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If you've built a website within the past 10 years, you've probably used a content management system (CMS) to make it happen. The thing is, something like WordPress is great for basic websites and blogs, but once you start growing and needing additional security and functionality, there is a lot left to be desired.
For growing websites and services that need increased functionality, updates, and tests, services like Platform.sh can help. The company helps websites, ecommerce companies, and more build and maintain a solid infrastructure that, without getting too technical, allows website owners and their dev teams a way to push continuous updates without worrying about breaking the front-end experience for customers.
Now, Platform.sh works with Strapi, a headless CMS, to allow dev teams and business owners a new way to build content and update code without affecting any front-facing website, app, or service. At its simplest explanation, think of a headless CMS as everything inside of Wordpress, except for the actual website. All of that backend content can then be cloned to allow for testing. That testing should be a perfect environment as it is a clone, meaning that updates can then be pushed without concern of error.
Why is a headless CMS important? It allows editors, developers, and managers a way to create content, code updates, and patch security issues without any downtime or negative user experiences on the front end. It also means that not everyone on your team has to be familiar with every aspect of the experience, which keeps things simple in a world that already sees many hands touching various aspects of an individual project.
That, combined with Platform.sh, allows developers to create new instances of a service in order to update code or deploy new software quickly and efficiently across various platforms like desktop websites, mobile sites, and dedicated apps.
Chris Yates, VP of marketing for Platform.sh, sums Strapi up nicely, stating, “Strapi decouples CMS from the presentation layer. This provides a ‘headless’ content distribution platform (driven by APIs and technologies like GraphQL) that developers can easily integrate with a variety of front-end tools. Strapi is also open source, meaning developers can augment and extend its capabilities on their own and benefit from the contributions of an active community.”
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