Similar Solutions to Headless CMS
The first and closest to Headless CMS are admin panel generators for various programming languages and platforms, like Django for Python and Laravel Nova for PHP. They are ideal in situations, where you are already developing an application in one of these languages and need to quickly incorporate administrative functionalities for specific components. However, they do not offer the same level of editor-friendliness as Headless CMS.
The second is the Backend-as-service. For example, Firebase, Supabase, or Amazon Amplify, which are usually used in mobile development. These services allow developers to use an existing platform instead of crafting a separate backend. They provide APIs for standard operations such as saving and managing user data, handling logins and registrations, and sending push notifications. However, they do not provide an interface for administration.
Backend-as-service is particularly suitable in scenarios such as developing a task management application (to-do list) where users need the ability to register and synchronize their tasks across different devices. This is because the service does not require a complex administrator interface; all data is user-generated.
Third are full-fledged no-code/low-code platforms designed for application development. They can be used for the visual creation of admin panels, and web and mobile applications. Some of these platforms (for example, Retool) are similar to Headless CMS in that they allow you to create a custom admin interface and provide data via an API to other users.