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Headless CMS

1 March 2018

Anyone who has ever managed content in a network or organization gradually realizes the importance of reaching the knowledge consumer anywhere and in any way possible. Our dynamic and evolving world requires flexibility and diversity fitting for the various technologies currently available, such as Smartphones of all sorts, Tablets, etc.

Content Management Systems (CMS) provide a compatibility solution for these standards. The content construction is based on a certain device's technology and design template (usually PC-based) yet can adapt to other devices. The disadvantage of this sort of solution is that the content is initially constructed for a specific device's settings; displaying the content via another device might be insufficient considering the needs of content managers or knowledge consumers.


Boundless content construction

Headless CMS is an alternative to the traditional CMS solutions. The term "headless" refers to the lack of a display layer, i.e. technological requirements or design pattern and templates that can fit only a limited number of platforms, technologies and/or users.

Headless CMS systems enable boundless content management that as it is free from templates. The system serves as a database for any data we wish to display on our site; in other words, the system is a base content that can be accessed via any platform in any design or template we choose.

In the past, we may have encountered few "headless" items such as RSS offered by various suppliers as gross knowledge that can be displayed according to the users' selection.

Several systems based on modular, flexible content void of any design are currently available.


The advantages of Headless CMS

  • Flexibility

    • Various platforms: PC, Tablet, iWatch, etc.

    • Various locations: access from anywhere (usually stored on a cloud)

    • Various users

  • Time saving:

    • Not focusing on design, allows us, who prepare the content, to pay more attention to content.

    • Furthermore, managing data in one "space" saves time that would be otherwise dedicated to writing the data multiple times.

  • Creating collaborations: content which is used by various parties in the organizations and was previously managed separately can lead to knowledge sharing when all parties come together to create uniform content.

  • More secure data: the data not being stored in the final site which is exposed to users, serves as another protection from cyber attacks.

The disadvantages of Headless CMS

  • This technology's weakness ironically stems from its main novelty: The difficulty of adapting to multiple platforms which requires the developer/manager to be familiar with said platforms.

  • Lack of personalization: the content is constructed uniformly and might not suit certain populations.


Headless CMS Vs. Traditional CMS

When choosing a platform, consider the following aspects:

  • Variety of platforms in use

  • Diversity of target audience

  • Complexity of data (might affect the manner in which the data is displayed in each platform)

The wider the diversity and the more complex the data, the more we should prefer a flexible Headless CMS solution. A clear target audience and few technologies in use are settings suitable for a Traditional CMS solution.


Where is technology leading us?

  • Uniform knowledge: the same information can serve organizations which have managed this knowledge in various contexts, e.g. knowledge for employees and knowledge for clients.

  • Adaptability tools: the required flexibility coerces Traditional CMS websites (such as WordPress) to create Headless CMS tools based on the content currently held in traditional platforms.

  • Advanced technologies: databases can use more robotic means, both audio and visual.

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