Perch — a lightweight CMS that’s perfect for web designers who’d like to add basic content management features to their clients’ sites — has been updated. Perch 1.5 has quite a few new tasty-looking features, including a new API and dynamic pages.

Perch — a lightweight CMS that’s perfect for web designers who’d like to add basic content management features to their clients’ sites — has been updated with some tasty-looking features, among them:

  • Developer API — The API enables additional features to be added to Perch as apps, without adding bloat and complexity to the original lightweight product.
  • Dynamic pages — One of the first apps to be made available for Perch is dynamic pages, which allows you to add new pages to a site, an oft-requested feature.
  • Content filtering and reuse — Itʼs now easy to dynamically filter a multiple item region to show only items of interest, and content can be pulled from one part of a site and automatically displayed on another.

There’s a few other neat updates as well, like the ability to customize the interface with your own CSS and JavaScript, and improved image management.

Perch costs £35 ($51) per domain (you can switch between domains as required), with no ongoing fees. You can try out a live demo here.

Let us know what you think of Perch 1.5 in the comments.

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  1. I’d rather use Concrete5. Same concept, but it’s free. Why pay for each install? Concrete5 has been around for a while and it’s a solid CMS. It’s powerful for the developer, but super simple for the client to use. Check out the overview on http://concrete5.org

  2. Alternately, you could try out drupalgardens.


    Sign up, and voila you’re managing a drupal site. All acct types are free thru 2010, as an introductory offer.

  3. nanoCMS my favourite flat file cms is free open source and can be used on php5 servers. http://www.nanocms.co.uk dynamic pages and modules. Easy to move the site between servers via ftp. No MySQL database or tie into a service provider.

  4. Concrete is a great CMS but Perch works better for other kinds of projects.

    I’m working with both of them on a daily basis and the best feature Perch offers is the option to simply create custom content templates via HTML and system variables.

    It’s a pretty straight forward process, great to create custom content structures and most of all, easy to use for the site owner. I used it to create a custom JQuery event calendar which required a certain HTML markup to work properly — it would be possible to create something like that by writing a PHP plugin for other CMS’ as well but it was so much easier using Perch.

  5. natashastewart Friday, June 4, 2010

    I totally agree with @Maximilian Bartel, @Dan: Perch works better for other kinds of projects, for most projects I’d say.
    But now, that’s my opinion.
    Thank you for sharing this interesting and useful article.

  6. Check out http://redaxscript.com – This is ultra lightweight!

  7. Another tiny system that I use is DeepBlue CMS – http://dblue.org

  8. All these points mentioned about Perch can be achieved in CouchCMS (http://www.couchcms.com) natively using simple XHTML like tags.

    More ever, it is free for personal and non-commercial sites.


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