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Talk: How Were Using WordPress as a Headless CMS

I’m not a stranger to public speaking. But speaking on a technical subject? To people who are smarter than me? Not something I relish. Yet, I felt I had something to offer the WordPress community, so I volunteered to speak at one of the UK’s biggest WordPress meetups, WordCamp London.

Ever since starting my web development career I’ve wanted to be in the place where I could help other developers out with their development dilemmas. It’s taken me a long time to get to this stage, and it’s only because of some great help from the following people:

  • Chris Geary
  • David Hewitt
  • Steve Woodall
  • Louise Towler

It’s thanks to them imparting their knowledge and expertise (and sometimes their time), as well as others, that I have anything that might be considered worthy of sharing.

The Talk

There’s a full writeup on the Indigo Tree website. I’ll update this post with the video on WordPress TV when it’s uploaded there.

My talk covered these main points:

  1. What is a headless (or decoupled) CMS
  2. Why use WordPress as a headless CMS
  3. Tools and process of building a headless site
  4. A basic example and some gotchas we found
  5. The Future is (probably) headless

You can find it on the conference website too.

The Slides

Indigo Tree have kindly published the slides I made here. The slides are a case in point, because it’s a GatsbyJS site with a WordPress backend! How’s that for recursion ha ha!

The experience

… was terrifying, to say the least! I rattled through it all in less than 30 mins (I had been given 35 minutes), but there were some really great comments & questions from the audience that I found fascinating. I’m currently planning a series of blog posts on some of the questions that were raised.

Overall, even though this kind of thing doesn’t come naturally to me, it’s a way of creating a dialog with other great people in communities, and gives others a chance to think about new ways of working. And I enjoy that, as well as to think that maybe I’m helping a few people to solve their development dilemmas.

“Wisest are they who know they do not know.” —Jostein Gaarder