Why Headless CMS Might Be the Better Choice for Your Next Website

3 min readMay 15, 2023


In recent years, headless CMS has gained a lot of attention and become a popular alternative to traditional CMS like WordPress. While both platforms have their strengths and weaknesses, headless CMS offers several unique benefits that make it a better solution for certain types of websites.

Let’s explore the advantages and disadvantages of both solutions.

Traditional CMS like WordPress

WordPress is a popular CMS that powers 40% of the websites on the internet. It is known for its user-friendly interface, easy-to-use plugins, and customizable themes. However, WordPress is a monolithic platform where the front-end and back-end are tightly coupled, meaning that the website’s design and functionality are closely connected.

We often combine solutions using other technology stack in addition to WordPress. This is the way we have developed a website that helps finding soothing or exciting music for pets. In this case we used PHP, JS and SQL for development of custom functionality which is embedded in WordPress with WooCommerce development. This way we created the website in a short time since the client had a limited time to launch the project.

Pros of traditional CMS:

  1. User-friendly interface: WordPress is a user-friendly platform with an intuitive interface that allows users to easily create and manage their websites.
  2. Large community and support: WordPress has a large community of developers and users who contribute to the platform’s development, creating plugins and themes to enhance functionality and design.
  3. Built-in SEO capabilities: WordPress is SEO-friendly, with built-in optimization features that help websites rank higher on search engines.

Cons of traditional CMS:

  1. Limited flexibility: The front-end design and functionality of WordPress are closely tied to the back-end, limiting the ability to customize and scale the website.
  2. Security concerns: As a popular platform, WordPress is frequently targeted by hackers, making it more vulnerable to security breaches. Our blog recently published an article on WordPress security best practices, outlining how to resolve common security issues. You can find the article here: https://afterlogic.medium.com/wordpress-security-best-practices-to-keep-your-website-safe-c80e0ae10691
  3. Slow performance: WordPress websites can be slow to load due to the heavy use of plugins and themes.

Headless CMS

Headless CMS, on the other hand, is a platform where the front-end and back-end are decoupled, meaning that the content and data are stored in the back-end, while the front-end design and functionality are managed separately through an API.

One of the examples is an Eastern European fashion site. For our client we created an admin panel for updating information on the site using Sanity.io and Next.js (React+Node.js). This allowed us to create a fast platform and, with an increase in traffic volume, ensure high site performance.

Pros of headless CMS:

  1. Flexibility and scalability: Headless CMS allows for more flexibility and scalability, as the front-end design and functionality can be customized and scaled independently of the back-end.
  2. Improved performance: Headless CMS is faster and more lightweight than traditional CMS, as it does not rely on plugins and themes.
  3. Better security: Headless CMS is more secure, as it does not expose the back-end to the front-end, reducing the risk of security breaches.

Cons of Headless CMS:

  1. Higher learning curve: Headless CMS requires a higher level of technical expertise and a more complex development process than traditional CMS.
  2. More time-consuming: Headless CMS requires more time to set up and develop than traditional CMS.


It’s important to note that WordPress can also be used as a headless CMS, which provides almost the same flexibility and scalability benefits as other headless CMS options. However, it’s essential to weigh the pros and cons of both traditional and headless CMS before making a decision, based on your website’s specific requirements. While traditional CMS like WordPress are a good fit for simple websites with basic functionality, headless CMS such as Sanity.io and Contentful are a better choice for complex websites that require more flexibility and scalability.

Our company has expertise in developing headless CMS websites, including WordPress, Sanity.io, and Contentful. We can help you identify which CMS is the best fit for your needs and create a custom solution tailored to your specific requirements.

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