Acquia's putting the pedal to the metal in the headless race.
Recently, the digital experience platform provider released an open source headless starter kit within the company’s content management system, Acquia CMS. The kit expands existing Acquia CMS offerings, which empower organizations to accelerate the building of traditional Drupal-based applications.
Dubbed the "Acquia CMS Headless Starter Kit," the new solution gives developers a powerful set of tools to speed time to market, reduce operational costs, and gain flexibility in launching new digital initiatives quickly. Acquia introduced the new kit to developers at its customer and partner event, Acquia Engage.
Building on the growth of headless and hybrid Drupal apps
According to the company's press release, Acquia has many customers who have already built headless and hybrid Drupal applications to create innovative digital experiences. Headless and hybrid architecture makes it possible for organizations to deliver content to more than just a traditional web browser. With a headless CMS architecture, organizations can deliver content to digital signage, wearable devices, chatbots, mobile applications, kiosks, and more.
The Acquia CMS Headless Starter Kit gives organizations the tools they need to build a modern headless or hybrid application up to 50% faster, with Drupal as the backend that powers one or more frontends. Existing Drupal users can also leverage the Headless Starter Kit to extend their existing Drupal application.
“Managing content across current and emerging channels and devices is a major challenge for many organizations,” said Dries Buytaert, creator of Drupal and co-founder and CTO of Acquia. “As an accelerator for developing hybrid and headless applications, the Acquia CMS Headless Starter Kit offers out-of-the-box optimizations to reduce time to market with new and innovative digital experiences. This flexibility makes it possible for developers to use the components of Acquia CMS and Drupal that they need most—with the ultimate goal of getting the right content to the right user in the right channel at the right time.”
Leveraging Next.js to power frontend experiences
As headless strategies power more of the JAMstack, companies are turning to static site generators to deliver faster websites that are decoupled from a traditional CMS. To complement the Acquia CMS Headless Starter Kit, Acquia has also released a Next.js Starter Kit to help accelerate the build of frontend applications that display content created in the headless CMS. This combo gives organizations the ability to support both the front and backend of their digital content experiences.
"Headless and hybrid CMSes give organizations the freedom to use the newest frontend technology, while retaining their investment in their legacy systems and content backend,” said Marci Maddox, Research Vice President, Digital Experience Strategies, IDC. “This could be particularly attractive for commerce users, such as retailers, CPG companies, and others where brand managers require full control over the content that appears across multiple sites, or want the flexibility to change things such as site navigation or product categorization over time. The Acquia CMS headless starter kit can help organizations experience the benefits of a headless CMS; bringing together developers and content creators in a modern environment."
Key features of the Acquia CMS Headless Starter Kit
Here are a few of the noteworthy features in the Acquia CMS Headless Starter Kit:
- Specialized Headless Developer Role: Frontend developers have a dedicated role inside the CMS for accessing API docs and managing access for frontend applications connecting to the CMS.
- Marketer-friendly Content Preview: Users can preview content through their Next.js application from inside the CMS.
- Omni-channel Made Easy: Connect content to multiple frontends that communicate across multiple channels.
- Robust API Dashboard: A dedicated dashboard for frontend developers to manage all headless integration aspects with the CMS.
- Flexible Headless and Hybrid UI Modes: Users can operate in a pure headless mode or in hybrid mode where Drupal is still used to render a frontend.
- Simplified Data Modeling: Revamped admin navigation brings all the data modeling controls under a single menu that makes sense in a purely headless CMS.
The open source Acquia CMS Headless Starter Kit is freely available for download. To learn more about Acquia CMS, visit https://www.acquia.com/products/drupal-cloud/acquia-cms.
Acquia empowers the world’s most ambitious brands to create digital customer experiences that matter. With open source Drupal at its core, the Acquia Digital Experience Platform (DXP) enables marketers, developers, and IT operations teams at thousands of global organizations to rapidly compose and deploy digital products and services that engage customers, enhance conversions, and help businesses stand out. Learn more at https://acquia.com.