Perch Blog http://grabaperch.com Blog posts Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:55:00 +0000 http://edgeofmyseat.com/services/content-management-systems en How we decide what will be part of Perch Runway http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/how-we-decide-what-will-be-part-of-perch-runway http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/how-we-decide-what-will-be-part-of-perch-runway A post explaining how we are making decisions as to whether a feature belongs in Perch or is part of the Perch Runway feature set.

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Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:55:00 +0000
Perch 2.6 Release http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-26-release http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-26-release Perch 2.6 is now available and should be ready to download in your accounts against any Perch 2 license. Here are some of the core new features.

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Fri, 15 Aug 2014 11:00:00 +0000
Perch 2.6 Preview - Categories http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-26-preview-categories http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-26-preview-categories Perch 2.6 brings centralized category management to Perch, making it easy to create listings by category in regular Perch Content.

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Mon, 11 Aug 2014 14:49:00 +0000
Don't Repeat Yourself - using template includes http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/dont-repeat-yourself-using-template-includes http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/dont-repeat-yourself-using-template-includes How to use template includes to tidy up your templates and same creating and copy and pasting repetitive code.

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Fri, 08 Aug 2014 15:49:00 +0000
Perch and SSL http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-and-ssl http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-and-ssl Google have announced that serving sites over SSL may give you a ranking benefit. If you decide to switch some or all of your site to be served via SSL Perch makes it easy for you to manage that.

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Thu, 07 Aug 2014 12:21:00 +0000
What does it mean to use a CMS based on structured data? http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/what-does-it-mean-to-use-a-cms-based-on-structured-data http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/what-does-it-mean-to-use-a-cms-based-on-structured-data A core value of Perch is that the CMS is based on structured data, and on the user of semantic markup. What does this mean and what benefits does this approach bring to designers and developers using it?

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Wed, 06 Aug 2014 15:22:00 +0000
Rich Snippets with Microdata http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/rich-snippets-with-microdata http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/rich-snippets-with-microdata Google and other search engines support Rich Snippets, a way to indicate to the search engine that certain content is special. These snippets are then used on search engine result pages. Perch is ideal for ensuring that your content is correctly marked up to take advantage of this.

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Tue, 05 Aug 2014 12:38:00 +0000
Perch and the picture element for responsive images http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-and-the-picture-element-for-responsive-images http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-and-the-picture-element-for-responsive-images Support for responsive images using picture and the srcset attribute is currently being added to browsers. This can easily be combined with the template functionality in Perch to make it easy for your sites to take advantage of true responsive images without requiring your content editors to create by hand and upload multiple versions of every image.

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Mon, 04 Aug 2014 13:12:00 +0000
Perch Training http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-training http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-training Please complete our short survey if you would be interested in Perch onsite training or workshop days.

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Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:44:00 +0000
SEO Tips for Perch websites http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/seo-tips-for-perch-websites http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/seo-tips-for-perch-websites One of our top pre-sales queries is whether Perch is good for Search Engine Optimization (SEO) so this blog post is to explain some of the ways in which you can ensure that your sites rank well – with help from features in Perch.

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Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000
Creating thumbnails from non-image assets in Perch 2.5 http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/creating-thumbnails-from-non-image-assets-in-perch-25 http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/creating-thumbnails-from-non-image-assets-in-perch-25 The new Assets functionality in Perch doesn’t just cover image use and re-use. Any type of file can be treated as an Asset and made available for re-use. Perch creates a nice thumbnail preview of images but it is also possible to have a thumbnail of PDF files and even video automatically created.

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Tue, 24 Jun 2014 14:19:00 +0000
Perch 2.5 Textile and Markdown update http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-25-textile-and-markdown-update http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-25-textile-and-markdown-update Among the features in Perch 2.5 is an update to our Textile and Markdown parsers. This is one of the things we’ve been able to do by moving our PHP version requirement to PHP 5.3 as the modern parsers have this as a minimum requirement.

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Tue, 24 Jun 2014 14:14:00 +0000
Perch 2.5 now available http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-25-now-available http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-25-now-available Perch 2.5 is now available for purchase and as a free update for any Perch 2 license. This is our biggest feature release since the launch of Perch 2 in that it includes the much requested Assets management and reuse feature.

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Tue, 24 Jun 2014 14:06:00 +0000
Support re-launch http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/support-re-launch http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/support-re-launch If you head on over to Perch Support you’ll find things looking a bit different. As we revealed on the blog earlier this month, we’ve been working to bring a new forum and support system online, and today we’re all set to start using it.

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Thu, 19 Jun 2014 14:24:00 +0000
People love Perch: Sarah Evans http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/people-love-perch-sarah-evans http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/people-love-perch-sarah-evans We love to hear how much People love Perch and this interview is with London based web designer Sarah Evans of Sarah Evans Design.

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Fri, 06 Jun 2014 15:05:00 +0000
New Perch Community Forum coming soon http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/new-perch-community-forum-coming-soon http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/new-perch-community-forum-coming-soon Our new forums will enable us to provide much more than somewhere for you to get help. We’ll be using them to discuss more of the things that matter to you, and helping highlight Registered Developers and Perchers who help others.

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Fri, 06 Jun 2014 13:55:00 +0000
People love Perch - Brandon Livengood http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/people-love-perch-brandon-livengood http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/people-love-perch-brandon-livengood We love to hear how much People love Perch and this interview is with Brandon Livengood of Unleashed Ideas an Ohio based web design company.

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Wed, 04 Jun 2014 15:45:00 +0000
People love Perch - Mat Ranson http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/people-love-perch-mat-ranson http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/people-love-perch-mat-ranson We love to hear how much People love Perch and this interview is with Mat Ranson of Mandala Studio a graphic design studio in Bangkok.

