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Perch has a simple user interface that clients love. It is designed to give the user confidence in updating their sites, enabling them to manage their content independently.

Simple to use

Perch is not only quick and easy to install, it has been designed to be very clear and simple for the end client to use. There shouldn’t be a huge training requirement to enable a client to edit the text on their homepage. Perch gives people the ability to make quick changes – helping them to keep their site right up to date.

Many of the people we interviewed for People love Perch told us how easy clients find Perch to use.

Simple to use

Roles and permissions system

On larger sites you may want to restrict editing of certain content to certain CMS users. For example, giving an HR department the ability to only edit new job postings.

This is possible due to the full ACL in Perch. Create Roles with permissions then add users to that Role.

Roles and permissions system

Proper Control Panel

A dedicated admin interface provides you a rock-solid view for editing content and managing your site, with no reliance on JavaScript. You can tailor the help messages to guide your content editors through making changes.

Add-ons like the popular Blog App can be downloaded and installed to add new functionality, all from within the same robust interface. Apps can add panels to the main control panel giving a quick view of activity on the site – and developers can access this for their own add-ons via the Perch API.

Proper Control Panel

Edit with Confidence

Made a mistake? No problem. With multi-level undo editors can have the confidence to go ahead and make edits without the fear of messing up a page.

Perch can also help you prepare changes to your site in advance of putting them live with Save As Draft.

It may be you’re working on a long page and want to save your progress mid-way, preparing a wide set of changes that you want to go live at the same time, or perhaps you just want a colleague to review your edits before they’re published. Either way, Save As Draft enables you to save your work without putting it live to the website just yet.

Once a region has been saved as a draft Perch enables you to preview your changes in place, right on your website.

Page preview shows the very latest version of any content on the page, whether that’s a draft or the current live version. This means you can prepare a bunch of edits in advance, save them as drafts, and then preview the page as it will look once it goes live.

Edit with Confidence

Use your favourite WYSIWYG editors

Perch makes use of the Textile and Markdown markup languages to make content easy to enter. Whilst they’re not for everyone, often clients like to be able to use a WYSIWYG editor to manage their content. To support this, Perch has a plugin system that enables you to implement your WYSIWYG editor of choice.

Perch ships with the excellent MarkItUp! toolbar available as an option, with a simple mechanism for you to apply editors such as TinyMCE, CKEditor, Redactor and more.