The Benefits of Headless CMS Architecture

Why Headless CMS is gaining popularity

Joel Varty
Joel Varty
Nov 3, 2021
The Benefits of Headless CMS Architecture

The traditional CMS or coupled CMS – also called legacy or monolith CMS – provides both the backend for managing content and the frontend, usually with a WYSIWYG. 

  • Traditional CMS platforms had the goal of posting content on one platform, such as a web page.

  • A traditional CMS tightly couples your frontend with your backend which can create problems when trying to build omnichannel experiences.

What is Headless CMS

Contrary to a traditional CMS, a headless content management system is entirely decoupled from the presentation layer or frontend, which is referred to as the "head".

  • However, what truly makes a headless CMS better than a traditional CMS is its content-first approach.

  • APIs allow you to access and display content in any way desired, on any combination of channels - not just to a templated website or application.

Why Headless CMS is gaining popularity


40% of the internet runs on traditional monolith CMS, systems with many known (and emerging) vulnerabilities. The central problem isn't just the lack of security, but with how traditional systems operate and integrate with other systems and digital channels. 

The caveats of Traditional CMS: 

  • Monolithic website architecture: Editors are writing and publishing on the back end of the same system, your website visitors are viewing. This creates a direct set of attack vectors and vulnerabilities for hackers to use.   
  • Set-it and forget-it content processes: updating brand design means redoing the content from scratch.

Top 10 Reasons: Why You Should Consider a Headless CMS vs Traditional CMS

Why is headless CMS becoming so popular? Let’s dig into the top 10 reasons why you should consider adopting a headless CMS solution for your business.

1| Headless CMS is easier, faster, and more flexible to develop with

Not only are you able to pick your programming language, but a headless CMS is also API driven so you can build your “head” (presentation layer/frontend) end-to-end. Your developers can develop the way they’re used to without having to conform to any proprietary development constraints. A single content list or item can be reused and combined with several different presentation outputs, allowing for projects to be completed faster.

2| Headless CMS is future proof

A headless CMS allows you to future-proof your application by separating your presentation layer from your data and logic layer. It allows you to structure your content to make new projects easier for future-proofing as well as when re-branding one or more channels, there are literally no technical changes required within the CMS. Developers adopt the headless CMS approach to the parts of their existing stack where it makes sense. They carve out pieces and use APIs to make it all work together.

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