Headless Content Management Systems (CMS), which are a new variant in the CMS landscape, are causing much buzz among developers – and for good reason. Unlike its traditional counterpart, headless CMSs provide greater flexibility, and for a fraction of the effort required.
How is this possible? Instead of deploying separate back-end and front-end interfaces to create, manage and display content, a headless CMS omits the front-end and utilizes only an API (hence the term ‘headless’). The API is responsible for pushing content out from the back-end, and onto any device of one’s choice – be it of varying screen dimensions or operating systems.
In layman’s terms, this means that you can create content without worrying about how it will look like once it’s displayed – because the API takes care of it. So unlike a traditional CMS, a headless CMS doesn’t require you to develop a front-end, which can end up making your life much easier.
Here's a closer look at how headless CMS systems can benefit developers and businesses alike:
1. Less restrictions and more variety
With a traditional CMS, the preset front-end interface displays content across a limited range of devices and operating systems. With a headless CMS, this limitation is alleviated, since the API is capable of pushing content out onto almost any device, over any operating system. Your content can reach more people and more devices seamlessly, with less effort from you and your teams.
2. Automate your content management and give more focus to content creation
Since the aspect of displaying content is completely automated through an API, you can dedicate more focus towards creating quality content, and forgo the step of running regular maintenance procedures over various front-ends.
3. High scalability quotient
Should you wish to update or expand your content, it will be significantly more convenient to do so over a headless CMS, since you need not worry about what your front-end will look like – you can use any content creation method you like, and the API will take care of the rest.
4. Increased System Interoperability
Another advantage of a headless CMS is that you’re not locked into using the same system to create AND distribute your content. This means that you have more flexibility and options for your business since you can use the features and tools that work best for your business and content plans, even if those tools are offered by various solutions.
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