Preton So: The fourth wave of the content management system (keynote)

As of late, the traditional content management system (CMS) has been much maligned due to the explosion of innovation happening in the headless and decoupled CMS market. Normally monolithic systems like Drupal and WordPress are increasingly having to contend with upstarts like Contentful and Prismic and new paradigms like the JAMstack. But despite the naysayers and prolific prognosticators of doom, all is not lost.

In fact, we are entering a CMS renaissance that will revolutionize the way digital experiences are architected, built, and managed — and the likes of which will touch and impact every single persona working with digital content today, whether in the context of accessibility, design, user experience, editorial workflows, or web development.

In this keynote, join Preston So, author of Decoupled Drupal in Practice (Apress, 2018) and Principal Product Manager at Gatsby, for a journey through the past, present, and promising future of content management in light of recent innovations. We’ll dive through the history of web development, going full circle from flat-file HTML websites to complex monolithic architectures to static site generators. We’ll consider the differences between the first wave of the CMS, which brought us storied luminaries like Vignette and Interwoven; the second wave, when Web 2.0 ruled the day and Drupal sprung onto the scene; and the third wave, when decoupled and headless solutions began to emerge onto the scene.