A new decade, a new way of looking at content

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In the last ten years, website developers saw a significant change in how sites are being developed. Instead of monolithic sites that combine both a frontend (what you see) with a backend (the "meat" of the website that does something), we now more often than not split these into two separate components. This results in many benefits:

  • We can independently develop both parts of the site.
  • We can hire more specialized people that focus on one aspect only (the so-called frontend- and backend developer)
  • We can scale the components that are necessary, saving money.
  • We can quickly adapt new frontends without changing the backend (or vice versa).
  • We can plug in new frontends (like a mobile app) into the backend.

Ultimately, it gives businesses a more efficient and quicker way to create, maintain, and upgrade websites.

In the last couple of years, we see the same thing happen in the CMS world: new content management systems separate the content management part (the "backend") from the actual displaying of the data on the site (the "frontend"). Before we had systems like WordPress and Drupal that forced developers and content editors to both deal with both sides of the CMS in their daily business. It also made migrating to other CMS systems hard because it would create tight vendor lock-ins: there would be custom Wordpress plugins to create functionality on your site that cannot be used when moving to Drupal, for instance. You're bound to stay with either Drupal or Wordpress, or lose the whole content management side as well.

Headless CMS systems are, in essence, the separation of the front and backend of a CMS. Now, developers can focus on creating sites, blogs, and even apps without worrying where the content comes from or dealing with CMS limitations. It's also possible to have multiple of these frontends that use the same headless CMS backend: your mobile app and website can both use content coming from the same source.

This year alone, more businesses than ever before will migrate away from traditional CMS systems and move towards the headless, giving them a clear advantage.

We at Seams-CMS will continue this year to provide content-editors with even more features to control and manage content while giving developers the tools to extract this content into their sites efficiently.