Next-generation web publishing for modern media

by Tharum Bun


Are you planning to launch an online news publication? It's always a great idea to start with the best possible solution, so that you're steps ahead to serve your online audience. The web architecture continues to evolve. So is our approach to content publishing. There is no better way than to provide the best digital experience to the users.

Powered by traditional web architecture design, most news websites encounter issues when having to serve traffic spikes: slowness, prone to online attacks, and higher cost for web servers and maintenance. Designed in the last couple of decades, traditional websites serve the purpose of making it easy to publish content and make it accessible.

But are there any other ways to deal with these issues? Read on to find out more.

Ultra fast, secure online news site to thrive

The essences of tomorrow's web architecture are here, especially for online news publication. Simplified, the design philosophy's benefits are:

. Highly accessible

. Higher security (DDoS worry-free): safe from online attacks. More secure (no need to worry about server or database vulnerabilities). The simple strategy here is that by decoupling of the backend and the frontend, we can minimize the security flaws. And the connection by an API (or Git-based) between the backend and frontend and will mostly be read-only. And at the same time, it's less dependable on a database, which is always the heart of the security issue.

. Low-cost of scaling: easier to maintain and scale. Hosting of static files is cheap or even free. It only contains just a few files with minimal sizes. And these files can be served anywhere. Scaling is a matter of serving those files somewhere else or using your CDN of choice.

. Resilient and efficient infrastructure

. SEO-friendly and ready

. Greater performance (fast by eliminating large amounts of server and network latency)

How about shifting the workload from server-side to client-side? That's it. When we can take away as many tasks as possible and pushing them to the client side instead. We can enable fewer server requests. Thus, better performance and faster load times are the results. And to go as server-less as possible.

Google has set a new standard for page-speed with the introduction of its Core Web Vitals. So the website page speed is a search ranking factor. Visitors don't like slow loading sites. No readers want to wait to read the news stories.

So, at the core, the sites are highly optimized for SEO.

How fast should a website load? According Botify:

Fast: under 500 milliseconds
Medium: between 500 and 1000 milliseconds
Slow: between 1 and 2 seconds
Slowest: over 2 seconds

Why modern media needs the next-generation web architecture?

When you don’t actually rely on server-side code — they can be distributed instead of relying on a server. Served directly from a Content Delivery Networks (CDN), your online news website can handle speed, performance and offers the best user experience.

"A static website contains web pages with fixed content. Each page is coded in HTML an displays the same information to every visitor. Unlike dynamic websites, they do not require any server-side operations or database design."

With a Content Management System (CMS) you'll be handling everything in the same system. But, by decoupling a headless CMS from the front-end, you've got a simplified solution for the all mentioned benefits. So what's this headless CMS? A headless CMS will let your content travel further and do more things than you can imagine. A headless CMS is different from your traditional CMSs that are built with back-end and front-end bundled into a single application that is web-first.

Case Study:

Kiripost is an online media company covering business, tech, and startups.

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