A decoupled CMS architecture allows developers to utilize any technology to render the front-end experience in lieu of the theming and presentation layers that come with a coupled CMS out-of-the-box.
Developing decoupled, digital experience applications involves using front-end components and frameworks, decoupled CMS's and content services, standard APIs, and cloud and application services.
It also requires a DevOps culture.
Some of the key decoupled design points are the digital app reference platform, the decoupled CMS, and the structured content that is required to implement amazing experience apps.
Decoupled Drupal CMS
Drupal has been leading the way on decoupling. That's because with its flexible APIs and web services, Drupal can be the brain behind all of the systems -- to deliver content everywhere.
Here's a simple image that sums it up.
Acquia Chairman and CTO Dries Buytaert has been advocating for the development of decoupled Drupal for years: this includes fully decoupled and progressively decoupled options.
Acquia & Decoupled CMS Solutions
Get started on learning about Acquia’s decoupled CMS, below.
Links to the key frameworks, API's, and services to get started building a decoupled site with Acquia.
Learn about Acquia Headless Lightning, a flexible backend content repository and user environment with an API for data modeling and entry as well as content retrieval.
Acquia Lift lets you track customers' behavior throughout their buying journey — from anonymous visitor to loyal, repeat customer. Acquia Lift unifies customer content and profile data from multiple sources to deliver in-context, personalized experiences across any channel or device. This page features two important features for developers: Personalization and intelligence APIs and Connectors. It also gives you an overview of Lift's three main components: Experience Builder, Profile Manager, and Content Hub.