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Which CMS is right for you?

Are you wondering whether you should use a headless content management system or not? This page will help you understand the differences between Headless vs. Traditional CMS and between Kontent and the other solutions on the market. This way, you can consider all the pros and cons to make the best decision for your business.

Headless CMS vs. Traditional CMS

Traditional CMSs are bundling many features into a single offering, with marketing automation, asset management, and e-commerce often included. Headless CMSs offer a best-of-breed approach that focuses on providing the best solution to produce and deliver content. That includes promoting flexibility, a user-friendly interface, the freedom to choose any technologies or services to address the other aspects of your digital experience, and many more advantages.

When searching for the right content management system, you may have come across the term decoupled CMS. This type of CMS solution has a front-end and a back-end that don't necessarily communicate. Simply put, a decoupled CMS results in increased development costs and slower overall project delivery.

Why companies chose Headless CMS over Traditional CMS

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Freedom to choose your technology stack, content models, and services to create any online experience

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Flexibility for Marketers to focus on content management while Developers focus on building engaging experiences

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Focus on delivering best-of-breed content production and delivery

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Agility to reuse content across websites, channels, and devices

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Modern technologies, such as Software-as-a-Service, microservices, and static site generators

Key characteristics

Headless CMS

Traditional CMS

Delivery model

Software-as-a-Service

On-premise/hosted

Technology Stack

Unlimited

.NET, Java, etc.

Channels

Multichannel

Primarily Websites

Integrations

Best-of-breed

All-in-one

Pricing

Subscription, pay-as-you-go

Licenses + Ongoing Maintenance

Headless CMS

Delivery model

Software-as-a-Service

Technology Stack

Unlimited

Channels

Multichannel

Integrations

Best-of-breed

Pricing

Subscription, pay-as-you-go

Traditional CMS

Delivery model

On-premise/hosted

Technology Stack

.NET, Java, etc.

Channels

Primarily Websites

Integrations

All-in-one

Pricing

Licenses + Ongoing Maintenance

Comparing Headless CMS

Kontent by Kentico is the only headless CMS that focuses on the needs of enterprise business users while also enabling developers to build engaging digital experiences. This approach empowers more employees to partake in their company’s marketing efforts, leading to better content, more engaging experiences, and improved outcomes for their customers.

The only headless CMS with

Web Spotlight

Web Spotlight empowers business users to build and manage their websites within the context of each page while all content remains free to be reused across any other pages, websites, or digital channels.

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Collections

Collections empower enterprises to eliminate content silos and manage all their content in a single repository. This makes it possible to establish a unified content strategy that improves quality and consistency across departments and geographic regions.

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CMS feature comparison

Traditional CMSs

Cloud-based Saas

Multiple Environments

Delivery & Management APIs

Sometimes

Content Tree Structure

Real-time Collaboration

Mostly no

Multichannel Optimization

Limited

Web Channel Optimization

Cloud-based Saas

Multiple Environments

Delivery & Management APIs

Content Tree Structure

Real-time Collaboration

Multichannel Optimization

Web Channel Optimization

Cloud-based Saas

Multiple Environments

Delivery & Management APIs

Content Tree Structure

Real-time Collaboration

Multichannel Optimization

Web Channel Optimization

Cloud-based Saas

Multiple Environments

Delivery & Management APIs

Content Tree Structure

Real-time Collaboration

Multichannel Optimization

Web Channel Optimization

Traditional CMSs

Cloud-based Saas

Multiple Environments

Delivery & Management APIs

Sometimes

Content Tree Structure

Real-time Collaboration

Mostly no

Multichannel Optimization

Limited

Web Channel Optimization

Considering re-platforming from traditional monolithic CMS or DXP

See why global organizations choose Kontent over traditional Enterprise vendors such as Sitecore, Episerver or SDL.

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