January 04, 2019
Score 10 out of 10
I use Contentful as a headless CMS to build static websites (with GatsbyJS and ReactJS) for small businesses and startups who need a high-quality, modern, low-maintenance solution. I also use it for my company's primary website.
- Clean, modern interface (not clunky and outdated, like WordPress)
- High degree of flexibility (I can structure data any way my clients need)
- Enables headless frontend (i.e. I can build any frontend I want without having to change my CMS)
- Contentful uses "references" to allow you to build very modular content. If I have a "slider" content type, I can create a "slide" content type which references a "button" content type, and so forth. This works well, but I occasionally wish there was a better solution for one-off content, like a settings page. Currently, this is done for creating an entire content type called "settings" with a single entry. Not a big deal, but not ideal, either.
- There are a few quirks with GatsbyJS integration, etc, but these issues are being fixed and improved upon very quickly.
- A minor gripe, but Contentful does not have a way to organize fields within an entry. Entries with many fields are somewhat tiresome to scroll through.
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Coming from WordPress, Contentful feels like content management as it should be. There's no clutter to get rid of, you can simply start building from scratch, and the end product is perfectly tailored to your or your clients needs.