Pros and Cons of Headless CMS in Web Development

by Dipti Kumari Digital Marketing
A CMS (Content Management System), as the name suggests, is a collection of programs that allow users to create any website without coding. There are many such content management systems that are in use these days, including WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla. 

Headless web development is one of the latest known content management systems in web development. Content management systems work using themes or pre-built plugins of functionality and UI. In most cases, the backend is written in PHP and the front-end is a combination of CSS, HTML, and JavaScript. 

The users maintain and update the website using a user-friendly admin panel, from which they can add or remove content, pages, and so on. Also, many of these systems are free or open-source content management systems, so CMSs have a very large community of contributors who constantly add new features.

For these all reasons, content management systems are very popular and also a very powerful tool. Businesses, big or small, have access to these affordable technologies allow them to build websites with great user experience.

CMS is extremely customizable, so the possibilities for websites are endless. But for now, let's focus on the latest renowned Headless CMS.

Headless CMS

A headless CMS consists of only three parts, unlike the other traditional content management systems. These three parts are - the database, admin panel, and reading/writing integrations.

As the name suggests the front-end or the head of the website is removed. Headless CMS works in the absence of the "View Layer". That's why developers building a headless CMS have much freedom of choice between using any front-end technology they are familiar with. Today, there are dozens of headless CMS available, each of them is unique and also is amazing in its own way. 

Headless CMS Pros and Cons

The very first pro is the freedom of using the right front-end technology for each and every project- this also means that the headless CMS is cross-platform technology. However, this is also a drawback as it limits access for non-technical people to develop a website. For these kinds of people, there is Headless Commerce Development Company, which can handle all the limitations for non-technical people.

Headless CMS are of two types - API driven and GIT driven. API-driven headless CMS are fats and scalable. Since they rely on external APIs, they can be messy and costly.

On the other side, GIT-driven headless CMS re-deploy any change in the GIT repository. This makes a smooth development experience and keeps track of all the changes, ensuring the backup, and all the GIT benefits. However, if the user wants cross-platform headless CMS, things may get complicated.

Finally, the biggest advantage of using the headless CMS is that it does not rely on plugins. This also means that developers would have to build all the functionality from the ground up.


Headless CMS actually comes down to the requirements of every project, budget, and deadline. Headless technologies are amazing and they can create anything that the user dreams of. Hope this article helps you consider the pros and cons of headless CMS and help you make the best decision for your project.

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