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Wed, 04 Jun 2014 10:07:00 +0000
Perch Runway is landing http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-runway-is-landing http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-runway-is-landing Today we are announcing a new edition of Perch designed as a solution for developers building larger and more complex sites.

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Mon, 02 Jun 2014 11:12:00 +0000
Perch 1 End of Life announcement http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-1-end-of-life-announcement http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-1-end-of-life-announcement Today we are announcing that we will be ending support for Perch 1, and upgrades to Perch 1 licenses from the 1st of June 2015.

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Fri, 30 May 2014 10:09:00 +0000
Perch 2.5 is coming soon http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-25-is-coming-soon http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-25-is-coming-soon Perch 2.5 will be the fifth birthday release. As our success as a product is down to your support and enthusiasm about Perch, it is fitting that the 2.5 release should contain your most asked for feature. Watch the video to see how it is shaping up.

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Tue, 27 May 2014 12:38:00 +0000
People love Perch - Ed Jones http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/people-love-perch-ed-jones http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/people-love-perch-ed-jones We love to hear how much People love Perch and this interview is with Ed Jones from CodeBacon a web design agency based in North Wales.

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Fri, 23 May 2014 15:33:00 +0000
The Perch Referral Programme http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/the-perch-referral-programme http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/the-perch-referral-programme Perch is nearly five years old and this month we are celebrating by putting into action a few things that we hope our Perchers will enjoy. One of those is the Perch Customer Referral Programme.

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Wed, 21 May 2014 14:16:00 +0000
Gallery - a simple portfolio site http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/gallery-a-simple-portfolio-site http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/gallery-a-simple-portfolio-site One of the features of Perch is that you don’t need to create themes to start editing content. When we saw the HTML5 UP! templates we thought that they would be a great way to demonstrate how Perch can be added to an existing design.

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Mon, 12 May 2014 15:02:00 +0000
Choosing Good Shared Hosting http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/choosing-good-shared-hosting http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/choosing-good-shared-hosting In our recent survey we discovered that 61% of Perchers choose shared hosting to host their Perch sites. We know from support that not all shared hosting is equal, so here are some suggestions for selecting good shared hosting.

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Thu, 08 May 2014 13:39:00 +0000
Hosting for Perchers recommended by Perchers http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/hosting-for-perchers-recommended-by-perchers http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/hosting-for-perchers-recommended-by-perchers In our recent survey we asked If given the choice, which hosting company would you use?. Here are the results. Hosting for Perchers, recommended by Perchers.

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Thu, 08 May 2014 13:36:00 +0000
Troubleshooting Tips http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/troubleshooting-tips http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/troubleshooting-tips If you are running into a problem with Perch it can be really handy to see what is happening “under the hood” and there are a couple of useful tips detailed in our Solutions section of the documentation that can help.

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Fri, 02 May 2014 09:39:00 +0000
Namespacing Perch http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/namespacing-perch http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/namespacing-perch As we work towards Perch 2.5, one of the technical aspects of the product that we’re looking at is PHP namespacing. In this reasonably technical post, I’ll be examining what that means for Perch and asking some questions of those who see this as a desirable move.

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Tue, 08 Apr 2014 13:44:00 +0000
Perch on Perch http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-on-perch http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-on-perch On Monday we relaunched the Perch website. Unless you have logged into your account or bought a new license then you may not have noticed any difference. However it’s all change under the hood.

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Thu, 03 Apr 2014 15:05:00 +0000
Perch Podcast Episode Thirty-Five - Like Magic, But Software http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-podcast-episode-thirty-five-like-magic-but-software http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-podcast-episode-thirty-five-like-magic-but-software We talked about some updates in Perch 2.4.6, our new Vagrant package for Perch development, and answered some of your questions.

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Fri, 21 Mar 2014 13:19:59 +0000
Perch Podcast Episode Thirty-Four - The New Solution http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-podcast-episode-thirty-four-the-new-solution http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-podcast-episode-thirty-four-the-new-solution We talked about some updates to Blog, and our new Solutions section in the documentation.

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Fri, 14 Mar 2014 15:57:25 +0000
New Solutions Section of the docs http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/new-solutions-section-of-the-docs http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/new-solutions-section-of-the-docs We’ve launched a new Solutions section of the documentation as your feedback in our survey was that you wanted more worked examples. You also wanted to be able to contribute – so we’ve enabled that too!

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Wed, 12 Mar 2014 15:43:52 +0000
Perch Podcast Episode Thirty-Three - Results Just In http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-podcast-episode-thirty-three-results-just-in http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-podcast-episode-thirty-three-results-just-in We talked about some updates to popular add-ons including the new version of Blog, our trip to ConFoo in Montreal, the new customer survey, and answer some of your questions.

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Fri, 07 Mar 2014 13:07:12 +0000
The Perch Future Survey http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/the-perch-future-survey http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/the-perch-future-survey Our statistics show that we only ever hear from 25% of the people who use Perch. Please complete our survey to help us plan the future of Perch.

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Thu, 06 Mar 2014 10:13:01 +0000
Perch Podcast Episode Thirty-Two - OMSVG http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-podcast-episode-thirty-two-omsvg http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-podcast-episode-thirty-two-omsvg We talked about the latest update to Perch, more documentation improvements, our email getting started course, and the trial “Office Hours”.

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Mon, 17 Feb 2014 17:55:34 +0000
SVG images in Perch http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/svg-images-in-perch http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/svg-images-in-perch One of the enhancements we’ve made in Perch 2.4.5 is to add support for SVGs to the image field type.

