PHP Laravel Backend for Headless CMS

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How do you construct with Laravel the backend of a headless CMS?

What is Headless CMS

A headless CMS (Content Management System) has a web interface only for creating content but no web interface for showing content to the audience.

The advantage of a headless CMS is that you do not impose a particular way of content display. So you are free to construct your SPA (Single Page Application) to display content.

After years of using different CMS, we expect that creating content and displaying content through a CMS, whether headless or not, has to support certain activities.

Writing

Pieces of content, such as articles, are written and rewritten over hours or days. An author seldom publishes a piece of content in the same session in which he/she started to compose it.

Consequently, the backend of a CMS has to store and update drafts before publishing content.

Approval

An enterprise-grade CMS requires a flow of approval for each piece of content. So an article is written, reviewed, and then approved.

The backend of a CMS has to implement such an approval workflow.

Comments

Once the content is displayed, we expect readers to comment on each piece of content and to comment on comments.

So the backend of a CMS has to store threads of comments.

Tags

It is natural to tag content, so it would be easier for readers to grasp the topics the content talks about instantly.

So the backend has to store tags on pieces of content.

Reviews and Ratings

Content readers would add reviews and assign ratings to the different kinds of content. Be it articles or videos.

Such reviews should be moderated and approved to fit standard public guidelines on content.

Laravel Packages to Do the Job

One should consider that pieces of content can come from different types of models in the same CMS, such as articles, posts, and pages.

We would use the following packages:

Yoram Kornatzky

Yoram Kornatzky