June 3rd, 2020 × #CMS#Headless CMS#Web Development

Headless CMS Break Down & Roundup

This podcast episode provides a breakdown of headless CMS options, including hosted, self-hosted and API-based systems. Scott and Wes discuss key considerations when evaluating CMS choices and provide an overview of popular options in each category.


In this episode of Syntax, Scott and Wes talk about headless content management systems — why you might want to use one, things you should take into account, and more!

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Show Notes

02:38 - What and why

  • A headless CMS doesn't mean you have to use a static site generator
  • A headless CMS has an API:
    • REST
    • GraphQL
    • GROQ
  • A headless CMS can pipe its content into:
    • Static Site on build - like Gatsby
    • An app on run/refresh
    • An existing website - widget
  • What makes a CMS? Do you need a UI?
  • What is the threshold?
  • Is a hotdog a sandwich?
  • Things to think about when choosing an API
    • Auth - Rules + roles + levels
  • How easy is it to create new data types?
    • Is it code or UI?
    • Can my mom use it?
  • Can you create one-off content types? (e.g. settings pages)
  • Custom workflows
    • dRafts, revisions, roll backs
  • How are images handled? Do you need another service for that?
  • Pre-determined UI
    • Is custom UI possible?
    • Two-way relationships?
    • Tags?
  • Data validation?
    • UI + API?
  • Hosting?
  • Pricing?
  • Content movability?
    • Can you get your data out?
    • Schemas
    • Users
    • Revisions
  • CORS or realtime API?
  • APIs
    • Can you insert data via the API? (or just pull)
    • Node API
    • Importing data

24:37 - Hosted

36:59 - Self-Hosted

44:33 - API (BYOUI)

47:37 - Git Based

50:30 - Other


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