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How a headless CMS can help you scale a website

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December 29, 2022



Website scalability has grown more crucial as businesses and organisations depend more and more on websites to reach their audiences and accomplish their objectives. The ability of a website to accommodate more users and traffic without incurring performance problems or outages is referred to as scalability. Users may find it frustrating and potentially costly to utilise a website that cannot scale efficiently.

Utilizing a headless CMS such as Sanity CMS is one technique to increase a website's ability to scale. A content management system with a headless CMS separates the front-end presentation layer from the back-end content management. This division makes website design and development more flexible and makes website upkeep and upgrades simpler. We shall examine the precise methods through which a headless CMS might increase a website's scalability in this post.

Frontend/Backend separation

Using a headless CMS for website scaling has several advantages, one of which is the ability to modify the back-end content management system without affecting the front-end user interface. This is because, rather of being rendered directly in the website's HTML, the material is provided to the front-end through APIs. As a result, the CMS may be updated and modified without having to update the complete website.

Let's imagine, for illustration, that you wish to alter the homepage design of your website. With a conventional CMS, you would have to modify the homepage's HTML and CSS before deploying the modified code to the server. This can be time-consuming and dangerous because any coding errors could result in the website breaking or performing poorly.

On the other hand, if you use a headless CMS, any changes you make to the CMS will automatically update the website's front end. This is because the front-end and the CMS are different, and the front-end receives the material via APIs. This makes it simpler and quicker to make adjustments and enhancements to the website by enabling you to make updates and modifications to the CMS without having to distribute updates to the full website.

One data source, multiple frontends

The possibility to employ numerous front-end presentations for a single set of material is another advantage of using a headless CMS. For websites that need to be optimised for several platforms or devices, including mobile, tablet, and desktop, this can be helpful. The same content can be supplied to numerous front-ends utilising a headless CMS, making the website more effective and scalable.

Consider the case when your website needs to be optimised for both desktop and mobile use. The creation of different websites for each device would be necessary with a typical CMS, which would take a lot of time and upkeep. Contrarily, with a headless CMS, you may develop a single set of content and then provide it via APIs to numerous front-ends, each of which is tailored for a particular device or platform.

Users may access the same content regardless of the device they are using, enabling you to create a more seamless user experience. Additionally, it conserves time and money because there is only one collection of content to maintain rather than several iterations of the website.

Dev without developers

Making website adjustments without the help of a developer is another advantage of using a headless CMS. This is so that content updates can be made directly through the content management system interface, which is independent from the front-end. As updates can be made quickly and easily without the involvement of developers, this can save time and resources.

The reason this is specifically powerful with a "headless" CMS rather than a traditional "monolithic" CMS, is because the flexibility is endless, and the language is that of choice, rather than whatever the CMS forces upon you... We are looking at you Wordpress/PHP

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