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

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 the ‘Create Once, Publish Anywhere’ [COPE] method. Another main advantage of decoupled Drupal is, you have 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 is more than one content consumer such as mobile apps, websites, wearable devices, etc., and of course, if front-end teams require full freedom to display the data/contents. The main advantage of decoupled Drupal is

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

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