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Mon, 17 Feb 2014 15:37:44 +0000
Perch Podcast Episode Thirty-One - Better feed the cat http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-podcast-episode-thirty-one-better-feed-the-cat http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-podcast-episode-thirty-one-better-feed-the-cat While being pestered by a large orange cat we talked about the latest update to Perch, documentation improvements and our new animations.

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Mon, 10 Feb 2014 10:52:41 +0000
New Feature: Page Attributes http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/new-feature-page-attributes http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/new-feature-page-attributes One of the new features in Perch 2.4 is Page Attributes. These give you a way to attach additional information to a page for your editors to manage. Watch the video to find out more.

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Sat, 08 Feb 2014 17:55:05 +0000
Perch Podcast Episode Thirty - Hello Bristol! http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-podcast-episode-thirty-hello-bristol http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-podcast-episode-thirty-hello-bristol We’ve moved to Bristol, and located the box our microphones were packed in to bring you episode 30 of the Perch Podcast.

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Fri, 31 Jan 2014 11:28:17 +0000
New feature: Template Dividers http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/new-feature-template-dividers http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/new-feature-template-dividers Many of the features in the Perch 2.4 release are aimed at helping you improve the content editing experience for your clients. Template Dividers is just one of those.

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Thu, 09 Jan 2014 13:02:23 +0000
Perch Podcast Episode Twenty-Nine - Perch 2.4 http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-podcast-episode-twenty-nine-perch-24 http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-podcast-episode-twenty-nine-perch-24 We talk through all the changes in Perch 2.4 in perhaps more detail than you’d typically want.

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Wed, 08 Jan 2014 13:09:12 +0000
Make Great Websites Faster http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/make-great-websites-faster http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/make-great-websites-faster Something that we hear very frequently from Perchers is how Perch can do a lot more than they initially thought, we have seen people recommending Perch – and mentioning that Perch “is a lot more powerful than you think”. We’re making sure that the perception people have of Perch is correctly aligned with how we talk about it – read this post to find out how.

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Wed, 08 Jan 2014 10:13:20 +0000
Perch 2.4 http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-24 http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-24 We’ve just shipped Perch 2.4 which is a release with no one big headline feature. Instead we have been through the forums and tickets to see which things were causing you most frustration and aimed to resolve some of those issues.

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Tue, 07 Jan 2014 15:52:13 +0000
Five ways to improve your business in 2014 with Perch http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/five-ways-to-improve-your-business-in-2014-with-perch http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/five-ways-to-improve-your-business-in-2014-with-perch We really enjoy hearing your stories about how Perch has helped you to improve your business. As we begin 2014 here are five ways you can give your business a boost with Perch.

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Thu, 02 Jan 2014 09:08:54 +0000
Fixing All The Things http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/fixing-all-the-things http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/fixing-all-the-things We’re currently planning the next milestone release of Perch – version 2.4. It can be too easy to constantly look ahead to what features to add next, when that’s not necessarily the ideal way to make Perch better. Our slogan for this release is fix all the things, and its focus is on revisiting lots of the existing core functionality to make sure it’s as good as it can be.

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Mon, 23 Dec 2013 13:36:59 +0000
Perch Podcast Episode Twenty Eight - Christmas Special http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-podcast-episode-twenty-eight-christmas-special http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-podcast-episode-twenty-eight-christmas-special We review our year and all the things we have been doing and adding to Perch.

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Mon, 23 Dec 2013 12:41:34 +0000
Perch Podcast Episode Twenty-Seven - 24 ways http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-podcast-episode-twenty-seven-24-ways http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-podcast-episode-twenty-seven-24-ways We explain why the long delay since our last podcast and talk about 24 ways, and the new features that will be coming to Perch used to build the 24 ways website for 2013.

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Fri, 13 Dec 2013 14:14:23 +0000
Add a blog commenter to a MailChimp list http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/add-a-blog-commenter-to-a-mailchimp-list http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/add-a-blog-commenter-to-a-mailchimp-list If you have a mailing list or newsletter you want to take every opportunity to encourage people to join it. Did you know that by using the Perch MailChimp Add-on you can give blog commenters the chance to join your list when leaving a comment?

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Fri, 29 Nov 2013 14:05:37 +0000
Perch Podcast Episode Twenty Six - Shipping Code Single-handedly http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-podcast-episode-twenty-six-shipping-code-single-handedly http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-podcast-episode-twenty-six-shipping-code-single-handedly We talk about Perch 2.3.4 and the new Health Check feature, the new MailChimp App and why we are nagging you to upgrade your PHP.

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Mon, 25 Nov 2013 14:09:14 +0000
New Perch MailChimp App http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/new-perch-mailchimp-app http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/new-perch-mailchimp-app We have had a MailChimp Dashboard Widget for some time, displaying stats about your list on the Perch Dashboard. This release turns that simple widget into a fully featured Perch App, with useful functionality both in the admin and on the front-end of your site.

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Mon, 25 Nov 2013 13:23:00 +0000
Perch 2.3.4 Health Check http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-234-health-check http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-234-health-check Our latest Perch Release includes a new section in your Diagnostics Report, the Health Check. If you are running an old version of PHP this is going to start nagging you about it, this post explains why.

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Mon, 25 Nov 2013 10:15:00 +0000
Using the perch:repeater tag to keep your markup under your control http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/using-the-perchrepeater-tag-to-keep-your-markup-under-your-control http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/using-the-perchrepeater-tag-to-keep-your-markup-under-your-control A short tutorial in using the new perch:repeater tag, demonstrating how it can be used to stop markup drifting if content editors need to make decisions about what to use.

