Migrate From Traditional to
Headless Web Development
WordPress is the most popular website builder on the internet, with about half of all websites using it. It makes sense because it allows constructing websites rapidly and has a robust plugin ecosystem to help you scale your business. However, technology is progressing, and there are more and more possibilities for creating websites.
Furthermore, they enable us to improve the website's performance as well as gain greater control and security over the application. Since the release of the REST API on WordPress, it has been possible to utilize it in a headless mode, allowing developers to use it as a backend while working on a separate project for the front-end.
Models and controllers are bundled on the WordPress site in this decoupled manner, handling data processing and database interaction. Meanwhile, the front-end uses an HTTP client to communicate with the REST API.
Why Migrate to a Headless CMS?
A Headless CMS will allow us to concentrate solely on the front-end project, allowing us to use the technology we are most comfortable with and the structure of our data. Finally, it handles content management and delivery so that we may focus on the rendering. “A Headless CMS is a system that includes all of the capabilities of a Content Management System (CMS) and more, all of which are accessible via an API.”
This setup is especially beneficial for businesses with several locations that wish to cut expenses or streamline procedures. These businesses can use a headless architecture to concentrate content management in a single administration interface while also providing APIs that will be accessed by the company's many websites.
A front-end project that symbolizes the company brand is another popular usage of a headless architecture. As a result, all of the company's goods will have the same look and feel, but each will have its own content, which will be controlled in the same administration panel.
In contrast to a CMS like WordPress, a Headless CMS comes with an administration panel that has already been configured, maintained, and, in some cases, hosted for you. You only need to create an account and log in to begin creating content. From there, you may create, edit, duplicate, and delete content, manage users, translate information, and deal with publication workflows, among other things.
How can headless WordPress help us improve the quality and performance of the website?
- By allowing you to design the front-end in a way that is fully independent of the content editing platform. You can use whatever technology you choose; for example, if you wanted to upgrade your project to the latest front-end framework, you wouldn't need to rethink migrations because you wouldn't be reliant on a back-end.
- Allows you to construct multi platform applications without the need for several administration interfaces. Finally, if you require a shorter description for an app than the main website, you may create a new "short description" field and display it only on the front-end of that specific app.
- It is designed to make site creation and scalability easier and more straightforward. We may change the aesthetic appearance of our entire application without changing the structure of our content because the front-end is totally separated.
How can headless WordPress save time compared to traditional CMS?
- Maintaining the platform's security and keeping it up to date on your behalf. The team behind your Headless CMS will create it for you if a bug occurs or users request a new feature; all you have to do now is start using it!
- Constantly upgrading your user experience (UX) and design (UI) so that content authors and developers may create new fields, components, or pages with ease. But they won't be focusing solely on the visual element; they'll also be working to increase the database's performance, so you can obtain your stuff right away and forget about the job.
Type of Content We Can Create in a Headless CMS
Types of entry or template
Similar to WordPress's Custom Post Types, but with additional flexibility and extensibility in terms of data types and editors. The name will vary depending on which headless CMS you choose, but the concept remains the same.
These entities are referred to as Content Types in Storybook. Content Types specify the type of content entry and can be used to store the fundamental fields for your content entries. We have a “Page” content type by default.
In a Headless WordPress Development CMS, you can develop nested components in addition to Content Kinds and reuse them across content types and other components. This type of component is known as Block in Storybook.
To use them in a Content-Type-like page, you'll need to add a field to the type blocks schema. While adding content to your page, you can use this field to add nested components.