Headless Blog Engine a Welcome Sight

ButterCMS’ headless blogging platform is something the industry needs to see more often. PHOTO: Alexas_Fotos

Chicago-based ButterCMS is a headless content management system that comes with either a bundled or standalone headless blog engine.

Originally built as an alternative to WordPress as a blogging platform, ButterCMS is now a full-fledged CMS that integrates with existing websites and apps to deliver content headlessly, decoupling content from the website itself.

For some context, CMSWire spoke to ButterCMS co-founder and CEO Jake Lumetta.

Lumetta says that he and Co-founder Abi Noda developed ButterCMS when they ran into some WordPress-shaped problems while working at a technology startup.

“There was a business requirement to add a blog to our site, [which is obviously] a very common scenario. So we went down the default path most companies go down: We set up and custom-themed a WordPress instance,” Lumetta said.

“It seemed like a safe bet, but it turned out to be a very expensive and time-consuming process to customize WordPress to look and behave the way we wanted. Adding a blog or CMS capability to any modern technology stack should be dead simple. In our experience, it hasn’t been. That’s what Butter, with an API-first approach to content, aims to solve,” he said.

Their efforts have resulted in the hosted ButterCMS blog engine being completely headless.

Getting Started with ButterCMS

ButterCMS can integrate with any framework, but the ButterCMS team has also built out a robust library of SDKs + Framework plugins for Ruby, Rails, NodeJS, PHP, Laravel, .NET, Python, Django, Javascript and React.

Along with framework-agnostic headless content management and delivery, ButterCMS serves up the following features:

  • Custom content types
  • Media library
  • CDN for assets
  • WYSIWYG editor
  • Testing environment
  • Content previews
  • Content localization
  • Webhooks

Creating Workspaces

To create pages, chunks of text or any other content type, you’ll need to…

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