(Image credit/Pixabay/ Werner Moser)Umbraco has launched Umbraco Heartcore, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) “headless” content management system (CMS). The platform supports the structuring and sharing content across multiple platforms, devices and channels. Software development kits (SDKs) let app developers use the software language and platform of their choice. Developers can build configurable content management infrastructure for any website, smartphone, smartwatch or other smart (Internet of Things—IoT) device. According to Umbraco, its headless CMS platform is built on the flexible, friendly and full-featured open source Umbraco CMS. The company says it inherits its mature capabilities to intuitively organise large volumes of content.

Going headless

Headless is defined as a back-end-only CMS built as a content repository. This makes content accessible via a RESTful application programme interface (API) for display on any device. Traditional CMS platforms are ideal for managing content on a single website. However, a headless CMS allows developers to create and maintain multiple digital platforms with synchronous content updates.

“With Umbraco Heartcore, it’s never been easier to ‘future-proof.’ The platform facilitate content creation and organisation across myriad devices,” said Kim Sneum Madsen, CEO, Umbraco.

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Kim Sneum Madsen, Umbraco’s chief executive officer

Half a million websites rely on the powerful yet friendly capabilities of the Umbraco CMS. We are well-positioned to help companies expand their digital footprint beyond websites to reach audiences through new channels and devices. With its logical content structure capabilities, ultimate editing experience and ability to use the software of their choice for development, Heartcore is poised to be the platform of choice for both long-time and new Umbraco users.

Umbraco Heartcore – content for all developers

Umbraco Heartcore allows editors to create a content structure to quickly manage, find and update large amounts of content. Content could be made available on websites, streaming services, or in ad campaigns, or any other relevant context.

In addition to this organisational structure, Umbraco Heartcore offers:

  • Flexibility when integrating new delivery formats and introducing advanced or mobile functionality to an application.
  • Decreased development time, deployment and user testing to get content in front of customers faster.
  • Enhanced security, including straightforward user management that ensures that each user only has access to relevant, permitted areas.
  • Overall better performance when deploying information to end users.
  • Immediate software and API upgrades through the Umbraco Cloud.

Any developer, on any platform

Umbraco Heartcore offers SDKs to any developer—even those unfamiliar with Umbraco—to use their chosen language to develop applications. SDKs for NodeJS and .NET Core are available today, making it easy to get started with Javascript and C#. The company says other SDKs will be available soon. However, developers can use Umbraco Heartcore with another language. Alternatively, developers can create their own client library. They will be required to use the full RESTful APIs to create and consume Umbraco content.

Enterprise Times: What this means for business

The complex world of managing content, often requires managing multiple platforms to support a plethora of communications. This could include desktop, mobile, apps, digital TV, ambiance, streaming services, digital marketing campaigns, social media – the list is endless. The ability to have a one-stop shop approach to managing content remains the holy grail for many organisations, irrespective of size or sector. Umbraco is an open source content management system. The platform gives developers flexibility and freedom to build websites, apps and other solutions with the features they want. However, the way that brands buy eCommerce solutions is also changing. Brands increasingly are looking to create a customised solutions that create a seamless user journey and experience. A number of operators, Digital River, Adobe, Amplience and Mobify have already started to deliver headless commerce or content. A key component will be the energy levels of Umbraco’s user group. More than 500,000 websites run live on Umbraco CMS. The Umbraco Cloud is supported by more than 220,000 very active Umbraco community members. Their participation will be crucial to the success of the new platform.


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