Built.io Contentstack CMS Leverages APIs To Publish, Manage Apps, Content for Mobile and IoT

Built.io Contentstack CMS is adding API-based integration capabilities and native mobile SDKs for iOS and Android. The goa is to better enable developers and other stakeholders to deliver and manage cross-platform mobile apps and mobile content. Thanks to APIs, the CMS can also share content for IoT apps.

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Built.io Contentstack CMS is adding API-based integration capabilities and native mobile SDKs for iOS and Android. The goa is to better enable developers and other stakeholders to deliver and manage cross-platform mobile apps and mobile content. Thanks to APIs, the CMS can also share content for IoT apps.

 

Beyond APIs and SDKs for developers, Built.io Contentstack also brings the power of APIs to bear for business users and editors. Now, content in the Contentstack CMS can be managed and delivered in a mobile-friendly JSON format – using REST APIs, CTO Nishant Patel. This application of APIs lets business users manage their content using Contentstack's intuitive, point-and-click user interface, he added.

 

A look Inside Built.io Contentstack API-driven Architecture

Under the covers, Built.io Contentstack leverages a number of API-driven architecture and workflow approaches, Patel noted.  Among several approaches from Built.io architects and developers worth noting are:

 

API-First: All data and content is stored in the JSON format and can be accessed via REST APIs.

 

Content Delivery: Data can be pushed or pulled on demand using the JSON format without intermingled markup, which gives developers the flexibility to implement a separate presentation layer optimized for each delivery channel.

 

API Consoles: Separate consoles for Content Management and Content Delivery make it easy for developers to enable headless CMS use cases by integrating content via APIs and managing such content in a mobile or IoT app.

 

Import/Export: Data is accessible via APIs and in a variety of formats, which makes language translations, backups and site migrations easier and less error-prone.

 

Reuseable Apps (Content Modules): Developers can create and package components, such as blogs, resource libraries, customer databases, events, etc. that can be shared and reused as microservices.

 

Drag-and-Drop Content Type Builder: It allows developers to create structural page elements in seconds and accelerates the creation of corresponding page structure by 10x.

 

Built.io Contentstack CMS Also Builds on Reuse and Loose Coupling

Beyond a strong commitment to APIs, other Built.io Contentstack CMS features will also sound familiar to architects and integration professionals.  These borrow powerful ideas from model-driven design, reuse and loosely-coupled architectures.

 

Among some of the more notable ones, Contentstack offers:

  • Content Modeling: Separates data structure from its presentation layer and give developers the ability to organize content logically without being restricted by visual or device considerations.
  • Asset Tagging: Allows groups of similar assets – such as employee pictures, downloadable case studies, product images, etc. – to be grouped. Assets can still be published individually, but now also in groups based on their tags. Further, assets can be filtered and displayed based on their tags, publish status and/or file type.
  • Content Type Labels: Simplify management of bigger web properties by organizing similar content types and recurring page elements, such as a page footer, community or support sections, into groups and allowing them to be searched, sorted and filtered using their labels.
  • Rich Media Management: Administrators can use the built-in asset manager to manage all media files from a single admin panel, eliminating the need for separate cloud-based storage.
  • Access Controls: Developers can quickly create roles and set access levels to empower the right people to manage and publish their content, while protecting the system from unauthorized changes.
  • Multi-site and Multi-language Management: Supports hosting of thousands of sites in a multitude of locales and languages.

The idea behind these upgrades is to accelerate delivery of a mobile-optimized microsite while following CMS guidelines, according to CEO Neha Sampat.   This, in turn, will release IT teams and webmasters from heavy involvement with trivial content changes, Sampat added.

 

Readers can request a demo of Built.io Contentstack CMS here




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