According to W3Tech’s technology surveys, about 61% of the internet is powered by CMS websites. Many of these are personal blogs or simple marketing websites used by small businesses. For the vast majority of these websites, a traditional CMS architecture is perfectly suitable. The content creators can create and publish content that will be served to their visitors by their CMS’ built-in or customized views and templates.
CMS platforms like WordPress and Squarespace make creating and designing a website relatively simple for non-technical users. However, WordPress is also a powerful CMS used by large companies that often have web applications with feature rich content, ecommerce, and data-driven user experiences. For this reason, and with considerations like website loading speed, many companies have chosen to decouple their CMS from the front-end presentation.
There are some drawbacks to a decoupled architecture, however.
If your business does not have the budget to hire a team of software developers or a consulting company, using a traditional CMS with free or comparatively affordable themes might be a better option.
A decoupled system essentially splits your application into at least two separate applications. Adding a second layer to your system means another layer that’s potentially vulnerable to attacks from hackers and other nefarious actors.
WordPress has seemingly endless features and third-party plugins that allow you to easily structure your site to be SEO friendly, preview unpublished content the way website visitors will see it, and handle things like redirects. These types of problems will need to be solved by your software developers instead of piggybacking off the work already completed and tested by others.
Decoupled CMS websites can be fast, flexible, and fun to use. As front-end technologies continue to evolve and improve, their use with decoupled CMS will likely grow. Depending on your website’s purpose, it may make sense to decouple the front-end from the back-end, but if you just have a traditional marketing website or personal blog, a decoupled CMS may be overkill.