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Fri, 22 Nov 2013 14:31:24 +0000
Perch Podcast Episode Twenty Five - Physical Files http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-podcast-episode-twenty-five-physical-files http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-podcast-episode-twenty-five-physical-files We talk about Perch 2.3.3, integrating Perch with MailChimp and answer lots of your questions.

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Fri, 15 Nov 2013 09:56:32 +0000
Perch Podcast Episode Twenty Four - the almost exciting podcasts app http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-podcast-episode-twenty-four-the-almost-exciting-podcasts-app http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-podcast-episode-twenty-four-the-almost-exciting-podcasts-app We talk about our new podcasts app, Rachel’s new site, why you might use Perch instead of WordPress and our special offer for portfolio sites.

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Fri, 08 Nov 2013 09:47:54 +0000
A special deal to use Perch on your agency or freelance portfolio website http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/a-special-deal-to-use-perch-on-your-agency-or-freelance-portfolio-website http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/a-special-deal-to-use-perch-on-your-agency-or-freelance-portfolio-website We are offering a very special deal to freelancers, design and development agencies who want to try out Perch on their own website.

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Wed, 06 Nov 2013 10:05:02 +0000
Perch Podcast Episode Twenty Three - Big In Europe http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-podcast-episode-twenty-three-big-in-europe http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-podcast-episode-twenty-three-big-in-europe We talk about the new Sample app, marketing Perch around the globe, and answer some questions.

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Fri, 01 Nov 2013 15:28:48 +0000
Perch Podcast Episode Twenty Two - Short Stories, Poems http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-podcast-episode-twenty-two-short-stories-poems http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-podcast-episode-twenty-two-short-stories-poems We talk about using Perch runtime functions as tools for drawing content from the CMS, and not just relying on example pages.

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Sat, 26 Oct 2013 09:49:20 +0000
Perch Podcast Episode Twenty One - Gallivanting http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-podcast-episode-twenty-one-gallivanting http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-podcast-episode-twenty-one-gallivanting We talk about our recent trip to North America, and our Toronto and Brooklyn meetups.

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Fri, 18 Oct 2013 13:04:29 +0000
Meetup writeup: Toronto and Brooklyn http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/meetup-writeup-toronto-and-brooklyn http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/meetup-writeup-toronto-and-brooklyn Thank you for coming out and meeting up with us in Toronto and Brooklyn. We really enjoyed meeting up with Perchers and friends of Perch.

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Fri, 11 Oct 2013 10:19:34 +0000
Perch Add-on Developers http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-add-on-developers http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-add-on-developers We’ve had an API for Perch from early on. All of the official add-ons are built using that API, and we know that a large number of you build add-ons using the API for your own use or for specific projects. We feel there is a huge opportunity for some of you to start creating your own, commercial add-ons, and we’d love to know what we can do to encourage that.

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Fri, 27 Sep 2013 15:09:36 +0000
Perch Podcast Episode Twenty - Add On and On and On http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-podcast-episode-twenty-add-on-and-on-and-on http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-podcast-episode-twenty-add-on-and-on-and-on We talk about the potential for some enterprising person to become our first commercial add-on developer and try and clear up some possible misconceptions our policy with commercial add-ons might have caused.

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Fri, 27 Sep 2013 11:44:42 +0000
People love Perch: Matt Gibson http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/people-love-perch-matt-gibson http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/people-love-perch-matt-gibson We love to hear how much People love Perch and this interview is with Matt Gibson, Production Director at Cyber-Duck.

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Thu, 26 Sep 2013 12:08:06 +0000
Perch Meetups: October - NYC and Toronto http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-meetups-october-nyc-and-toronto http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-meetups-october-nyc-and-toronto We will be on the east coast of the US and Canada in October to attend Brooklyn Beta and are going to run a couple of meetups while we are out there. So if you are a Percher in the area or in the area for the conference we’d love to see you there.

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Tue, 24 Sep 2013 12:43:57 +0000
Perch Podcast Episode Nineteen - Perch 2.3 http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-podcast-episode-nineteen-perch-23 http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-podcast-episode-nineteen-perch-23 We have released Perch 2.3 so in this podcast we talk mostly about the new features you will find if you upgrade.

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Fri, 13 Sep 2013 12:29:43 +0000
Perch 2.3 http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-23 http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-23 Today sees the release of Perch 2.3, the latest free update to Perch 2. It includes some big new features and a number of smaller fixes and enhancements to make your experience using Perch even better than before.

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Fri, 13 Sep 2013 12:05:07 +0000
Users and Roles http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/users-and-roles http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/users-and-roles We have created a video to demonstrate how Users and Roles work in Perch, including the use of the new Role Action feature.

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Fri, 13 Sep 2013 12:00:43 +0000
Perch Podcast Episode Eighteen - WYSI rant rant rant http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-podcast-episode-eighteen-wysi-rant-rant-rant http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-podcast-episode-eighteen-wysi-rant-rant-rant We talk about Perch 2.3, which is currently available in Beta to Registered Developers and rant about WYSIWYG editors.

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Thu, 05 Sep 2013 10:47:02 +0000
Perch Podcast Episode Seventeen - an error has occurred http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-podcast-episode-seventeen-an-error-has-occurred http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-podcast-episode-seventeen-an-error-has-occurred We talk about why hacking at Perch Core is a bad idea, and also explain how to find your error log and debug errors and issues as you develop.

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Fri, 16 Aug 2013 10:29:46 +0000
Perch 2.3 Preview: Role Actions http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-23-preview-role-actions http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-23-preview-role-actions Last year, Perch 2 launched with a greatly enhanced users and roles system. One of the pain points with this system is if you need to make a change after your site is already up and running. This is why we’ve created Role Actions in Perch 2.3.

