WP Engine Atlas – Headless WordPress

WP Engine Atlas - Headless WordPress

We can combine the world’s number one CMS for headless development in terms of speed, security, and flexibility with a powerful front-end, such as Faust, Next.js, Nuxt.js, Gatsby, or Frontity.

Benefits of Headless WordPress with WP Engine Atlas

  • WordPress - It's the number one CMS in the world for a reason, and using it for headless development can bring its benefits to the modern online world.
  • Fast - Without the weight of a monolith CMS, headless websites are shockingly fast, which can impress both your users and search engines.
  • Secure - By decoupling the front and the back-ends, it's much more difficult for hackers to access sensitive information.
  • Flexible - without the constraints of a front-end driven by a CMS, you have the flexibility to develop a user-focused website.

We build headless WordPress solutions with WP Engine Atlas or with front-ends such as Frontity, Wuxt and Next.js

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Why Us For Headless WordPress With WP Engine Atlas?

Enterprise WordPress Experience

We have experience developing enterprise WordPress solutions, from WordPress set up to front-end design, custom coding, and bespoke plug-in development. We can apply this experience in headless build making sure WordPress is set up perfectly for you.

Dedicated Software Team

We are a software team with experience in numerous different software solutions. This means utilizing Jamstack to produce the very best front ends is second nature. We can also develop with multiple front-end frameworks such as Next.js, Nuxt.js, and Gatsby.

Experience with Complex Integrations

We have years of experience integrating additional services into complex front-end solutions, whether it's an integration with your CRM, Google tag manager, and analytics, or custom functionality that you need on the front-end. We’re happy to integrate and develop the solutions you need.

Front-end Interactivity & Transitions

Without the constraints of a traditional CRM, you are free to build whatever you want on the front-end. Whether it's the integration of videos, complex transitions, interactive design elements, or anything else to impress your customers, we’re happy to work with you and develop the perfect experience for your clients.


Whether it's a complete solution, such as WP engine Atlas, or a hosting set up through Netlify or Strattic, we are happy setting up the hosting, so you're ready to launch with the right configuration to ensure stability and a great user experience.

Launch & Post Launch Support

Once your site has launched, we'll be there to ensure everything works smoothly for the first couple of months. After that, we offer ongoing maintenance packages to ensure your website is updated and stable. Updating ensures your website constantly evolves.

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Headless WordPress FAQs

Headless WordPress reduces the unnecessary weight from the backend to the front-end. In simple words, this means you get a faster, more flexible, and more secure website. While adopting a headless infrastructure does require additional development time and an increased level of ongoing maintenance, it can optimize your customer experience, technical SEO, and search engine ranking.

You can make your existing WordPress website headless while retaining the existing WordPress backend along with the existing design. You might need to change the hosting provider, but this can be reviewed in the discovery phase of the project. Hosting platforms, such as WP Engine, have already developed solutions for headless WordPress, so you might not need to change your host.

You can choose from a host of headless front-end technologies for web development. This includes robust multiplatform solutions, such as Gatsby, Next.JS, and Atlas by WP Engine. Other popular solutions include Frontity, which has been developed specifically as a front-end for WordPress.

With a normal enterprise WordPress build we would expect page speeds, from Google page speed analyser in the region of 20 to 30 out of hundred. This can be increased by utilising tools such as Nitro Pack or WP rocket, and these can produce very good results. However headless WordPress removes all the weight of plug-ins and themes that are included in the front-end of standard WordPress builds reducing the need to hack the system and also ensure the user experience is as good as possible.

Headless WordPress CMS uses the same backend system, so there’s no difference in management, meaning they can handle it the same way as they did before.

When using headless WordPress, you’ll find that the structure plugins are different compared to standard options. You can still opt for content management plugins or backend functionalities that are still useful. However, you don’t need any plugins for appearance since this is taken care of by the front-end technology you opt for.

Headless WordPress is easier to optimise for Core Web Vitals than monolithic WordPress. However, it still requires consideration during the development process, especially with factors such as cumulative layout shift and hosting to ensure optimal load speeds.

Gatsby is a react-based open-source front-end framework used as a static web generator, whereas WordPress is a dynamic web generator and CMS solution. For headless WordPress you will need to use a front-end solution such as Gatsby, Next or Frontity. So Gatsby and WordPress do very different things and don't compete against each other.

Yes, you can use WordPress as a backend headless CMS, there is more information here on how to get started.

A headless front-end is an endpoint or a digital content repository connected to a site’s backend through APIs. Developers use this technology to build faster and more scalable visual structures for websites. See A Guide to Headless Front-Ends for more information

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