Choosing a headless CMS without adjusting the content modeling is like driving a car without fuel

“Can you select a headless CMS for us” is a question we receive quite often lately. The answer is as typical as the question: “Of course we can, however - why do you prefer a headless CMS?” In most cases, it gets quiet after that.

Choosing a headless CMS (Content Management System) is an essential step in any digital project, whether it is a website, a mobile app, or a digital signage system. Headless CMS is a popular choice among developers and content creators due to its flexibility and scalability.

However, choosing a headless CMS without adjusting the content modeling is like driving a car without fuel. Meaning, it may not satisfy the project's requirements.

What is content modeling?

Content modeling is the process of structuring and organizing the content that will be managed by the CMS. It defines how content will be created, managed, and delivered. A well-defined content model ensures that the content is consistent, reusable, and easy to manage.

In the context of headless CMS, content modeling is even more important, because the content is decoupled from the presentation layer. Therefore, a poorly designed content model can cause significant problems down the line.

Page-oriented content modeling

Page-oriented content models focus on the layout and design of web pages. This type of model is more concerned with the presentation of information and how it is visually organized on a webpage.

Examples of page-oriented models include Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and Hypertext Markup Language (HTML).

Page-oriented models are particularly useful for web developers and designers who want to create visually appealing and interactive web pages.

Content-oriented content modeling

Content-oriented content models focus on the content itself and how it is structured and categorized. This type of model emphasizes the importance of metadata and semantic markup to help machines and humans understand the content.

Examples of content-oriented models include the Resource Description Framework (RDF) and the Web Ontology Language (OWL). Content-oriented models are particularly useful for search engines, data integration, and knowledge representation.

In summary, page-oriented content models are interesting when using a traditional CMS, but when you’re moving towards a headless CMS, the usage of content-oriented content models is a necessity.

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