We talked in a prior post about what headless CMSs are and why they’re useful, but for those who are new to them, we’ll give a brief overview:
A “CMS” or “Content Management System” allows users to use an editing interface to author content, and store images, text, files, and documents in a database. But just because you authored content and stored data doesn’t mean it’s being “presented” in any way to anyone. That’s why all traditional CMS’s have an integrated “head” which presents the information in the form of HTML on a traditional website.
However, if you ever need to re-purpose the content on your website for use with voice interfaces (like Amazon Alexa or Google Home), use XML files with a podcast, or present some of your web material on airport screens, these all require different formats. You’re using the same content, but the delivery is different from traditional HTML websites.
A headless CMS severs the traditional HTML head and allows you to use your same CMSs content authorship and database systems for various different presentations via APIs.
Top Headless CMS Recommendations
If you’re a creative agency or marketing firm looking to setup a client on a headless CMS, these are a few of our top recommendations:
As with many headless CMSs out there, Prepr.io gives users strong, customization control of content delivery and collaboration, and allows for content to be published to multiple sites.
Another huge advantage to Prepr.io is their A-B testing capabilities. The Prepr.io platform allows for A-B testing of different menus, headers, images, buttons, and more, making marketing analytics, ROI tracking, and results-driven improvement possible.
All-in-all, Preper.io is a solid selection for creative agencies trying to get more for their clients out of a headless CMS!
Either you find that name really gross or really satisfying – in either case, it’s an insanely powerful headless CMS for creative agencies and marketers.
ButterCMS’s interface is super user-friendly, which greatly reduces the learning curve for new headless CMS users. Also, the program was built with marketers and developers in mind. API’s are incredibly easy to set up, it supports a wide array of tech stacks, and all API’s are cached globally, improving the performance and speed of your site tremendously for international users.
For marketers, ButterCMS has built in SEO-guidelines for metadata, keyword usage, and descriptions. It also features a WYSIWYG (what-you-see-is-what-you-get) editor for easily designing web and application
Seriously, what’s up with all these “.io” websites? It is like it’s trendy or something. Besides the point…
Zesty.io is a powerful headless CMS built, once again, for both the developer and the marketer, which makes it incredibly powerful for creative agencies seeking to work with outsourced development for
Zesty.io shares most of the same commonalities with the aforementioned headless CMS platforms. It has built in SEO optimization tools which are great for creative agencies and marketers alike. It’s a secure platform that’s efficient, easy to use (and easy to learn), and effective for creative types as well as developers.
Best Headless CMS
Most headless CMS’s are really similar. You’re going to find that the functionality of most of these headless CMS’s is comparable if not, in some cases, the exact same. For that reason, we can’t offer an
opinion on which headless CMS is “the best”, but any of the 3 listed here will work great.
We have plenty of experience working with headless CMS’s and can inform you on many more benefits (as well as drawbacks) they may have for your project. If you have any questions about headless CMS’s,
other CMS platforms, or development in general, let us know! We’d be happy to answer your questions.