What is a Content Services Platform

The concept of a Content Services Platform (CSP) is the trend of these past years. It is built as a content repository where you can store your content and reach it through RESTful APIs. It is reactive: another system requests the content as and when it is needed. Since it is headless, there is no user interface (except for a built-in generic admin UI), giving you freedom to build it according to your requirements. Due to its API-first concept, it is easy to integrate with and provides more freedom to developers to choose framework for their projects.

What is a CSP anyway?

  • loosely connected, often interchangeable components
  • easy to integrate with
  • scalable
  • fast and flexible content delivery
  • future-proof
  • few publisher and developer dependencies
  • simple deployment
  • good for content centric solutions

Advantages of a CSP compared to a traditional CMS

Content Services PlatformTraditional CMS
IntegrationEasy to integrate due to its API-first approachAll the content and the source code coexist and are bounded tightly, increasing complexity
FlexibilityOptional technology stack (database, framework, programming language)Site must be written with a specific programming language or with a specific framework
CustomizabilityFully customizableBuilt-in UI building blocks that you can choose from and customize

Use cases

  • Build web applications with a technology you are familiar with
  • Native Mobile Apps
  • Enrich product information on ecommerce sites
  • Realize solutions for special business needs
  • In case fully customized UI is required