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Ultra-lightweight CMS Perch Gets an Update: Developer API, Dynamic Pages and More

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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 — It?s now easy to dynamically ?lter 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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8 Responses to “Ultra-lightweight CMS Perch Gets an Update: Developer API, Dynamic Pages and More”

  1. natashastewart

    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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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