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Fri, 16 Aug 2013 08:55:06 +0000
The Perch Control Panel http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/the-perch-control-panel http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/the-perch-control-panel Take a look at our new video showing how Perch can help you to have happy clients. Perch enables content editors to edit their own sites without needing to pick up the phone and call you.

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Tue, 13 Aug 2013 13:35:24 +0000
Perch Podcast Episode Sixteen - Exciting Things http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-podcast-episode-sixteen-exciting-things http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-podcast-episode-sixteen-exciting-things We talk about the exciting new features that will be part of Perch 2.3 and make a public service announcement aimed at those of you on old versions of PHP and MySQL.

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Fri, 09 Aug 2013 12:06:49 +0000
Upgrade your PHP! http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/upgrade-your-php http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/upgrade-your-php We talked about this on the recent Perch podcast however we think it important enough to merit a post. Please, if you are still running PHP5.2 upgrade.

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Fri, 09 Aug 2013 11:55:41 +0000
Perch Meetups http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-meetups http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-meetups Some information about Perch meetups and how to sign up to be notified about upcoming events.

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Wed, 07 Aug 2013 10:08:48 +0000
Perch Podcast Episode Fifteen - Spam spam chips and spam http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-podcast-episode-fifteen-spam-spam-chips-and-spam http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-podcast-episode-fifteen-spam-spam-chips-and-spam We talk about not being spammers when sending out our emails to Perchers and trying to stop spammers posting blog comments.

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Fri, 02 Aug 2013 11:40:31 +0000
Perch Techniques: Pagination http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-techniques-pagination http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-techniques-pagination We have added some new videos detailing slightly more advanced techniques you may find helpful when developing your Perch sites. In this video Drew shows you how to create Pagination.

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Wed, 31 Jul 2013 09:24:35 +0000
Special offer: Upgrades discounted 50% in July http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/special-offer-upgrades-discounted-50-in-july http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/special-offer-upgrades-discounted-50-in-july It’s been more than a year since the launch of Perch 2, and Perch has come a long way since then. Buy an upgrade in July and save 50% off the normal price.

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Mon, 22 Jul 2013 11:11:06 +0000
Perch Podcast Episode Fourteen - Heat Wave http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-podcast-episode-fourteen-heat-wave http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-podcast-episode-fourteen-heat-wave In the middle of a British heat wave we talk about front end development tools.

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Fri, 19 Jul 2013 12:00:24 +0000
Perch Podcast Episode Thirteen - Crab Cakes http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-podcast-episode-thirteen-crab-cakes http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-podcast-episode-thirteen-crab-cakes We talk about feature requests and what might be coming to Perch in the future based on your feedback.

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Fri, 12 Jul 2013 10:44:45 +0000
What is your top feature request for Perch? http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/what-is-your-top-feature-request-for-perch http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/what-is-your-top-feature-request-for-perch Tell us what you would add to Perch if you could add one feature big or small.

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Wed, 10 Jul 2013 09:15:58 +0000
Perch Podcast: Episode Twelve - brouhaha http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-podcast-episode-twelve-brouhaha http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-podcast-episode-twelve-brouhaha The new demo is live, and we discuss a brouhaha in the CMS world which leads us to thinking about business models.

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Mon, 01 Jul 2013 13:39:40 +0000
People love Perch: Graham Street http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/people-love-perch-graham-street http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/people-love-perch-graham-street We love to hear how much People love Perch and this interview is with Graham Street of Streets Ahead, a website building and hosting company based on the South Coast of the United Kingdom near Worthing.

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Mon, 01 Jul 2013 13:15:04 +0000
Perch Demo Sites http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-demo-sites http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-demo-sites Launched today are our three new demo sites. These sites aim to give you a way to test out Perch Core and many of the official apps. They also demonstrate different ways to develop sites using Perch.

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Mon, 01 Jul 2013 12:04:02 +0000
The new Swift Migrations tutorial http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/the-new-swift-migrations-tutorial http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/the-new-swift-migrations-tutorial As a companion to our new demo sites, we have launched an all-new video tutorial. The tutorial takes you through developing a site based on the Swift Migrations demo.

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Mon, 01 Jul 2013 10:33:20 +0000
Perch Podcast: Episode Eleven - a new demo http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-podcast-episode-eleven-a-new-demo http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-podcast-episode-eleven-a-new-demo With a slightly different format to the podcast this week we talk about the new demo, which we are launching as a beta today.

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Tue, 25 Jun 2013 08:58:08 +0000
Perch Podcast: Episode Ten - how small is small? http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-podcast-episode-ten-how-small-is-small http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-podcast-episode-ten-how-small-is-small We talk about the types of projects that are suitable for Perch and Rachel confesses to not being very good at marketing.

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Fri, 14 Jun 2013 15:36:02 +0000
Perch Podcast: Episode Nine - good demo http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-podcast-episode-nine-good-demo http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-podcast-episode-nine-good-demo After a week off for some airplane and conference business we talk about things that make “good demo” and answer some listener questions.

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Fri, 07 Jun 2013 16:22:44 +0000
Perch is Four http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-is-four http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-is-four It was the evening of May 31st 2009 when we tentatively pushed the first version of our really little CMS out to the world.

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Fri, 31 May 2013 08:15:19 +0000
Perch Podcast: Episode Eight http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-podcast-episode-eight http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-podcast-episode-eight In Episode Eight of the Perch podcast Drew tells us how he has been updating everything and we answer lots of listener questions.

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Fri, 24 May 2013 14:32:17 +0000
People love Perch: John Robinson http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/people-love-perch-john-robinson http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/people-love-perch-john-robinson We love to hear how much People love Perch and this interview is with John Robinson, a freelance graphic designer based in Stockport in the UK.

