A UK Based Headless Agency
When you look at the vast majority of websites, you'll find that they are often built with two parts; the Front End (presentation layer) and a Back End (data layer). Usually these two layers are merged into a single unit. This is known as a Monolithic Architecture. If you have ever received a website that was built with WordPress, then your website is in this camp.
Is a Monolithic Website bad?
Monolithic Websites aren't bad. In fact, there are many successful websites that were built this way. However, there may come a time where your website will struggle to cope with large amounts of traffic, especially if customers visit your website from various parts of the World.
In this instance, your developer(s) will need to consider various strategies to help your website scale and cope with the demand. Some of these strategies include:
- Provisioning extra servers across multiple data centres
- Implementing load balancers to balance load between servers
- Devising an effective caching strategy
Whilst these strategies work, they require extra development effort and can be expensive. This is why companies often turn to the Headless model.
What is Headless?
With the Headless (or decoupled) model, the presentation and data layers are separated and so, thanks to a recent advancement in web development technologies, this abstraction introduces some fantastic benefits with less effort and lower costs.
Are there any drawbacks?
There are a number of trade-offs with a Headless website, so it's important to be strategic and cautious before taking the leap. We're experts in this field and host discovery sessions with our clients to identify the various factors that should be considered before determining whether you are ready to go headless.
Jamie Bradley has delivered discovery sessions and talks for the best part of five years surrounding the subject of Headless. With many talks under his belt and hundreds of hours in giving direction and collaborating with our team, we have the experience to take the lead on your next Headless project. We can help with:
- Migrating from a Monolithic to a Headless Architecture
- Headless Shopify Websites
- Bespoke Web Applications
- Future-proofing with a headless Architecture
- Implementing a Headless Architecture to improve your website's performance
What are the benefits of a Headless Architecture?
- Flexibility - With headless architecture, the front end can be developed using a variety of technologies and can be updated independently of the back end.
- Improved performance - Headless architecture can improve website performance since the front end and backend can be optimised separately.
- Better scalability - The separation of the front end and back end allows for easy scaling of individual components, leading to better overall performance as the website grows.
- Increased security - By separating the front from the backend, headless architecture can reduce the risk of security vulnerabilities in the website.
- Improved developer experience - Developers can focus on their area of expertise, whether it’s frontend development or backend development, leading to faster development times and higher quality code.
- Easy integration with other system - With APIs, headless architecture can easily integrate with other systems, such as mobile apps or IoT devices
Glen and StackUp Digital have been an integral part and extension of the Direct Oil team. Their technical knowledge, availability and efficiency have been excellent over the last 18 months.Ian Probert
Contact us to discuss how we can help you with your project today!