Umbraco's Headless CMS | Oblongata

An Insight into
Umbraco’s Headless
Content Management System

Josh Thompson-Smith Jan 30, 2024
CEO of Oblongata, Josh Thompson-Smith

A headless content management system (CMS) is a CMS that is backend-only and comes without any frontend presentation layer.

In a traditional CMS you have a body and a head that is dependent on each other. The body is the backend where all of the website code is handled and the content is created and stored. The head is the presentation layer, where you can see how your content will look to your users. These are connected and coupled together, so when you create or edit content in your back office - your CMS’ body - you can see how it looks in the frontend - your CMS' head.

But in today's world, web content is consumed through numerous different screens and devices and to handle all that content, coupling the backend and frontend might end up doing more harm than good. That's why the headless architecture was developed - to give you more flexibility in a complex world of new "heads".

The Umbraco CMS is not a headless CMS out-of-the-box. But due to the way it's built and the powerful flexibility and extendibility it has, it can be made into a headless CMS if you want to use it that way.

Umbraco's headless CMS essentially means that content is managed and stored independently from the front-end display. This separation enables content to be effortlessly distributed across various platforms and channels, ensuring a consistent and coherent message across the digital landscape. Whether it's a website, mobile app, or any other digital touchpoint, Umbraco's headless CMS empowers businesses to deliver content seamlessly.

One of the key advantages of Umbraco's headless CMS is its flexibility. Developers can utilise their preferred technologies and frameworks for building the front-end, as the content is delivered through APIs. This approach allows for a more agile and adaptable development process, accommodating the ever-evolving digital environment.

Umbraco's headless CMS also promotes collaboration between content creators and developers. Content teams can focus on crafting engaging and relevant material without being constrained by the intricacies of the presentation layer. Simultaneously, developers can work on enhancing the user experience and ensuring optimal performance without being hindered by the content creation process. This collaboration fosters a more streamlined workflow, ultimately leading to a more efficient and cohesive digital presence.

Scalability is another key aspect where Umbraco's headless CMS shines. As businesses grow and diversify their digital channels, the headless architecture allows for the seamless addition of new platforms without disrupting the existing infrastructure. This adaptability ensures that organisations can easily expand their digital footprint and reach a broader audience without the complexities often associated with scaling content management systems.

Umbraco's headless content management system is a compelling solution for businesses aiming to elevate their digital presence in 2024 and beyond. Contact Oblongata to explore this subject in more detail.