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The Benefits of Using a Headless CMS with JAMstack

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@hamsaHamsa Harcourt

My name is Hamsa Harcourt, also called Freescript. I'm a Frontend Engineer enthusiastic about accessibility on the web.

This rise in content consumption using new channels, such as smart watches, POS, kiosks, gaming, consoles, voice-activated devices etc. are creating problems for the traditional CMS. This is because the traditional CMS was explicitly created for delivering Web content to websites. Consequently, the demand for a better solution was sought after which was the Headless CMS.

What is a Headless CMS?

A headless content management system, or headless CMS, is any content management system that separates the content layer (backend) from the presentation layer (frontend). Unlike traditional content management systems, a headless CMS is flexible and highly scalable. This is because developers retrieve data from the headless CMS and present it the way they want, which opens up many more possibilities.

The term “headless” comes from the concept of chopping the “head” (the front end, i.e. the website) off the “body” (the back end, i.e. the content repository).

What is JAMstack?

According to the JAMstack official documentation:

JAMstack is an architecture designed to make the web faster, more secure, and easier to scale. It builds on many of the tools and workflows which developers love, and which bring maximum productivity.

The JAMstack is able to achieve this because it does not require an origin server. It is not a "technology stack" because it does not dictate what technology to use.

Why JAMstack and Headless CMS?

The following are reasons to use a Headless CMS with JAMstack:

Frontend Flexibility

Unlike traditional content management systems, Headless CMS separates the presentation layer from the content of the site. Thus, developers are not bound to a specific framework. Similarly, JAMstack does not restrict developers to specific technologies. This, in the long run, helps business and organizations stand-out because they have a personalized user experience


With Headless CMS, developers can stay up-to-date with current technologies. This is because the presentation layer is separate from the content. As a result, JAMstack architecture is a perfect match.

Extra security

Since JAMstack sites require no origin servers, it makes them hard to attack. Also, security is provided internally by the various CMS providers. Thus, using a Headless CMS together with JAMstack makes a site extra secure.


It's no news that the JAMstack architecture makes sites very high performant. This is due to the fact that sites are served directly from a CDN. JAMstack, when used with a Headless CMS creates a great user experience. This in turn leads to a high conversion rate, hence growth.

Getting Started

There are a lot of options out there, and picking the right Headless CMS can be challenging. Here are some of the best options available according to G2 Crowd customers reviews:

Agility CMS

Agility CMS  is a Jamstack-ready, Content-First API-based Headless CMS. In the world of pure headless CMS and traditional monolithic CMSs, it is designed to offer the best of both worlds: fast and flexible environment for developers as well as easy and powerful tools for marketers. Agility CMS gives both developers and marketers the tools to build, manage, and maintain their content with ease offering built-in Page and Sitemap/URL Management. 


Contentful is an API-driven headless CMS designed to create, manage and distribute content to any platforms. It gives developers the tools to organize and structure the content their way. Contentful focuses on providing users with the tools to build custom content models for maximum customization. 

Kentico Kontent

Kentico Kontent is a headless CMS that simplifies content production for marketers so that they can focus on creating high-quality content without requiring developer involvement. This frees developers to focus on what they do best—building engaging online experiences that look great in every channel.

Jamstack.org also provides a comprehensive list of Content Management Systems for JAMstack Sites 


Using JAMstack with a Headless CMS is a great solution for organizations that want to scale. There are a lot of tools available to help get started. You can try to build a JAMstack Site with Gatsby or Next.js here.

Also published on: https://harcourt.hashnode.dev/why-use-a-headless-cms-with-jamstack

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