Headless Drupal: New & Here to Stay

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  • 27 Sep, 2023


When it comes to building a website or web application, you want one that’s eye-catching, user-friendly, and helps you sell your product or service to your target audience effectively. Countless websites use Drupal as their content management system (CMS) to create and manage both the back end and front end of their website. Drupal gives the website developer the ability to create the right dynamic look while providing a high-quality experience for website visitors. Headless Drupal lets you have all the back-end power of Drupal with a perfectly customized front end experience.

What is Headless Drupal? 

Headless Drupal is when Drupal is only used on the back end of the website while the front end (what people see when they go to your website) is managed by other technologies. This makes Headless Drupal a powerful tool as it harnesses the excellent content and site management capabilities of Drupal while being flexible when necessary on the front end to utilize multiple technologies. Having multiple technologies to build the website helps you to create exactly the look and feel you’re going for with the web applications. Headless Drupal provides a ton of value for website developers, content creators, and website visitors alike. 

The Value of Headless Drupal  

As a website developer, Headless Drupal helps give the flexibility needed to create the most customized front-end website that fits our client’s needs to a tee. We can tailor the website accordingly while keeping it engaging and interactive, ideal for a good user experience.

For content creators, having Drupal as a familiar back end is helpful, while the front end can be used to help create a more engaging experience for the user. Finally, website visitors get an amazing experience visiting the website due to the way the website is designed. Headless Drupal makes for a faster website and creates a more engaging and interactive experience for the website visitor. For example, by having a separate front and back end to your site, your front end would retrieve data from the API instead of the server. This will help with loading times and ultimately improve the user experience.

The main value that is gained from Headless Drupal is the ability to harness Drupal’s back-end capabilities with the freedom to choose the right front-end tools necessary.

Disadvantages of Headless Drupal  

One of the biggest disadvantages of Headless Drupal is the fact that it’s pretty complicated to implement. You would need a decent amount of technical knowledge of both Drupal and the other technologies you decide to use on the front end to make it work nicely. Because of this, you would also likely spend more money, time, and resources to implement Headless Drupal than if you were to use Drupal itself. Unless you know what you’re doing or hire someone who does, it can be extra costly to maintain and update Headless Drupal websites.

At Xeno Media, We’re Thrilled About Headless Drupal  

Utilizing new technologies can always be a bit nerve-wracking to jump all in on, but by utilizing Headless Drupal for your website creation, you can rest assured that you’ll be getting the best end product available. We are so confident in Headless Drupal that we used it for creating our own website as a proof of concept. This technology is ideal to use to create the best possible website experience for visitors. While it can be complicated to implement on your own, hiring expert website developers, like our team at Xeno Media, can help you take your website to the next level.

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