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Thu, 23 May 2013 10:36:48 +0000
It's all custom fields! http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/its-all-custom-fields http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/its-all-custom-fields We often get pre-sales queries asking if it is possible to use “custom fields” in Perch. In some other CMS products, particularly those – like WordPress – that have come from blog roots, custom fields are a way to add additional fields to a post for editors to complete. Perch however, is different. Perch is entirely based around structured content and therefore every template is a collection of “custom fields”.

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Wed, 22 May 2013 14:50:26 +0000
People love Perch: Clive Walker http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/people-love-perch-clive-walker http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/people-love-perch-clive-walker We love to hear how much People love Perch and this interview is with Clive Walker of CVW Web Design.

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Wed, 22 May 2013 09:37:06 +0000
People love Perch: Adrian Payne http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/people-love-perch-adrian-payne http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/people-love-perch-adrian-payne We love to hear how much People love Perch and this interview is with Adrian Payne, a developer with Brightworks a creative web agency in Dublin, Ireland.

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Tue, 21 May 2013 10:48:14 +0000
People love Perch: Philip Hansen http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/people-love-perch-philip-hansen http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/people-love-perch-philip-hansen We love to hear how much People love Perch and this interview is with Philip Hansen from design agency Open Water who are based in Kent, United Kingdom.

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Fri, 17 May 2013 17:29:17 +0000
Perch Podcast: Episode Seven http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-podcast-episode-seven http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-podcast-episode-seven In episode seven of the Perch podcast we revisit the blog topic of last week to discuss your responses.

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Fri, 17 May 2013 06:55:11 +0000
People love Perch: Urs Bräm http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/people-love-perch-urs-bram http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/people-love-perch-urs-bram We love to hear how much People love Perch and this interview is with Urs Bräm, an independent web designer in Bern, Switzerland.

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Thu, 16 May 2013 15:49:34 +0000
People Love Perch: Andrew Rossborough http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/people-love-perch-andrew-rossborough http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/people-love-perch-andrew-rossborough We love to hear how much People love Perch and this interview is with Andrew Rossborough, Lead Designer at SOLID a team of creatives based in Belfast.

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Wed, 15 May 2013 05:59:15 +0000
Perch Podcast: Episode Six - That's not a blog. http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-podcast-episode-six-thats-not-a-blog http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-podcast-episode-six-thats-not-a-blog In Episode 6 we have a bit of a rant about the Blog App being used for naughty non-Blog things. Talk about why VPS hosting might be a good idea for many sites, and explain how caching with Varnish works.

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Fri, 10 May 2013 09:25:04 +0000
Perch Podcast: Episode Five - Dev environments http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-podcast-episode-five-dev-environments http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-podcast-episode-five-dev-environments In a very nerdy edition of the Perch podcast we talk about servers, how Rachel has been converted to git by way of submodules and discuss development environments when working with Perch.

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Fri, 03 May 2013 10:48:37 +0000
Perch Podcast: Episode Four - Jetsetting http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-podcast-episode-four-jetsetting http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-podcast-episode-four-jetsetting In episode four of the Perch podcast we talk about our conference travels, Drew talks about performance and we answer some of your questions.

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Mon, 29 Apr 2013 09:35:20 +0000
Perch Podcast: Episode Three - Who cares about an Emmy? http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-podcast-episode-three-who-cares-about-an-emmy http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-podcast-episode-three-who-cares-about-an-emmy In our third podcast Drew tells us how he held an Oscar, Rachel admits to not getting much done due to being in hospital and we talk about our proposed referral programme and upcoming conferences.

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Fri, 19 Apr 2013 11:35:06 +0000
Perch Podcast: Episode Two http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-podcast-episode-two http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-podcast-episode-two In our second podcast – now on iTunes – we talk about the latest version of Perch and Blog, the Registered Developer Programme and answer some of your questions.

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Fri, 12 Apr 2013 11:00:18 +0000
Perch Podcast: Episode One - is this thing on? http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-podcast-episode-one-is-this-thing-on http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-podcast-episode-one-is-this-thing-on In episode one of the Perch podcast we talk about some things we could talk about, update you on what we have been doing and answer some questions from Twitter.

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Fri, 05 Apr 2013 13:35:51 +0000
Perch on GitHub http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-on-github http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-on-github We’ve started sharing some useful resources on GitHub.

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Wed, 03 Apr 2013 11:59:10 +0000
Perch Layouts http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-layouts http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-layouts In Perch 2.2 we introduced a new feature to help in structuring your Perch sites – Layouts. This post explains how they work – along with an example implementation you can download.

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Wed, 03 Apr 2013 09:26:24 +0000
Sending Email with Postmark http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/sending-email-with-postmark http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/sending-email-with-postmark With the new Members app it’s likely that you’ll be using Perch to send more outgoing email than you were before. In the case of emails that go to your site members, it’s particularly important that these get through – if they don’t, you’ll have unhappy customers and lots of customer support to cope with.

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Wed, 03 Apr 2013 09:05:55 +0000
New feature: Republishing http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/new-feature-republishing http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/new-feature-republishing As a new feature in Perch 2.2.1, republishing does the same job as clicking Save on every region of your site. It goes through each page and recompiles each region’s content with the current version of its template, and caches the result.

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Tue, 02 Apr 2013 09:25:08 +0000
Customising List Columns http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/customising-list-columns http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/customising-list-columns Perch 2.2 introduces the ability to customise which columns are displayed when editing a multiple item region in list/detail edit mode.

