of a headless CMS (or decoupled CMS) is that you get to pick and choose which outputs (heads) you send your content to.

How does a headless CMS work?

A headless content management system gives editors an interface for managing content and the content Is provided via an API for developers to query and build applications with. This means that editors will have to log into a web application and that the APIs are hosted in a cloud-based backend.

The Benefits

A headless CMS offers a faster editing experience than a traditional alternative as the resources are not spent on content editing and rendering and it is not tied to any presentation concern (for e.g.: a website), therefore it can find an audience across multiple channels. Since a decoupled content is served over APIs, developers can choose their own frontend tooling and it also allows them to interchange part of their stack, more from one framework to another without effecting the content management system. It also allows the content to be managed from a single source of truth and changes to developer tools at any time. A headless cms allows the developer to send their content to high performance cloud-based hosting and offering the benefits of enhanced security. This means headless content is a smaller area of attack because the content is separated from the presentation layer.

Before going Headless

Bear in mind that a headless alternative is very development oriented. Although you are not restricted to specific tech stack, you will need an infrastructure to set up and manage the presentation element of your site, app, or other experience. If you lack technical resources, then its’ worth speaking with a professional for help or advice in setting it up.

Here at Brightbulb Design, we specialise in web development and have experience with both headless and traditional CMS. We help businesses to prosper and build great brands. If you require help with your project, then contact us on 01983 506505 or email us on hello@brightbulbdesign.co.uk and

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