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Website development with Drupal is our Forte, and being an organization with specialization on the same, we have added some more feathers by utilizing Decoupled (aka “headless”) Drupal development techniques.

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What is Decoupled CMS?

Decoupled CMS architecture is getting increasingly popular. This model allows frontend teams to create the 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.

Where Do Decoupled CMS Races Ahead?

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 in 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.

How do we Decouple?

Frontend Techniques

Various frameworks and programming languages in which front-end can be easily built and are mostly built are as follows:

 

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Javascript
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A bulk of cases where frontends are often built on frameworks like React, Angular or Vue, which provide the creation of powerful and interactive interfaces pretty quickly. If there is a necessity to pre-render the pages on the server, site generators like Nextjs or Gatsby can help.

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seldom the frontend is developed on Symfony or Laravel, a ready PHP framework. This is done only when pre-rendering on the server is needed. An added benefit is that as Drupal is developed on PHP and utilizes Symfony, oftentimes the same unit can handle the frontend etc.

Backend Techniques

Multiple picks in which back-end can be built or are mostly built:

 

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JSON: API
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JSON: API
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This module has massively advanced the REST experience with Drupal, presenting it as an amazingly adaptable system far above almost any CMS on the market.

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GraphQL Module
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GraphQL Module
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This enables us to perform GraphQL queries on Drupal and restore your content, etcetera, and menus. A lot of frontend frameworks are blessed with plugins or modules that can easily be used to execute these queries.

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REST is deeply baked into Drupal core which makes it possible for you to easily build REST resources where you can write your own functionality. This is perhaps the most work-intensive option but does return the most particular results for your application. etc

Having said that, Headless Drupal is an exciting approach and is certainly the way to go. From creating feature-rich interactive websites to creating content hubs that power different content consuming websites and media, decoupled Drupal does it all!

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