The CMS for web professionals

We made Perch to be the best CMS for people who build websites for their clients.

Design the way you want

Perch doesn’t have “themes”, dictate a design, or prevent you using your favourite scripts. You can retrofit Perch into an existing site in minutes.

A CMS your client will enjoy using

Perch reduces training and phone calls after handing a site over to clients. If your client isn’t on the phone asking how to change some content – you can get on with growing your business and doing new work.

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Start with room to grow

Perch comes in two editions. Pick the one that best suits the project you need to build today.

  • Page-based - perfect to retrofit an existing site with a CMS
  • From HTML files to CMS in minutes
  • Simple hosting requirements
  • No PHP knowledge required - basic use is copy and paste
  • Structured content, custom fields everywhere

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Perch Runway
  • Front controller and routing
  • Collections of non-page based content
  • Designed for people with some PHP knowledge
  • Amazon S3, Rackspace Cloud Files, Varnish, Dropbox support
  • All the advantages of Perch, without the “small site” assumptions

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And that’s not all. Whether you are using Perch or Perch Runway you get the benefits of all of our first-party add-ons free to enhance your site. Take a look at what is available now.

Helping you delight your clients

We don’t just sell you software and leave you to get on with it. When you use Perch you know you can rely on our help and support. We want Perch to help you delight clients and grow your design business.

Check out our feature comparison. See what Perch gives you and the additional features you can find in Perch Runway. Read our news listing to stay up to date with our frequent updates and additions.

Over 5 years of helping you make clients happy

  • 45,000+ websites
  • 88 releases
  • 5 years since launch
  • Sarah Evans

    Being a designer it’s important to me that the CMS doesn’t dictate the design so I have no constraints. I love how easy it is to get started with implementing Perch into existing HTML. It’s fitted perfectly into the way I like to work.

  • Brandon Livengood

    I no longer have to field phone calls and emails about how to do certain things in a CMS like I have in the past. This is a win-win when it comes to clients and their content.

  • Graham Street

    With Perch, the CMS is almost secondary as the site design takes priority and we don’t have to change the way we build sites.

  • John Robinson of Heaton Creative

    Perch hasn’t changed the way we create sites and that’s the beauty of it. It has made the web services we offer more valuable. As designers we love the simplicity of installation, ease of use, great support and the way it’s extendible with apps and through the api.

  • Chris Gerringer

    I’ve had only overwhelmingly positive feedback from everyone that I’ve introduced to Perch. It’s easy to use, easy to maintain, and easy to update. I love using it because they love using it. Perch is awesome! Keep up the great work!

  • James Stanley

    We work with a wide range of clients, with a varying range of technical abilities. The thing that amazes me time and time again is that once we explain the interface to Perch and walk the customer through it, usually in a 30-60 minutes hands-on training session, they “get it” really quickly.

  • Jim Clarkson

    The feedback [from clients] is good – all, if familiar with WordPress, prefer using Perch. A recent client actually said ‘Thanks for actually delivering a CMS that is as easy as you described’.

  • WeCreate

    Our clients love Perch as much as we do. When we tried Perch for the first time we couldn’t believe how easy it was to get up and running, [but also] editing content was so simple that training wasn’t even required in some instances.

  • Andy Howells of Unleash It

    We can craft and code from scratch with no restraints … It doesn’t impact our design or front end development. I feel other CMS’s interfere too much and dictate a way of developing that may not suit every project.

  • Ryan Singer of 37signals

    I love that Perch is apparently trying to stay out of my templates. I feel like my templates are still fully under my control, and I can sprinkle a little Perch in here and there to get the client-editable magic that I need.

  • Al Macmillan of Atomised Co-operative Ltd

    What I immediately liked about Perch was that it is itself built on a modern light MVC framework and you can content manage your site rather than the other way round. For example in something like WordPress the underlying assumptions are so fixed you need to fit your site into the WordPress mold. So many CMS work this way but I want to manage my site architecture rather than have it dictated to me.

  • Andrew Appleton from Float Left

    Clients find the editing experience super easy. I have never had a question about how to do something or how something works. The only training I have had to do is point the client at domain/perch and tell them their log in details!

  • Todd of Xiiro

    I felt Perch offered enough wiggle-room to grow and mature with the site. Also, apart from any technical considerations, something that often gets overlooked yet factored heavily into my buying decision was the technical support from Rachel and Drew which has always been fast, friendly and thorough, both pre-sale and after.

Work your way - use your favourite tools

Perch concentrates on being a content management system. It leaves the design and front-end code in your hands. That means that you can use Bootstrap, Foundation, or any other front-end framework. You can follow OOCSS principles. You can make full use of HTML5. You can use any jQuery plugins you like or even build a site quickly with an off the shelf template.

Watch a video that demonstrates how quickly Perch can be integrated into a template.

What are you waiting for?

Try our online demo today and see how quick and simple editing content can be with Perch – making great websites faster.