Maybe you’ve come across it before, because headless CMS is hot and happening. It is a way of content management, that treats all content as data. This data is transferred by making use of nifty API’s, which ensures that you’re not stuck with a certain frontend. This leaves a lot of flexibility and freedom for the design. You can also easily use the same content on different channels: from website to smartwatch. How handy!

What is headless CMS?

A traditional CMS, like WordPress, is responsible for both the admin environment of your web content, as well as generating webpages based on this content. You’ve got an all-in-one package, from front to backend.

Nowadays, you make your connections with your customers via more than one platform. It can then cost a lot of effort to recreate your content in all these different systems. This is where headless CMS can help you. With headless CMS, front and backend are decoupled. The CMS is only responsible for the admin environment and presents you the content via API’s. 

This means you are no longer stuck with a certain look of channel. So, developers have freedom when choosing a programming language and framework, and you have freedom in the way you use your content. You can use the same content for multiple digital solutions. Use it to build a website, and while you’re at it use it for a smartwatch, or phone. Everything goes.

What are the advantages of Headless CMS?

  • Freedom and flexibility in the design – you are no longer bound to certain building blocks and developers can work with the programming language or framework they prefer
  • Create your content once, use it across every channel – Because your content is seen as data, API’s allow you to easily use it across all channels. Also those of the future. 
  • Speed and safety – Because the headless CMS is separated from the rest of the package, it is less vulnerable for attacks.

Our Experiences

We are fans! We have used different types of headless CMS for numerous projects, including our own website. Other projects entail

Which Headless CMS suits you best?

Now that you’ve read about all the advantages of headless CMS, you are a fan ofcourse. But how do you choose which headless CMS to use? That depends on several factors, among which are your goals, the size of your company and your budget. To make it a bit easier for you, we made an overview of our favourites here.

  • Contentful - Contentful is suited for companies looking for enterprise functions. This headless CMS offers an outstanding support system.
  • Sanity - Want to take it to the next level? Then Sanity is your friend. Sanity offers complete control over the user interface of the CMS via their open-source application ‘Sanity Studio’. It requires some more technical maintenance, but leads to ultimate creative freedom.
  • Dato - A reliable CMS suited for both big and small companies. Dato works very well with multilingual channels.

Luckily, our developers can work with many systems, and are ready to think with you about the best fit for you.

Looking for a CMS that fits your needs?

We are here to help. Send us your question or plan a meeting directly with Jasper, our CTO