The Ultimate Checklist for Choosing a Headless CMS

The headless CMS market is getting crowded. So to help, we’ve created this 36-point checklist to guide you through your headless CMS selection.

The list includes items you’ll want to consider and red flags to watch out for when choosing a headless CMS. Download now and get started making the right decision.


What is a Headless CMS?

A pure headless CMS decouples content from the front-end delivery layer. That means you have no templates or editors — just your content and some APIs to let you deliver that content to any device on the market. So, the term headless emerged to describe this concept, as your content can have any “head” you like, since there is no predefined head in place.

This helps brands avoid the traditional vendor lock that customers get with a suite solution. Your IT team can develop their front-end applications in the framework of their liking (AngularJS, Node, and React are leading at the moment) where not only Single Page Applications (SPAs), but even entire websites can be built. 

Key Features

New devices and touchpoints are emerging all the time, so we built dotCMS as a CMS that serves content headlessly, without stripping marketers of the user experience they need to flourish.

Key Features

Content Model

Drag-n-drop to easily create custom content types, fields, relationships and taxonomies.

Roles & Permissions

Customizable roles and permissions keep your content safe and team members productive.


Our API and compact JSON payloads give you full control over your content, assets, layouts, and workflows.


Build multi-step workflows with features like four-eye approval, AI translations, and third-party integrations.

Layout as a Service

Give business users the ability to manage layouts and edit content and assets in context.


Publishing in multiple languages with granular locale settings help you launch on time, every time.

Professional Support

Host your content on dotCMS cloud platform monitored by the engineering and support teams 24/7/365.

SSO (Single Sign-On)

OAuth 2, SAML 2 or Active Directory simplifies managing user accounts and roles.

Scalability & Speed

Java infrastructure and multi-tenant capabilities, allow you to scale across your organization.

Choosing a Headless CMS: The 36-Point Checklist.

Looking to go headless? Download the complete checklist to use when evaluating your Headless CMS shortlist.

Choosing a Headless CMS

The 36-Point Checklist