Headless Drupal / Decoupled Applications
What is Decoupled CMS?
Decoupled CMS architecture (aka “headless”) is getting increasingly popular. This model allows frontend teams to create latest and trending user experiences. It allows the backend developers greater flexibility to separate the content and the functionality from the frontend. And it also helps site owners future-proof their web property (application) by allowing them to refresh the design without re-implementing the whole CMS. This is a major boon i.e. to modify the UI without changing anything in the backend architecture. With so many advantages, it is expected that this type of architecture has gained a lot of traction in the Drupal community which is one of the most powerful and robust CMS.
Here are some key highlights of Headless Drupal.
Create Once, Publish Anywhere
Marketers and publishers can take their content and deliver it on any experience, including a growing list of channels that aren’t coupled to a website. It could be a mobile app or a kiosk.
Single Source of Truth
With headless Drupal, content creators can harness all of their content in one repository.
Developers can create the experiences they want to build with the tools they want to use.
Developers can use a set of APIs for data consumption rather than building an entire stack
Shed Your Blockers
Front-end and back-end teams can work independently of each other so they don’t get blocked by one another.
Any developer of any technology can communicate with your headless Drupal CMS to build their applications.
Why Does Decoupled CMS Matter?
Headless website development has the potential to unleash the creative power of frontend developers to deliver richer, faster, and more responsive user experiences. By shifting responsibility for the user experience to a separate application, the headless model provides a number of benefits:
- Future-proofs your website implementation, letting you redesign the site without re-implementing the CMS itself.
- Sets frontend developers free from the conventions and structures of the backend. Headless development not only eliminates “div-itis”, but it also gives frontend specialists full control over the user experience using their native tools.
- Speeds up the site by shifting display logic to the client-side and streamlining the backend. An application focused on delivering content can be much more responsive than one that assembles completely formatted responses based on complex rules.
- Builds true interactive experiences for users by turning your website to a functional in-browser application. The backend becomes the system of record and “state machine”, but back-and-forth interaction happens real-time in the browser.
- In the most advanced cases, your website can be packaged and bundled as a Progressive Web Application (PWA), which can run as a mobile app right from a user’s home screen.