Contentful: Content as a Service
This site has seen many iterations. Not look-and-feel-wise, it's stayed its ugly self for a while now, but the backend seems to change every year. The reason for this is that I like to expirement with new technologies.
So, predictably, recently I've switched over the site to another new (homebrew) technology. The difference this time was that I've been wanting to experiment with frontend technologies, so I couldn't really be bothered developing yet another backend.
I went looking to outsource my backend to some third-party source, also because I had heard about content-as-a-service services. Unfortunately most of them required an initial investment that I wasn't willing to take.
This made me land on Contentful:
Some of the things I really like about this service:
- priced very reasonably;
- documented very well;
- tooling which makes this easy to use in production environments;
- easy to use APIs;
- great looking interface that is extensible with your own types.
My particular integration was server-side, but it would be relatively easy to do a client-side integration as well. The great thing about this is that your content is available where ever you need it.
I'm expecting to write about Contentful in more detail further down the road.