July 22nd - 23rdVirtual Event!


In its fourth year after a successful debut in 2017, Decoupled Days is a conference for architects, developers, and businesspeople involved in implementing decoupled CMS architectures. The 2020 edition is scheduled for July 22 - 23, 2020 in New York City.

Decoupled architectures use a CMS (Drupal, WordPress, etc) as a content service for other non-CMS applications, whether they are in native desktop or mobile, universal JavaScript, set-top boxes, IoT devices, conversational interfaces, or other technologies.


The mission of Decoupled Days, beyond helping attendees engage and connect with people sharing their interests, is threefold:

  • Share best practices in sessions. We encourage everyone to share their experiences in both back-end CMS development as a content service and front-end development of non-CMS applications consuming CMS content, especially those in JavaScript.
  • Discuss difficult shared problems in discussions. We invite everyone interested in decoupled architectures to gather in discussions to help identify shared issues and unblock progress in our respective communities.
  • Build open-source projects in sprints. We collaborate with contributors and members of open-source projects to build other open-source projects in code sprints that tangibly benefit our communities.


The conference consists of two days:

  • Wednesday, July 22: Opening remarks, keynote, and five tracks of sessions
  • Thursday, July 23: Keynote, five tracks of sessions, and closing remarks
  • A dedicated room will be available for code sprints both days


This year, Decoupled Days will have five separate tracks for sessions occurring in parallel:

  • The Traditional CMS track will cover the use of Drupal and WordPress as a content service and the range of architectures in decoupled Drupal and headless WordPress. Topics include Drupal web services (e.g. JSON:API and GraphQL in Drupal, WP-API and GraphQL in WordPress), recommended architectures and frameworks, techniques, and the surrounding decoupled Drupal and headless WordPress ecosystems (e.g. Contenta, WPGraphQL).

  • The Headless CMS track will cover decoupled and headless CMS technologies. Topics include web services (e.g. GraphQL), proprietary headless CMS (Contentful, Prismic, GraphCMS), and other decoupled or headless CMS architectures. For Drupal and WordPress topics, see the Decoupled Drupal track.

  • The JavaScript and JAMstack track will cover modern JavaScript and its use in decoupled CMS architectures. Topics include universal JavaScript, server-side rendering, Node.js and ES2015 techniques, frameworks and libraries (e.g. Angular, Ember, React, Vue), static site generators (e.g. Gatsby, Gridsome, Hugo), JAMstack architectures and hosting (e.g. Netlify), and JavaScript modernization efforts in Drupal.

  • The People and Community track will cover the personal and community dimensions of decoupled CMS, including issues of inclusion, accessibility, and mental health. Topics include diversity and inclusion, accessibility, culture and ethics, governance, codes of conduct, and event organizing. Other topics include health and well-being, personal and professional growth, and empathy and communication.

  • The Business/CXO track will cover decoupled CMS in the business, consultancy, and client landscape. Topics include case studies of successful implementations, buyer personas, sales and marketing in decoupled CMS, building and scaling your decoupled CMS business, agency and consultancy operations, client and stakeholder decision-making, and business strategy and innovation.