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Delivering the next-generation Content Management experience through headless CMS

Delivering the next-generation Content Management experience through headless CMS

Content Management has made great leaps over the years. Since its introduction, it has been driven by the accessibility of editing and presenting content on the Internet. However, with the rise of new types of devices (e.g., smartwatches) as well as channels (e.g., payment terminals) there is a need to provide content across channels timely and consistently. This gave rise to the headless CMS.

A headless CMS as a foundation

With a headless CMS, we refer to content management decouple from the front-end. The CMS goes back to the essence: to provide content. With dynamic content editing, it comes with all the modern features you expect from a CMS, it only lacks a front-end. But the lack is definitely the wrong word: it actually exposes the content through an API allowing to supply channels and microservices that consume it. Such a system can built upon different foundations.

How a Vue CMS can do the trick

Vue is a front-end javascript framework that is relatively easy to learn and allows for lots of customizations. There are many Vue CMS out there that can do the trick. However, they can come with unclear documentation or complicated API calls to deal with. When you want to select the right Vue CMS for your project, you should create a list of both functional and technical requirements for your business. Some of the functionalities you might expect:

  • Dynamic content editing
  • Content Delivery Network (CDN) to bring content to your users faster across the globe
  • GraphQL API to ensure a swift connection with front-end applications
  • Software Development Kits (SDKs) that allow for easy integration and customization of code where needed

Naturally, you should also consider technical requirements for your Vue CMS. For example, how does it integrate with your IT landscape? This not only applies to the CMS but also to your other (legacy) systems: they need to prepare to participate in an omnichannel experience.

Angular is another key framework working with headless CMS

The javascript-based Angular front-end framework is a popular tool for developers of websites and applications. In turn, it is also popular to integrate it with a headless CMS.

An Angular CMS helps you to serve multiple channels as well as leverage user data. An example of such a CMS is Prepr who offers additional tools to personalize experiences based on user data. This ranges from notifications to A/B-testing based on user profiles to optimize the sales funnel.

Towards a decoupled microservices architecture

A headless CMS pushes organizations further in the adoption of a decoupled architecture that is stimulated by the use of APIs. The CMS can needlessly connect with any other service that communicates through an API, a method that is popularized through the 2002 API mandate by Jeff Bezos. The core of this concept is the exchange of data between applications, independent of the type of technology they use. There will be no direct reads of data from other services: only a request through the API. When adopting a Vue CMS (or any headless CMS) you will facilitate this approach.

Also Read: A Guide to Document Management System for Small Businesses

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