The world of content management systems (CMS) has seen a significant transformation with the rise of headless CMS. The idea of decoupling the presentation layer from the content has become a pivotal concept, providing unparalleled flexibility and freedom in content creation and delivery. However, the emergence of this approach has led to certain misconceptions, particularly surrounding the integration of layouts. Let's delve into the matter and debunk the myth that headless CMS cannot effectively incorporate layouts.
Understanding the Headless CMS Landscape
A lot of headless players have taken the decoupling idea too far, emphasizing that content should not be aware of its presentation.
"This has led to a misconception that incorporating layouts into a headless CMS is contradictory."- Joel Varty, CTO, Agility CMS
The Unique Approach of Agility CMS
Agility CMS sets itself apart by seamlessly integrating layouts, providing a comprehensive solution that bridges the gap between content and design.
"We create top-level citizens out of site maps, hierarchical routing, layouts, and components, allowing editors to have a clear understanding of where their content will be placed," Joel added.
Deconstructing the Misconceptions
The industry has been driven by historical messaging, leading to a debate about what truly defines a headless CMS. Some players claim to be headless when they are not. The idea that integrating layouts is contradictory to a headless approach is a misinterpretation that Agility CMS seeks to rectify.
While some attempt to incorporate layout functionalities within the existing content structure, they often fall short, resulting in complex and inefficient systems. At Agility, we prioritize a design-first data approach, ensuring that content seamlessly drives the design system without creating convoluted structures.
Embracing the Power of Layouts in a Headless CMS
Agility CMS challenges the notion that layouts are incompatible with a headless CMS. By redefining the boundaries and showcasing the effectiveness of incorporating layouts within a headless framework, Agility CMS demonstrates the potential for a more streamlined and efficient content management experience. You can dive into layouts on our dociste: Using Layout Management in a Headless CMS- Agility | Agility Docs (agilitycms.com)