We are big fans of technology that works and certainly one of the best newcomers in the world of Content Management Systems has been Perch by Edge of My Seat. If you take a look at some of our Portfolio pages you will see that a number of our sites are built using Perch.
We are great believers in horses for courses, if a client needs a CMS for a very large site that has to be scaleable or perhaps a CMS for a large Ecommerce website then we will look at other options (Joomla, Magento and others) but by and large we find that Perch offers a superb solution for small to medium websites.
Why we are fans and why you should be too
Perch originally marketed itself as The Really Little Content Management System. It has quite a small footprint compared to other solutions out there (Drupal, Joomla and Modex are a few that we have worked with). So it is not a heavy or cumbersome solution, it is lightweight. Perch is very flexible in terms of how it fits in with the solution. It does not impose particular template or style directory structures. For us this offers a productivity benefit. This also means that we have flexibility and can determine how the collection of website files behaves, we can easily use HTML5 frameworks such as HTML5 boilerplate, we can use (or choose not to use) PHP frameworks, we can decide whether or not to use CSS compilers such as SASS.
Flexibility for our website owners
With Perch we can determine how much or how little of the site can be edited by the website owner. Some of our customers are not too familiar with IT or website administration and so if we only give them the ability to change parts of the website that can be a real bonus for them (e.g. some of our Montessori Nursery website owners only wish to be able to update dates of term and weekly newsletters).
Perch is growing up
Perch has recently been updated to version 2, it has grown into a more sophisticated solution, allowing us to offer further functionality (website owners can create new pages, edit and change menu items, have access control where certain users can edit only certain parts of the site). These changes are making it suitable for larger projects.
We love using Perch and hopefully you will enjoy using the websites that we create using Perch.