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Thu, 28 Mar 2013 12:39:33 +0000
People Love Perch: Chris Gerringer http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/people-love-perch-chris-gerringer http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/people-love-perch-chris-gerringer We love to hear how much People love Perch and this interview is with Chris Gerringer of Paperbeatsscissors – a design studio based in Midwest US.

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Tue, 26 Mar 2013 08:35:01 +0000
People love Perch: James Stanley http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/people-love-perch-james-stanley http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/people-love-perch-james-stanley We love to hear how much People love Perch and this interview is with James Stanley of App Haus – a web and mobile applications development company based in Staffordshire, United Kingdom.

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Mon, 25 Mar 2013 11:45:09 +0000
People love Perch: Jim Clarkson http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/people-love-perch-jim-clarkson http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/people-love-perch-jim-clarkson We love to hear how much People love Perch and this interview is with Jim Clarkson of jimdesign.co.uk – a one man graphic design studio based in the south-east of England near Tunbridge Wells.

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Fri, 22 Mar 2013 11:31:52 +0000
People love Perch http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/people-love-perch http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/people-love-perch We’re launching a new section of the Perch site today by publishing two interviews with customers from Unleash It and WeCreate.

People love Perch aims to give some insight into the type of people who use Perch and why it is useful to them. We’ll be posting some more interviews in the next few days and are always on the lookout for more stories and feedback.

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Thu, 21 Mar 2013 16:26:36 +0000
People love Perch: Andy Howells http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/people-love-perch-andy-howells http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/people-love-perch-andy-howells We love to hear how much People love Perch and this interview is with Andy Howells of Unleash It – a small web dev & design shop in Southampton, UK.

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Thu, 21 Mar 2013 14:04:30 +0000
People love Perch: WeCreate http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/people-love-perch-wecreate http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/people-love-perch-wecreate We love to hear how much People love Perch and this interview is with WeCreate – a digital agency based in Reading, Berkshire who undertake a range of services for the likes of Oxfam and the University of Oxford.

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Thu, 21 Mar 2013 13:57:39 +0000
Posterous import for Perch blog - and ways to enhance your listings http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/posterous-import-for-perch-blog-and-ways-to-enhance-your-listings http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/posterous-import-for-perch-blog-and-ways-to-enhance-your-listings With the announcement that Posterous was to close down at the end of April, we had a number of people ask if it would be possible to import a Posterous blog from the export file they provided. We have updated the official blog addon to make this easy and, at the same time, released a couple of Feathers that can help you add extra style to your blog listing pages or any repeated content.

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Tue, 19 Mar 2013 14:15:54 +0000
Pricing news from Perch http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/pricing-news-from-perch http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/pricing-news-from-perch Announcing a price increase for new licenses bought from April 2013. Read this post for full details.

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Fri, 01 Mar 2013 15:06:37 +0000
Image Enhancements in Perch 2.1 for Responsive Designs http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/image-enhancements-in-perch-21-for-responsive-designs http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/image-enhancements-in-perch-21-for-responsive-designs Perch 2.1 has improved image support, enabling you to use regular templates to deliver both responsive and compressive images in your content managed sites.

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Fri, 18 Jan 2013 11:17:12 +0000
New Adventures Conference http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/new-adventures-conference http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/new-adventures-conference We are sponsoring New Adventures later this month. Pop along to our stand to say hello, ask us questions or pick up some cute Perch Merch.

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Wed, 16 Jan 2013 11:11:49 +0000
Be part of our new Customer Stories section http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/be-part-of-our-new-customer-stories-section http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/be-part-of-our-new-customer-stories-section We are working on content for a new section of the site showcasing how people use Perch. This post explains what we are looking for and how you can get involved.

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Wed, 28 Nov 2012 14:26:44 +0000
Scheduled tasks and build your own dashboard widgets http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/scheduled-tasks-and-build-your-own-dashboard-widgets http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/scheduled-tasks-and-build-your-own-dashboard-widgets Perch 2.0.8 has just shipped. This minor release includes two interesting pieces of functionality; scheduled tasks and the ability to add your own dashboard widgets.

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Fri, 02 Nov 2012 15:46:50 +0000
Things developers should know about Perch http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/things-developers-should-know-about-perch http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/things-developers-should-know-about-perch You know that Perch is the really little CMS, but we frequently find that our customers are not aware of all of the power and flexibility built into Perch. Perch is highly extensible in a number of ways, can be used alongside another application or as the framework for a comprehensive add-on incorporated into the Perch admin UI.

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Wed, 31 Oct 2012 08:55:19 +0000
Perch Blog 3.5 http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-blog-35 http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-blog-35 Today we have made live a new version of the Blog App for Perch 2, Blog Version 3.5. This includes a WordPress importer, simpler friendly URLs and a number of tweaks and performance optimizations.

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Mon, 01 Oct 2012 13:05:22 +0000
Introducing Perch Feathers http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/introducing-perch-feathers http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/introducing-perch-feathers Perch Feathers is a new type of add-on, aimed at making it possible to manage front-end assets, CSS, JavaScript and images through Perch.

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Fri, 28 Sep 2012 09:16:16 +0000
Why does Perch use a database? http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/why-does-perch-use-a-database http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/why-does-perch-use-a-database There are a number of content management systems available that, like Perch, seek to solve the small CMS problem. Some of those use the fact they have no database as a feature. We sometimes get asked why Perch uses MySQL and this post is to explain some of the reasons behind that.

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Fri, 31 Aug 2012 10:10:53 +0000
Development Guides http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/development-guides http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/development-guides New in the documentation this week is a series that we have called Development Guides. Let us know if there are other subjects you would like to see covered in tutorials.

