Migrating from a Monolithic CMS to a Composable CMS: A Step-by-Step Guide

Akshay Sura - Partner

7 Feb 2023

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A monolithic content management system (CMS) is a single platform that provides all the necessary features and functions for managing and publishing content. While this approach has its benefits, it can become a hindrance as the needs of your website grow and evolve. In such cases, it may be time to consider a composable CMS.

A composable CMS allows you to break down the traditional monolithic structure into smaller, modular components that can be combined to build a custom solution that meets your specific needs. This approach provides greater flexibility and scalability, allowing you to add new features and functionality as your website evolves.

Here's a step-by-step guide to help you migrate from a monolithic CMS to a composable CMS:

  1. Define your goals and requirements: Before you start the migration process, it's essential to define your goals and requirements for the new CMS. What do you want to achieve with the migration? What features and functionality do you need to support your website's growth and evolution?
  2. Evaluate composable CMS options: Once you have a clear understanding of your goals and requirements, you can start evaluating composable CMS options. Look for platforms that support modularity and have a robust ecosystem of plugins and extensions.
  3. Plan your migration: Once you have selected a composable CMS, it's time to plan your migration. This should include a timeline, a budget, and a list of tasks to be completed. Make sure to involve all stakeholders in the planning process, including developers, content creators, and project managers.
  4. Export your data: Before you start the migration process, it's important to export your existing content from the monolithic CMS. This will ensure you keep all important data during the transition.
  5. Choose a migration strategy: You can use two main migration strategies to move from a monolithic CMS to a composable CMS: a big bang approach or a phased approach. The big bang approach involves migrating all your content and functionality to the new CMS in one go. The phased approach involves migrating smaller parts of your content and functionality over time. Choose the strategy that best suits your goals and requirements.
  6. Configure the composable CMS: Once you have chosen a migration strategy, it's time to configure the composable CMS. This includes setting up the modules and plugins you need, customizing the design and layout, and configuring the content and media management features.
  7. Test and refine: Once the composable CMS is set up, it's time to test and refine the platform. Make sure that all the content and functionality from the monolithic CMS have been successfully migrated and that the new CMS is meeting your goals and requirements.
  8. Launch: Once you have tested and refined the composable CMS, it's time to launch the new platform. Make sure to communicate the launch to all stakeholders and provide training and support to help them get started with the new CMS.

In conclusion, migrating from a monolithic CMS to a composable CMS can provide greater flexibility, scalability, and control over your website. With careful planning and execution, the migration process can be a smooth and successful transition that enables you to support the growth and evolution of your website.

If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch with me. (@akshaysura13 on Twitter or on Slack).

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Akshay Sura

Akshay is a nine-time Sitecore MVP and a two-time Kontent.ai. In addition to his work as a solution architect, Akshay is also one of the founders of SUGCON North America 2015, SUGCON India 2018 & 2019, Unofficial Sitecore Training, and Sitecore Slack.

Akshay founded and continues to run the Sitecore Hackathon. As one of the founding partners of Konabos Consulting, Akshay will continue to work with clients to lead projects and mentor their existing teams.

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