Before we can fully grasp the concept of headless CMS, first, let’s revisit the basics—the traditional CMS. Traditional CMSes like Drupal, Sitecore, WordPress, and Kentico have been around since the early days of web development. They are designed to author, edit, store, and present content elements like text, images, and videos to create web pages. In short, traditional CMSes use built-in templates or templating systems to create web pages.
Headless Content Management Systems or Headless CMS begins the same way—author, edit, and store content and data within the system. Still, the representation/publishing of a web page takes place by offloading all the content elements onto a separate framework outside the CMS. In short, a headless CMS is where the content repository ‘body’ is entirely separated and decoupled from the front-end components, or ‘head’, to determine how the data is presented to end-users. The content can be published anywhere and everywhere—like desktops, mobiles, smartwatches, smart fridges, IoT industrial devices, and so on through an application programming interface (API) for a personalized customer experience.
Benefits of using Headless CMS
- A headless CMS is API-driven, making it easier, faster, and more flexible to work on
- A headless CMS separates the presentation layer from the data and logic layer, making it easier to future-proof applications and rebrand one or more channels without significant technical changes within the CMS
- A headless CMS decouples content authoring and delivery layers, giving the flexibility to build engaging omnichannel experiences
- A headless CMS requires fewer technical changes within the CMS, making it a lot quicker to create new functionalities and new web pages