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Strapi includes 2 main components:

  • The back-end part of Strapi is a server that receives requests and handles them to return responses that can surface the data you built and saved through the Content-Type Builder and Content Manager. The backend server is described in more details in the Backend Customization introduction. Most of the parts of the backend server can be customized.

  • The front-end, user-facing part of Strapi is called the admin panel. The admin panel is the graphical user interface (GUI) that you use to build a data structure, create and manage content, and perform various other actions that can be managed by built-in or 3rd-party plugins. Some parts of the admin panel can be customized.

From a bigger picture, this is how Strapi integrates in a typical, generic setup: Strapi includes 2 parts, a back-end server and an admin panel, and interact with a database (which stores data) and an external, front-end application that displays your data. Both parts of Strapi can be customized to some extent.

Click on any of the following cards to learn more about customization possibilities:

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Customizing the database or the external, front-end application are outside of the scope of the present documentation section.

  • You can learn more about databases usage with Strapi by reading the installation documentation, which lists supported databases, and the configuration documentation, which describes how to configure a database with your project.
  • You can learn more about how external front-end applications can interact with Strapi by reading the integration guides.