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We are going headless and serverless, and you should probably do it too

Headless sites are the future; why? They are fast, easy to manage, and consume almost no resources unless is needed. If we combine that with a serverless infrastructure, you get the best of both worlds

Rowland Saer

Rowland Saer

May 03, 2021

4 min read

We are going headless and serverless,  and you should probably do it too

Headless sites are the future; why? They are fast, easy to manage, and they consume almost no resources unless needed. If we combine that with a serverless infrastructure, you get the best of both worlds

The concept is a bit hard to understand. Still, according to Wikipedia, a Headless CMS (content management system) is a back-end only content management system (CMS) built from the ground up as a content repository that makes content accessible via an API for display on any device. The term “headless” comes from the concept of chopping the “head” (the front end, i.e., the website) of the “body” (the back end, i.e., the content repository)

Off with his head!

Our site has a CMS where we manage all the content as you do in WordPress, Joomla, or any other CMS, but our CMS is different, is an information hub or a content hub. We place all the content of our pages, posts, etc., is just full of structured content, titles, paragraphs, and descriptions that can be then called using the API and presented in all our websites, apps, or whatever we come up with, the best part? If you change it on the CSM, it changes everywhere. 

Let me explain the Headless thing with an example.

Seeed is a software development company this means that we have our customer protects and our own internal apps at the same time, we reached a point where each APP needs a site, so naturally, we started creating a WordPress site for each site, all of them with similar content, same about us same team section, same contact us, so a lot of content is the same because is the same company, so we started having issues to keep up with keeping the content up to date, not only that but we also had to optimize each site, each theme and each media gallery to the point that it fell stupid. 

Now we call the content from the CMS.

We love to standardize, we have created hundreds of sections for our Shopify, big commerce, and Miva themes, and we can use those sections for our front (there are all on tailwind CSS) and fill them with information from the CMS, this way once the content is there we can present it in any way we want. If we modify the content, all sites get updated automatically.

The best part, headless sites are freaking fast.

All the code behind the headless deployments is designed specifically to increase the site speed and the way that the content is served to the browser and indexed on the search engine,  

 

Seeed Pagespeed results on dev environment

 

Yes, that's a 95 score on a dev environment with no CDN on a completely designed page with more than 6 images and a banner.

 

Combined with a serverless infrastructure, headless is also environmentally friendly. 

Think of it; the site only renders what's needed. There's no server sitting there wasting energy or resources; the carbon footprint of your site or software solution is as low as it can be.

But why is not everybody jumping to headless? 

Well, headless is not for everyone or every company, but some signs can tell you that you may need to go headless:

1- You have more than one site or a site and an app

2- You want to centralize information, like your intranet, your site, or a nonprofit under one CMS

3- Page loading speeds are important for you

4- You need better organic ranking

5- You are expending too much on your infrastructure

There you have it, so is headless the future? Yes, it's fast, efficient, and less expensive to run and maintain; honestly, it is tough to find anything negative.

Welcome to the future!

 

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