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Joshua asks:March 16, 2023

Is WordPress a Headless CMS?

My WordPress site has been slow lately, and I've heard that using a headless CMS can improve speed and make the site more responsive. I'm curious to know if I can use WordPress as a headless CMS to fix these problems without changing to a new platform.

Thom Krupa

WordPress isn't a headless CMS by default, but you can definitely make it one by using its REST API or plugins like WPGraphQL.

If you're dealing with a slow WordPress site and are thinking about going headless, I suggest checking out our case study about the Backlinko website migration from regular WordPress to headless WordPress: Backlinko Case Study. This real-life example shows how going headless can lead to better performance, more flexibility, and easier scaling.

For a deeper dive into Headless WordPress, have a look at our easy-to-follow guide: Headless WordPress. This guide will help you understand the basics of headless setups, why you might want to use WordPress as a headless CMS, and how to make the switch using the REST API or WPGraphQL plugin.

Some of the cool benefits of going with Headless WordPress are:

  1. Faster websites: By separating the front-end from the CMS, your site can load more quickly and feel more responsive.
  2. Flexibility: You can pick the best front-end technology (like React, Angular, or Vue.js) to create an awesome user experience.
  3. Easier updates: Developers can work on the front-end and back-end independently, which makes updates and maintenance simpler.
  4. Better caching and content delivery: You can use Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) and caching more effectively, so your content loads faster for users around the world.

So, even though WordPress isn't a headless CMS out of the box, you can turn it into one using its REST API or plugins like WPGraphQL. Going headless with WordPress can help you fix performance problems, make your site more responsive, and enjoy the perks of a headless CMS. Just keep in mind that you'll need some technical know-how or help from developers to make the switch.

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Thom Krupa

Co-founder of Bejamas. Focuses on helping people create faster and better websites and apps. Never bet against the Web.

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