What are some modern headless CMS platforms

Headless CMS: Good things can be headless.

The demands on modern websites are constantly increasing. There are many ideas to meet these new demands. One of them is Headless CMS. Here you can find out what a headless CMS is, what advantages it brings you and which products are already particularly established on the market.

What the headlessness is all about ...

In order to understand what the new headless CMS bring, let's take a quick look at the classic CMS variant. With conventional CMS, users are able to edit content via the backend and the relevant data changes are then simply saved and output. Today, this form of processing and output, which is undoubtedly very user-friendly for the user, is often no longer sufficient. If you only think of the possibilities of making the content of your website usable on different platforms, it quickly becomes clear that it takes something more than the good old combination.

A CMS for modern demands needs an interface that integrates all possibilities. But that means the view is no longer required. And the CMS is already headless!

When the view is simply no longer enough ...

In the typical CMS, the view was delivered to you to match. But all of this only worked as long as the data had the view as the target. The only goal, mind you. Today, however, data is transported variably and as required. Server, TV or cell phone are just a few examples. A CMS that is supposed to meet modern, i.e. multimedia requirements, needs to be set up much more efficiently. The headless CMS comes with neither view nor templates. It only has three components with which you can use it: the backend and the database of course, as well as the API, which we will briefly introduce in the next section.

API under the microscope

API is the abbreviation for Application Programming Interface. It is a programming interface with which needs-based applications can be written and implemented. The API is the replacement for the normal frontend that you may have already worked with. Via the backend you can examine, edit, save or delete all data in the database. Data that is transported and processed via the API has one major advantage: it can be accessed with complete flexibility. This is possible across servers as well as with the programming language of your choice. So the headlessness is by no means a disadvantage, as you should be able to see easily by now.

One content for all fields of application

To once again clearly highlight the difference between classic and headless CMS: In the old version, content was fixed for the programming language and the server, for which it was written once. Well, with the headless version, you are offered a great deal of independence. You create your content once as usual, but you can place it in the media of your choice. This applies to stationary desktop PCs as well as to mobile devices such as smartphones or tablets. Everything is possible from the app to the website. And the best thing about it: If you have a change, you make it once and then feed it wherever the content should be accessed.

Experience pure dynamism

But that's not all a headless CMS has to offer you. If you wanted to carry out a data query with the conventional CMS, a reload was necessary. With the headless CMS you don't need that anymore. You are sure of the dynamic query. Even when the website is active, data retrieval and embedding are uncomplicated. The dynamic gives you topicality for high demands.

How do I get "headless"?

Regarding the advantages, you must have secretly asked yourself how you can easily get and use your headless CMS. First of all, the prerequisites must be met: The server quality is decisive in this context. High performance means that your inquiries, such as a database retrieval, can be implemented quickly. Because (and if you want, you can rate that as a disadvantage of the headless CMS) in the event of a server failure, the content is not accessible across the board. If the server is optimal, the headless CMS adventure can begin. One possibility to get used to the new performance and to implement the change safely is the step-by-step decoupling of content. The processive decoupling leads you slowly but surely to the headless CMS.

Which CMS is headless and recommended?

In the following we introduce you to four headless CMS. The completeness is of course not guaranteed and since valuation is always something individual, your opinion is the one that should be decisive.

contentful

Contenful enables you to save and edit content in one go. There are tools and frameworks that enable you to work according to your needs. The omnichannel advantage is always in the foreground. The availability of the data makes teamwork possible and therefore scores with high efficiency.

Storyblok

Storyblok describes itself on its website as the only headless CMS that comes with a visual editor. We will see how long this unique selling point will remain. Nevertheless, the preview function is an important feature, especially for users who are still inexperienced. In principle, Storyblok combines "What You See Is What You Get" with the advantages of the headless architecture, which we have already mentioned.

Click here for Storyblok.

sleekshop

sleekshop offers you highly scalable websites that are easy to use. The tool is particularly well positioned for e-commerce. The development is quick and professional. The cloud is the basis for efficient processes. Updates are already included with sleekshop.

Go to sleekshop here.

Craft CMS

The Craft CMS, which can not only be used as a headless CMS, advertises with a high level of user definition, which enables you to work tailor-made. It offers you full control over the HTML architecture and templates for individual use. Craft CMS is secure, scalable and offers support for high demands. This can be seen on the website, which was specially created for beginners: At www.craftquest.io/courses/head ... you will find a tutorial in which you will learn how to use Craft CMS in the headless version.

All products that we recommend here offer you a test version so that you can take a leisurely look to see whether you can handle headless CMS at all and which one is best for you.

Conclusion: Headless can definitely be worthwhile

Headless CMS makes content available flexibly. The core is the API, which replaces the classic front end and keeps it flexible. The advantages are based on efficient work and the multichannel solution for high demands. The programming language and server can be freely selected, which also encourages individual work. Changes are created once and can then be made available to all communication channels in parallel. These were once again the advantages at a glance if you are toying with the idea of ​​wanting to go headless when it comes to CMS.

If you are perfectly happy with the classic CMS: wonderful, keep it up! Operating a website is of course possible with the normal CMS, even if it may not be quite as efficient. But if you want more, for example to deliver to many different locations, a headless CMS can be the option for you that you may have wanted to discover for a long time.

We would be happy to advise you on how you can experience your headless (digital) miracle with Headless CMS. Call us right now! For a coffee?