James Mikrut


CEO, Payload


James is the founder and CEO of Payload. He's a designer / developer hybrid and has been building Next apps since Next came out. Now he runs Payload, which is an open-source CMS / app framework that plays super nicely with Next.

The Big Headless CMS Lie

The idea of the headless CMS got popular because of its decoupled architecture, separation of concerns, and ability to bring your own frontend. But is that really it? Let's be real. People just wanted to build Next.JS sites with a CMS. Payload is looking at moving from Express to Next's App Router, so we can once again give the "head" back to "headless CMS" without compromising on its API-first nature.