Content management systems are a 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.
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!
06 January 2019
2019 is here and I feel like it’s time to start putting more effort into a few things, one being this, my personal blog. Even if its just a place to regurgitate things I’ve learnt and catalogue my thoughts in order to reference them for another day, so be it.
22 February 2017
It’s the tiny CMS that’s easy to use, doesn’t get in the way of code and is super quick. Does this sound like something you want in a CMS? Perch may just be the way forward for your next project.
06 February 2017
Wondering how to create a GIF? Wondering what it means and how to actually pronounce it? I go through all of these and more in this quick little blog post. NOTE: GIFs included.