Content management systems are an insanely great way to update content and generally maintain a website with little or no real effort. From adding pictures to blog posts or changing text for a promotion, using a CMS is a breeze. So with a vast array of options available (some being much better than others), I want to go through why I'm a massive fan of using Perch.
A bit of background, I’m fairly new to web development and content management systems, however I feel I now have a good enough grasp of how they work. Having previously worked in marketing I regularly had to update content management systems with the usual polava such as blog posts, adding pictures of turf and soil (oh, it was exciting!) and generally updating the site when a promotion may have taken place.
I've used a few of them [CMS] from Wordpress, Umbraco, Craft (which is also a pretty slick offering) and Perch. I still find that Perch is brilliant at what it does and isn't so overbearing. It sits nicely in the background, does a great job and doesn't cause a fuss.
I say this as other CMS on the market seem overly complicated for just displaying content. Yes, they can be a brilliant platform to blog and share thoughts but I totally agree with articles on the web that point towards them trying to do everything, with it having negative impacts on the basics. So what are the main reasons why I like to use Perch? I’ll split this into two perspectives, from a client and from a developer/designers point of view.
Benefits of Perch CMS
- The CMS doesn’t get in the way of the code so you’re not having to manipulate themes. This is great as the code base doesn’t end up being bulky.
- Adding new plugins is an intuitive, easy process.
- Making custom modules for pages, such as a nicely presented block quote is easy with . Have a look here for a video on how they work, how easy the content can be maneuvered around the page and how to implement them.
- Perch Runway is also available for larger, more complex sites.
- As its a small (ish) company the support is very good (although I’ve not yet had to use it yet). The docs are plentiful, well laid out and as it happens previous questions in the forum have answered a few of my questions already.
An example of Perch Blocks module
Updating the site with new content is easy and the design is well laid out. The back end is also in the process of being overhauled (Perch 3) which will add more features and will be responsive and easier to update on tablets and mobile phones. Changes made are instantaneous on the back-end, even with slightly larger sites with a lot of content. It’s very easy to navigate around the back-end.
So there you have it. A quick look into Perch CMS and why I’m such a massive fan. If you have any questions about building in Perch or just using it in general let me know!