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Headless CMS vs Traditional CMS

Advantages of headless CMS
Supports modern front-end frameworks to be used by developers today for a wide variety of applications
It can be used with Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to seamlessly get and send content between third-party systems. By exchanging information with these systems, you can often obtain customer data to use in your personalization efforts.
Efficient and fast
Ability to create targeted entities
The separation of design and data layers provides enhanced security.
Content can be defined the way the administrator wants it without confining them to the structure of the CMS.

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Disadvantages of headless CMS
Headless CMS is designed for developers and, as a result, is usually tricky for marketers to use if they don't have a technical background. Headless offers a limited number of traditional marketing tools, such as content preview, collaborative functionality, and on-page editing.
Requires third-party tools to create static pages quickly
It doesn't include security, caching, and infrastructure-based features.
You can't preview content.
Initial integration and configuration effort is more time and resource-intensive

Advantages of traditional CMS
Quick and easy to deploy and install for small businesses
Design templates make systems user-friendly for non-developers
Simple content management and collaboration
The platform centralizes all content, so you can easily plan, publish, and edit from one interface.
Lots of communities and resources to tap for support

Disadvantages of traditional CMS
Loss of flexibility as your website grows
Limited to creating web content
Requires additional resources for maintenance
Developers must have CMS-specific knowledge and skills

Conclusion: Choosing your CMS
A traditional CMS is an excellent place to start if you're a marketer or work on a small team beginning to design a website. However, if you are working with developers and don't want to rely on templates for your site, or if you need more advanced functionality, you could do well to go with a headless CMS. Choosing this option is only recommended if you have the time, resources, and expertise necessary to configure the system successfully.

There is also a third option: a hybrid CMS, a platform that gives both marketers and developers the freedom they need to deliver content across multiple channels. A hybrid CMS gives you the best of both worlds, providing marketers access to interfaces they're familiar with while allowing a developer to prepare content for third-party other applications. Whatever course you choose, take your time, test the systems and select the option that best fits your needs.

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