Get rid of your CMS and go light with Contentful

Author: Shane Larson
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Contentful is a easy to use cloud-based CMS that provides a rich set of API's.

In the web 2.0 era, content management frameworks for the web made it possible to create dynamic websites without as much heavy lifting. This opened the door for tons of companies to be able to create content quickly without having the rebuild the wheel for each and every website. Frameworks like Drupal and Wordpress became the norm.

One major drawback to those frameworks was their size. Installing one of these on a web server involves a huge file transfer of thousands of PHP, HTML, CSS and JavaScript files, all of which need to be maintained and represent a form of technical debt.

Now that cloud services have begun to mature, we are beginning to see many solutions to this. Contentful is a microservice provider of a custom CMS that gets rid of the giant framework and moves out of the way of both the content creator and the software developer.

Contentful allows a content editor to login to their space and create content or content types. It then provides a rich set of APIs to developers so that they can create a truly customized look and feel for their customers without the maintenance hassle.

It's free to try the service, and you can get started within moments of setting up an account.

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