A decoupled CMS is any system where the back end and front end are separate: content management and storage on one side, presentation to users on the other. A decoupled CMS may still include front-end architecture, where the content gets funneled into templates before it is displayed. A headless CMS, however, is a type of decoupled system where there is no established front-end environment within the CMS.
Learn more about headless and decoupled CMS pros and cons
At Brightspot, we believe in front-end freedom of choice—to be able to choose the architecture that best suits each individual organization’s unique needs. That’s why we’ve designed Brightspot CMS to operate as a traditional, decoupled, headless or hybrid CMS solution.
Headless can help by keeping developers in a constant position to iterate so they can focus on adding new experiences rather than focusing time on implementing the same solutions on different platforms. Your editors can focus on their content rather than repetitive publishing of it.
Brightspot improved the quality of life for our editorial team, who can now manage sites, collaborate, and publish experiences faster and more seamlessly than ever to meet the demands of our audience. It also empowered our development team, giving them total control over the look and feel of our platform.
What is the Brightspot approach to headless & decoupled distribution?
The Brightspot CMS is naturally headless and front-end agnostic.
The Brightspot CMS is naturally headless, but users determine how they want to use the platform to create digital content experiences. Brightspot is a CMS platform that is front-end agnostic with an extensible architecture that is API-first so that users can publish how they want—headless, decoupled or both—all within the same environment.
More headless CMS FAQ
Who needs a headless CMS?
What are the benefits of a headless CMS?
- With the decoupling of back-end and front-end needs, implementations can be quicker and development teams can accommodate changing business requirements more easily. The front end can change completely without impacting what’s happening in the back end, making it simpler and faster to integrate new designs. Businesses with multi-national sites or a network of multisites, for example, can benefit from the ability to centralize content management within a headless CMS, which is then published via APIs to back-end-agnostic sites, applications or distribution channels.
- With headless CMS, developers can also tap into their favorite tools and frameworks to determine where and how content appears, providing freedom and flexibility to pave their own way forward.
- Going headless is an excellent way to future-proof your CMS, because your content can adapt easily to changing channels, including new device categories such as voice and VR. You get ultimate flexibility in deciding how and where your content appears, and you have enhanced security because the content publishing platform cannot be accessed through your front-end experience. Developers love it because they're empowered to use their front-end tech of choice, and it's much faster to deploy changes. Because the system is so flexible and can securely integrate with third-party systems, you're not likely to be locked in to vendor relationships when they stop working for you.
Will going headless lower my project costs?
What do I need to consider first when looking at headless CMS?
To start, define your expectations regarding the three requirements of any modern CMS: content creation and delivery, development and publishing speeds, and integration with your existing systems. You'll also want to consider the fact that in going headless, you're splitting up your codebase and responsibilities, so you'll need specialized engineers for both front end and back end.
Do I have to choose between a headless CMS, decoupled CMS or traditional CMS?
Some customers may go the traditional route and choose a Brightspot theme to get up and running quickly, while others will want the control and flexibility of going headless. Brightspot offers the advantage of supporting both paths.
If it’s headless, can I still preview content in a headless system?
What's the process for integrating a headless CMS with properties like Facebook or Apple News?
What are the technical benefits of a headless CMS?
With a back end that edits and stores content and only an API to deliver, your content can appear on any number of channels such as:
- Wearable devices
- Mobile apps
- Web properties
- React apps
- eCommerce platforms
What other benefits does headless CMS offer technical teams?
- Flexibility: Headless CMS lets you mix and match front-end content offerings, meaning the best user experience can be delivered across every device, channel and touchpoint.
- Resiliency: Headless CMS supports organizations in future-proofing their businesses by making it easy to continually evolve alongside technology, no matter what new device or platform emerges.
- Agility: The separation of the presentation layer from the platform lets teams move faster, while separation of content and presentation helps authors and developers work independently, accelerating time to market.
What’s the benefit of headless CMS for content producers?
With the content management framework separated from the content delivery side, editors and publishers can focus on what they do best: storytelling and audience engagement.
Other benefits include protection from unhelpful outages and changes downstream on the front end, plus the ability to manage editorial content types, workflows, templates, and more all from within the CMS ecosystem without being reliant on development support or front-end changes.