Decoupled and headless CMS Platforms are on the rise. In the past few years, there has been a significant surge in the popularity of decoupled and headless CMS platforms. If you’re considering a launch or relaunch of your digital identity, it’s essential to understand the differences between coupled, decoupled and headless CMS architectures. Let’s begin with a coupled CMS: A coupled or traditional CMS does contain all the back-end and the front-end architecture together. All contents, code and assets are created, managed and stored in the back end. A Decoupled CMS, on the other hand, splits the architecture like your brain into two sections: one part is in charge of creating and storing content. In contrast, the other delivers that content to users on their devices. Now, how does a decoupled CMS differ from a Headless CMS? An easy way to understand the difference between headless CMS and decoupled CMS architecture is to think of decoupled as proactive and headless CMS as reactive. Decoupled architecture prepares the content on the back end and then can proactively deliver and present formatted content to various channels. Headless CMS, on the other hand, is a content-only data source with no functionality within the CMS to present content to an end user. This means that a headless CMS implementation is “API only, UI anything”; it can push content to any device or channel. Decoupled CMS architecture separates the back end (content creation and storage) and front end (content display) into distinct systems. This front-end agnostic approach takes advantage of web services and APIs to deliver raw content to any front-end design, providing the flexibility of headless CMS while still allowing for templates like in a traditional CMS platform. Decoupling your CMS provides numerous benefits, such as faster and more flexible content delivery, resiliency against changes in the user interface, rapid design iterations, enhanced security, fewer dependencies for publishers and developers, and more straightforward deployment. In the 2000s, it was enough for businesses to have a website. In the 2010s, it was enough to have a website and an app. In the 2020s, businesses must deliver interwoven digital experiences that are personal, contextual, and varied.
27 April 2023
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