Headless vs Monolith CMS: Which Is Best for Your Business?

Updated: Sep 13, 2021

When presented with the option of monolithic or microservice (headless) architecture, many business owners don’t know which would be best for their needs. The first step is to fully understand the difference between the two content management systems (CMS).

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Monolithic Architecture

Monolithic architecture is considered one of the more traditional choices. The idea behind this type of CMS is to interconnect all functionalities and make them codependent. It is often referred to as providing an all-in-one or “coupled” system that pulls in everything necessary for managing all content on the web.

Microservice Architecture

Microservice architecture is an application consisting of a suite of small services. It is a microservices-based application that uses lightweight mechanisms to communicate between the various services focused on business goals that can be deployed separately or together through automation. There is minimal centralized management with this type of architecture, making the system “headless” because it does not function as a unified workflow system.


A Decline in Popularity

Monolithic architecture has seen a decline in popularity as consumer demand has evolved. More people than ever before are choosing mobile internet over desktop. Because of this, the “all-in-one” element of monolithic architecture has become more of a hindrance than a helper.

As consumers demand experiences on a variety of devices and channels, monolithic architecture just can’t deliver. Microservice architecture can handle the complexity of product chains and marketing content delivery. Even some eCommerce giants have converted to microservice architecture, including Amazon.

While not every business is suited for microservice architecture, the majority find that it suits their needs. Some key advantages include:

Better Performance: It is easier to isolate specific services and grow them separately from the rest of the app as they’re performing well.

Less Breaks: Involves parallel development of the entire app with fewer breaks and overlaps between different services.

Enhanced Configuration: Easier to reconfigure, which allows for faster, independent delivery of specific portions.

Organization: Each service has its own codebase, which means better overall organization among services.


To learn more about the different types of CMS architecture and which one would best suit your business needs, contact the experts at Fourmangos today!






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