Here is a plain English (as much as possible anyway) of what headless CMS (content management systems) is and how it differs to traditional CMS.
What is Headless CMS?
To explain this we need to start by explaining what a content management system is. A traditional CMS has a simple user interface that is easy to use and allows you to create content for your website without the need to know how to code. You can also make changes to the look of the website by configuring templates and plugins. These allow you to make design changes to your website without the need for coding.
A headless CMS, or headless content management system, is a type of content management system (CMS) that separates the content from the presentation.
Applications or Systems such as WordPress or Wix can be used for both traditional and headless CMS.
So a traditional CMS is suitable for beginners and simple websites whereas a headless CMS is more for developers and complex projects.
How does a headless CMS work compared to a traditional one?
With a headless CMS you get to create the content for your website and your developer creates the design. That way you both get to focus on what you do best.
If you run your own traditional WordPress site you will know that you need to be the content manager, web developer and security person!
Also if you are not a developer it can be difficult to make changes to the design of a traditional CMS. Making such a change in a WordPress theme could mean either making changes in the theme’s settings or in a widget or in the actual files themselves so it isn’t always that simple.
On the other hand if you are not a developer but don’t have the budget to pay for one then the traditional CMS is perfect for you.
The are pros and cons for both systems.
What are the benefits to using a headless CMS?
The first one that springs to mind is security. For example in WordPress you have to keep the theme and plugins up to date other wise you increase the chances of getting your site hacked.
The ease and speed of adding new content to a headless CMS is better since they don’t have the overheads of the system needed to look after the design side of things.
You can also have a headless CMS that allows you to send your content to multiple channels and even apps.
So which one is for you?
If your business needs a customised solution and you want to get your content across multiple channels and apps then the headless CMS is for you.
We work closely with Rolley who are in a better place to advise you on exactly which system will be best for your needs.