Umbraco CMS goes headless for multiple digital touchpoints

Open source content management system (CMS) provider Umbraco has announced its latest major release.

Umbraco 12 includes headless functionality to support multi-channel content delivery.

As the world moves to the use of ‘multiple digital touchpoints’, a growing number of brands are extending web content to mobile devices, wearables, gaming platforms, kiosks and smart speakers. 

By decoupling back-end content from traditional front-end web interfaces, thus making the CMS ‘headless’, the same marketing content can be adapted to different publishing environments to provide a consistent brand experience, regardless of the interface.

With the Content Delivery API included in the core CMS, developers working with Umbraco 12 can use a common headless foundation to collaborate on projects and move between Umbraco 12 projects, Heartcore (the Umbraco headless SaaS service detailed here) and hybrid environments to meet client requirements.

“Previously, when clients commissioned an omni-channel project, digital agencies had to use a package or develop their own headless functionality. With Umbraco 12, headless is already enabled within the core CMS to make content available on multiple digital touchpoints,” said Umbraco’s head of CMS, Bjarke Berg. 

Key features of Umbraco 12 includes content Delivery API to publish content across multiple digital touchpoints; a common headless foundation within the core CMS eases project collaboration and migration; end-clients’ omnichannel projects can be more easily supported; and Entity Framework Core support speeds development when working with custom database tables.

Explaining why web developers and digital agencies might still opt to use Umbraco’s headless SaaS, Heartcore, Kristian Egebæk-Carlsen, head of cloud at Umbraco said, “As Heartcore is delivered as a cloud-based service, it offers many benefits including automated updates and the inclusion of GraphQL querying language, content delivery network features and image caching, so it’s incredibly fast.”

For projects that are 100% omni-channel, but don’t require the development and integrations involved in a full site build, Umbraco states that Heartcore is still the best option for pure headless content. 

Because the same Content Delivery API can now be the foundation for all headless and hybrid projects, everyone may be able to benefit from the Umbraco open source community collaboration, feedback and contributions.

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