As a web designer, I’m often asked to build websites with some form of content management system, but there’s a slight problem – I’m not a coder, I’m very much a designer.
Solutions to this problem such as Wordpress are great, they allow designers to create content management systems without the headache of creating the back end. There are plenty of options out there too Joomla, Drupal, Expression Engine and TextPattern to name but a few.
Big isn’t always beautiful
The problem I have with a lot of these systems is that they’re very bulky. Sometimes you need a solution that is much smaller and won’t be daunting for your client the first time they log in to the admin area to edit their website. That’s where Perch steps in. Perch ‘the really little content management system’ is aimed at sites that don’t need a huge CMS. It’s quick to install, very designer friendly and has a nice price too (£50+VAT).
There are a couple of reason why I like Perch so much. Firstly, it’s very quick to install and setup – I recently converted a small 6 page static html website to being fully content managed in an afternoon (and that was the first time I’d ever used it!). Secondly, the admin area is a breath of fresh air. It’s simple, intuitive, brandable and very user friendly, there’s no need to give clients a walk through of the system which makes my job that little bit easier.
Help is at hand
When I first started using Perch it was in it’s infancy and there weren’t many tutorials, but over time they’ve built up a really nice bank of solutions and the support forum is always a good stopping point if you’re having any trouble. The responses I’ve had from support have always been quick and helpful, which is saying something as my support requests tend to be outside of working hours. For me this is a huge advantage over something open source like Wordpress – the fact I’m paying for the product gives me a certain level of support should I need it.
All in all, I would definitely recommend Perch to anyone looking for a simple content management system to add to a small to medium sized website.
If you want to try Perch out yourself, the link below gets you a 10% discount…