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Headless or traditional CMS?

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Choosing a CMS depends on your situation, architecture and long-term content management goals. Here are some pros and cons of each solution.


The term 'headless CMS' derived from that if traditional CMS was the body, and the head would be the front-end components like framework and templating system. If you chopped the head off, you're left with headless CMS.

Traditional CMS System

A traditional CMS like Wordpress, Drupal or Joomla consist of two main elements: Back-end (the body)and Front-end (the head). 

Back-end is where you manage and store code and content, front-templates and CSS and use plugins. Front-end is where you design content for you webpage. 

Headless CMS

A headless CMS has no default front-end system to determine how the content is presented to your visitors. Instead making your content raw and can be published anywhere, through any framework. This means you have more flexibility than with a traditional CMS. With Headless there are no limitation on tecknology or applications your website uses. 

Benefits of Traditional CMS

1. Easier to set up and use

It may be easier and cheaper to simply use the templates provided by a traditional CMS than to use a headless CMS and design and build everything from scratch.

2. Developer team

A traditional CMS should be used by organizations without a developer team, or new content creators without the resources for developers. This is because developers are required to tie together the pieces to create a full website with a headless CMS. 

3. Simple website

For simpler websites, such as comapny sites and blogs that don't need advanced animations and tech, the templates provided by a regular CMS are likely sufficient, so there is no real benefit to using a headless CMS.

Benefits of Headless CMS

1. Headless is faster

More than ever, keeping your site speed high is important. Since the websites are presentet as data rather than a complete page the outcome is a much improved site speed. 

2. Headless is easier and more flexible to develop on

A headless CMS is API driven so your developers can build on any code they want to create integrations. Not only will your developer love the flexibility it gives them just from a resourcing side but to integrate with systems that are more complex.

3. Headless is future-proof

A headless CMS allows you to easily intergrate with new technology and innovations, especially when the industry is changing as often as it is. Headless CMS also allows you to future-proof your application by separating your presentation layer from your data and logic layer.

4. Headless is more Scalable

As headless architecture makes content accessible via a API, you can easily and anytime scale and upgrade your back-end without affecting your front-end. 


Relatude CMS can be used for both Traditional and Headless. Want a presentation of Relatude CMS & E-Commerce? give us a call.