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API first Drupal CMS development

By Sudhilal KK | Sep 21, 2018

The pace of innovation in CMS development has been phenomenon - The API first development is also known as decoupled or headless application development is one of the top trending one in this list.

Three ways we can architecture the Drupal based applications: those are coupled, progressively coupled and decoupled. In traditional or coupled Drupal CMS development, the usual responsibilities are unbroken and have the complete control over the presentation and data layers. To attain a highly interactive user experience we required JavaScript. So in the progressively decoupled method, a JavaScript framework is layered on top of the Drupal front end. The presentation layer is completely separated from all other aspect of the CMS in the fully decoupled architecture. In this structure, CMS is just a data provider and JavaScript applications like React, Angular, Vue.JS etc. with server side rendering become responsible for front end rendering interacting with Drupal via web service API’s.

API first Drupal as a central data service or decoupled Drupal is the best way to expand your digital capabilities where you have Drupal backend services and APIs ready for multiple applications like website, mobile apps, connected devices, wearables, Internet of Things(IoT), etc. with right user experience. You can say this as ‘Create Once, Publish Anywhere’ [COPE] method. Other main advantage of decoupled Drupal is, you have a complete frontend freedom, where developers can create and deliver cutting-edge user experience using any other JS frameworks/tools.

Decoupled Drupal is appropriate when there more than one content consumer such as mobile apps, website, wearable devices etc. and of course if front-end teams requires full freedom to display the data/contents. The main advantage of decoupled Drupal are

  • Decouple Drupal development gives front-end specialists to have full control over the user interface and experience using any Java Script frameworks and tools.
  • Speed up the application performance by separating the presentation layer to the client-side.
  • Front developers has less dependency with the Drupal developers
  • Content can be reuse and consume by different applications such as mobile apps, website, etc.

Drupal @ NetiApps

We are one of the early adopters of Drupal and our team of expert developers have been responsible for some of the exciting and high performance Drupal applications. We deliver all sort of applications including corporate websites, enterprise portals, eCommerce websites, social networking & Intranet portals. 

To know more about our decoupled Drupal capabilities, please visit the below links

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Sudhilal KK

Project Delivery Manager, Business Development
Sudhilal plays a key role in strategy, planning, project delivery and business development for NetiApps. He works closely with the clients to offer custom-built solutions and project manages - planning and execution, budgeting, client relationship, alliances, business development among others. Sudhilal is an accomplished relationship builder who aligns with the client-first company strategy. He brings to the table rich and accomplished experience of successful closing of projects, every single time. He has a Master's Degree in IT and expertise in areas including: Software Engineering, Application Development, Business Analysis, Cost Estimation and Pre-Sales. In his free time, Sudhi likes to exercise his famous baritone and entertain friends with the latest hits.