Today I want to talk to you about Headless CMS. The idea is to address what they are, the differences with some existing CMS, when it is good to use them, and why.

It seems that it is one more name that has been added to the vast digital world, but beyond that, it sounds very fancy. Let’s address the subject; thus, you can surely avoid making decisions that lead to more problems than solutions.

So if you are already tempted to migrate to this new technology or are curious, this will greatly help you. Let us begin.

What is Headless CMS?

It is a content management system (back-end) that stores content of any kind. It does not have a front-end; hence, the headless CMS name.

To understand the definition a bit, a CMS consists of two parts: the back-end, which is the system that manages the content, and the front-end, which is the beautiful part that the end-user sees. The most common are websites, where the front-end would be the head of a CMS.

Traditional CMS and Headless CMS

In the case of Headless CMS, the exact definition applies, so let’s see the traditional CMS.

The most common traditional CMS is WordPress. Contrary to Headless CMS, you must install a web host to install WordPress. WordPress does database management and administration, but you have to deal with it.

The main disadvantage of traditional CMS is that both the back-end and the front-end are in the same tool. So if something fails or is misconfigured on the back-end, it might make nothing accessible.

The front-end and back-end are separate in both CMS Hub and Headless CMS. In the case of CMS Hub, although they are part of the same thing, they work separately. The Headless CMS is the same, although the front-end is another matter since it is not part of the Headless CMS.

Another point is that although the front-end is part of the traditional CMS, content management and optimization sometimes require plugins that can affect the functioning of the back-end.

Like CMS Hub, traditional CMS only output a web page; in some cases, heavy customization can be done to the core of WordPress to use it as a content manager and deliver the content to a mobile application, but it is not ideal.

Important: the speed, speaking of your website, has nothing to do with whether you use a CMS or Headless CMS. It depends a lot on the optimizations carried out in both cases on the front-end side.

Final thoughts

Undoubtedly, content is the best way to generate value for your potential customers. Whatever the format, it is not in doubt.

Now, whether a CMS is appropriate, in this case, CMS Hub, or Headless CMS, depends a lot on the structure of the company. If you use multiple channels of your own, without a doubt, the best path is a Headless CMS.

In any case, the most important thing is to analyze the pros and cons well. Although the Headless CMS is becoming more and more interesting among companies, its popularity should not be what drives you to make the decision.

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