The decoupled or “headless” CMS is rising in popularity among developers because of its capabilities for innovation, flexibility, and future-proofing. Building WordPress-powered websites via the WordPress REST API and the Create React App is a relatively new, but very powerful phenomenon. During the 2017 WP Engine Summit, Phil Crumm, Director of Strategy at 10up, and Weston Ruter, the CTO at XWP, discussed how to take advantage of headless WordPress, create meaningful user experiences, and harness all of the capabilities of a decoupled infrastructure. How do we define Headless? It can be difficult to define Headless because there are many varying perspectives. Often people mistakenly refer to other types of deployments as headless. However, the common denominator for headless and WordPress is the REST API. There are also different variations of the separation of WordPress, the CMS, and the front-end. So how many people refer to headless is you have the WordPress front-end and back-end still on the same environment but the front-end is decoupled from the back-end. However, there are different variations. Headless “light” refers to when the REST API is serving
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