What is the best headless CMS?

Strapi
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Strapi

Strapi is a free and open source headless CMS developed with JavaScript for Node.js. The software makes it really simple to generate REST and GraphQL APIs. Simply create your database schema and relationships in the Strapi admin panel UI, and Strapi will auto-generate API endpoints to represent the data structures provided. Strapi comes packed with features you come to expect from normal CMS's such as authentication, authorization, content management and a media library. The software can be used for free and can be self-hosted on any server and platform. Extra enterpise functionallity is currently being developed, and will be sold at cost.

Suggested by Freddie Freddie
TOP PROS
Auto-generated GraphQL API and schema with the help of the "Shadow CRUD"

Possibly the fastest way to create a basic GraphQL API. With the help of Strapi graphQL plugin you can have your GraphQL API up and running in a matter of minutes. Where all necessary types and resolvers are auto-generated by Strapi's Shadow CRUD system. Simply install the plugin, and you can start using your GraphQL API with GraphiQL interface at /graphql.

Freddie Freddie
Quick and easy installation

I love the fact that Strapi is extremely easy to install. The Strapi CLI will guide you through the process of installing the headless CMS manually. A bunch of one-click-install's and containers are available for third-party platforms and hosting providers as well.

Millen Millen
TOP CONS
Does not handle database migrations

Strapi is a fantastic open-source CMS and API creation tool for frontend developers. However, one of the biggest concerns I have with Strapi is that your application does not record nor manage database migrations after schema changes to your database. This is a crucial part of building a sound and future proof application, without a record of schema changes things can get hairy quickly. It's kinda like building an application without using Git to track code changes.

Freddie Freddie
Directus
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Directus

An open-source tool for managing content across all your omni-channel digital experiences. Directus is free and open-source headless CMS written in PHP, that takes a data first approach. Developers and content creators use Directus to manage content and generate a powerful API that can be used by any frontend technology. Directus can be self-hosted and is absolutely free.

Suggested by Catana Catana
dotCMS
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dotCMS

A hybrid content management system that includes classic CMS and Headless CMS features. With dotCMS content managers can create content that fuels the brand experience. The API-first approach provided by the headless part of dotCMS allows developers to build extremely fast front-ends with popular third-party front-end framework and deliver content optimally. The content management system allows content creators to build engaging and memorable content that can be reused across sites.

Suggested by Metaphase Metaphase
Mura
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Mura

The Mura CMS platform makes it easier & faster to build and update websites. The content management system was created to free content managers from distraction of multiple tools, the worry of steep learning curves, and a clear need to tell the right story, to the right audience, at the right time. Mura is loved by content managers, content contributors, marketers and developers alike.

Suggested by Vanilla Vanilla
Netlify CMS
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Netlify CMS

Netlify CMS is a static site generator that is based on client-side JavaScript with a reusable APIs and prebuilt Markup. Simply pull in Netlify CMS to /admin of you site and you have an SPA (Single Page Application) admin panel that can edit content stored in a Git repository. Serving applications like this, the JAMstack way, improves performance, lowers cost of scaling and provides for a better development experience.

Suggested by fossa fossa
Storyblok
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Storyblok

A headless & API-based CMS with an opt-in head and a visual editor. With Storyblok you can manage your content through an intuitive dashboard and access that data though the content delivery API, as nested JSON. Storyblok is an open-source software and can be used as such, but is also provided as a commercially hosted, cloud rendering service. As a front-end developer you can choose to work with any template engine, framework or system of your choice.

Suggested by lydiaz lydiaz
ButterCMS
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ButterCMS

ButterCMS is a commercial headless content management system and content API. With ButterCMS you can quickly setup your very own headless CMS that supports In-browser editing. Where you can quickly find and filter your images and files, update and schedule content and serve you assets over a content delivery network.

Suggested by Bobba Bobba
Contentstack
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Contentstack

With Contentstack, content and marketing teams are able to publish content with a much higher frequency than ever before. Contentstack brings business and technology teams closer together by providing a personalized, omnichannel experience with a visual editor alongside content scheduling and publishing management tools.

Suggested by johnX johnX
HashBrown CMS
1

HashBrown CMS

A free and open-source headless CMS built with Node.js and MongoDB.

Suggested by Dana Dana
Prismic
1

Prismic

Prismic is a commercial headless CMS and content (Content-as-a-Service) platform. With Prismic you can get your backend infrastructure and API up in the matter of minutes, so that you can focus on building the frontend that will be shown to your readers. The feature rich backend content management system provided by Prismic is free to use for one admin, and commercially provided to organizations with large content management teams.

Suggested by Ratchet Ratchet
Rooftop
0

Rooftop

Rooftop is a open source and managed, API-only implementation of the WordPress CMS. With Rooftop, developers can harness the power of WordPress and write frontends in any language. Rooftop can be used to build websites, web applications and mobile applications.

Suggested by Zack Zack
PushTable
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PushTable

PushTable is an API-driven Serverless CMS that is powered by Google Firestore. With PushTable, you can manage your data with easy. It provides flexible data structures with direct table inputs making it a perfect tool for front-end developers and development agencies alike. Since PushTable is powered by Google Firestore, the setup process is minimal and let's you get started building your API, almost right away.

Suggested by Chronode Chronode
Contentful
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Contentful

Contentful is a modern headless CMS that integrates with development teams and their workflows. With an API-first approach, implementing Contentful into an existing application is easier than ever. The content management system features a customizable interface, content modeling, and cloud-based governance. With Contentful you can have a RESTful API setup in minutes, which integrates well with your existing architecture.

Suggested by Dana Dana
Cockpit
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Cockpit

Cockpit is a self-hosted headless and api-driven CMS. With Cockpit you can manage any structured content for your website, web app or mobile application.

Suggested by Anderson Anderson
WordPress
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WordPress

WordPress powers roughly 30% of all web pages online. It's a free and open source CMS designed and developed for self-hosted publishing by Automattic, Inc. The software is written in PHP and utilize either MySQL or MariaDB as a database, and is compatible with most web hosts. Wordpress includes a plugin architecture and a templating system that can be used to extend and customize your website. These are commonly known as WordPress plugins and WordPress themes and make up a whole open source and commercial eco-system where anyone is free to create products for the platform. 

Suggested by WPgeorge WPgeorge

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