Headless - more than just a trend?

Websites, apps, portals, the Internet of Things - users perceive a brand through a wide range of channels, platforms and devices. The website is the central digital touchpoint for many companies - but it is no longer the only one. The customer journey is becoming more and more multichannel in nature. Traditional content management systems do not meet these requirements. The classic CMS with a coupled back- and frontend is not flexible enough. 

The term Headless or Decoupled CMS is a buzzword which is increasingly gaining relevance. These systems promise more flexibility concerning content production and delivery . But what is a Headless CMS and what advantages does it offer?

I can do everything with my CMS.
What is different with a Headless CMS?

This may be true for small and simple websites. Sometimes "almost-everything-is-possible" is only indirectly possible and requires great effort. And sometimes just a lot more flexibility is required.

A traditional CMS allows you to edit content and save it in a database. The content delivery then takes place via a created view. This is how a classic website works. The CMS represents both, the administration interface (backend), and the application for the presentation (frontend). The stored data is delivered with predefined functions. If the data is now to be delivered on another server, or via another medium, a classic CMS reaches its limits.

A Headless CMS is different. One part - the head or the frontend application, is not a defined component of the core CMS. In some modern systems, the backend is not part of the core CMS as well. The Headless CMS consists of a database, a backend (commonly) and an API. The latter replaces the frontend part of the classic CMS and enables access to the created data. These, in turn, can be retrieved with different programming languages and delivered over a wide range of media. Management and delivery of content is separate from each other. This ensures maximum freedom in the presentation of the content. The development team can realize any desired output scenario - website, native apps, social, mobile ... including the possibility of several frontends. The content still needs to be maintained only once.

What are the advantages of a Headless CMS?

  • Faster project implementations: frontend and backend development are separated ("decoupled") and can work independently
  • Create once, use unlimited: Content should be maintained in one system only
  • Provides flexibility and agility to react to trends
  • Virtually unlimited possibilities of content presentation, several frontends are possible

SixCMS as a Headless CMS

SixCMS goes a step further than most Headless Content Management Systems. Both – the frontend as well as the backend – are Heads. Thus, the Headless Content Management System consists of a core and several interfaces. Frontend, backend and template engine are freely selectable and / or developable Heads. Content creation, management and presentation are separated - for even greater flexibility.

For many years SixCMS has been available as Headless CMS and often used as such.
The core CMS includes elements such as interfaces, user administration, data repository, workflows, or triggers.

In addition to the core or the Headless CMS, Six can also supply different Heads on request. Whether you opt for a Head off the rack, a configurable Head, or your own development - it is up to you.

The advantage: SixCMS provides you with full flexibility in content delivery and maximum liberty in content creation. Different Heads offered by Six include - amongst others - a configurable backend with a WYSIWYG editor or the “Autorentool”, a backend user interface optimized for editors. The template engine can also be delivered as a Head.