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Fri, 17 Aug 2012 09:53:54 +0000
A question of Themes/Style Packs for Perch http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/a-question-of-themesstyle-packs-for-perch http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/a-question-of-themesstyle-packs-for-perch We are trying to find the best way to include themes or style packs in Perch, and we really need your feedback.

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Mon, 13 Aug 2012 13:45:27 +0000
Autumn/Fall conferencing http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/autumnfall-conferencing http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/autumnfall-conferencing Both Drew and Rachel are speaking at conferences later this year, this post is to let you know where we are speaking and attending. We love chatting to Perchers so do say hello if you happen to be at one of these events.

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Thu, 09 Aug 2012 12:14:07 +0000
The Perch Dashboard http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/the-perch-dashboard http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/the-perch-dashboard When revising the interface for Perch 2 we wanted to keep things as familiar as possible. So the default view you get when logging into your site is your page listing – direct access to your site content.

However, in Perch 2 there is a new option for that first screen – the Perch Dashboard. This post is to introduce you to Dashboard, explain how to enable it, and explain our plans for this feature.

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Wed, 08 Aug 2012 10:53:26 +0000
The new Perch website http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/the-new-perch-website http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/the-new-perch-website Along with the new version of the product we also decided to refresh the Perch website and our documentation. Find out about the relaunched Perch site.

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Fri, 20 Jul 2012 11:00:58 +0000
Upgrading to Perch 2 http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/upgrading-to-perch-2 http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/upgrading-to-perch-2 Perch 2 has landed! If you’ve got an existing site that you would like to upgrade to Perch 2, we’ve tried to make that as easy as possible. We’ve also got a special discount if you get in early.

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Mon, 16 Jul 2012 12:48:28 +0000
Perch 2 has landed http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-2-has-landed http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-2-has-landed We are very happy to announce that Perch 2 is here and ready to fly!

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Mon, 16 Jul 2012 09:49:48 +0000
Perch 2 requires PHP 5.2 http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-2-requires-php-52 http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-2-requires-php-52 When we launched the first version of Perch back in June 2009, we took the step of requiring PHP 5.0 or greater. Three years later, with Perch 2 being a major upgrade in all areas, we’ve taken the opportunity to re-examine those basic system requirements. As a result, Perch 2 will require PHP 5.2 or greater to run.

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Tue, 12 Jun 2012 11:26:16 +0000
Perch 2 Beta http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-2-beta http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-2-beta We’re looking for beta testers to help us make sure the new version of Perch is ready to land. Interested in helping? Find out more in this post.

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Thu, 31 May 2012 17:01:10 +0000
Introducing Perch 2 http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/introducing-perch-2 http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/introducing-perch-2 Today Perch – the really little CMS – is three years old. To celebrate we’re announcing Perch 2 with a whole host of improvements based on the things you have asked for.

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Thu, 31 May 2012 16:46:03 +0000
Help us make a video! http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/help-us-make-a-video http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/help-us-make-a-video Perch will be three years old on May 31st. That’s quite a milestone in the life of a really little CMS and we thought we’d like to make a little video to mark the occasion featuring some of our Perchers.

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Tue, 15 May 2012 13:25:23 +0000
Structured content management with Perch http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/structured-content-management-with-perch http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/structured-content-management-with-perch One of the core concepts contained in the development of Perch was the desire to create structured content. At edgeofmyseat.com we had been building large-scale, custom systems with structured content at their core for several years. With Perch we wanted to bring that idea into a smaller scale, easily deployed CMS. We don’t believe that small sites should care about their content any less than a large site.

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Wed, 04 Apr 2012 14:07:01 +0000
Building the next version of Blog http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/building-the-next-version-of-blog http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/building-the-next-version-of-blog It’s time has come to think about the Blog app again. For those of you who use Blog, or have considered it and decided against, we’d like to hear from you.

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Wed, 21 Mar 2012 10:20:23 +0000
Supercharging the Gallery app http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/supercharging-the-gallery-app http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/supercharging-the-gallery-app Ever since its launch, our free Gallery app has been one of the most popular. As is so often the case, when an app gets a lot of use we begin to see how its flexibility and usefulness can be improved.

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Wed, 04 Jan 2012 14:29:52 +0000
Tip: sizing textareas to keep edit forms tidy http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/tip-sizing-textareas-to-keep-edit-forms-tidy http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/tip-sizing-textareas-to-keep-edit-forms-tidy One of the great strengths of Perch is the flexibility to construct content forms that match the nature of your content. Often you know when a field like a textarea should expect a little or a lot of content.

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Mon, 12 Dec 2011 16:57:47 +0000
Tip: using before and after to output mark-up wrapping a repeating region http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/tip-using-before-and-after-to-output-mark-up-wrapping-a-repeating-region http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/tip-using-before-and-after-to-output-mark-up-wrapping-a-repeating-region The perch:before and perch:after tags enable you to wrap a region with mark-up that will only be displayed if the region has content.

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Fri, 09 Dec 2011 10:11:52 +0000
Tip: Creating excerpts using words and chars http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/tip-creating-excerpts-using-words-and-chars http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/tip-creating-excerpts-using-words-and-chars This tips explains how to use the words and chars attributes to create excerpts.

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Thu, 08 Dec 2011 16:25:15 +0000
Tip: numbering items in a template http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/tip-numbering-items-in-a-template http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/tip-numbering-items-in-a-template Sometimes, when outputting a multiple item region, it’s useful to be able to number the items. This can be achieved with perch_item_index.

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Wed, 07 Dec 2011 12:03:53 +0000
Tip: adding customised help to your edit forms http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/tip-adding-customised-help-to-your-edit-forms http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/tip-adding-customised-help-to-your-edit-forms The perch:help tag gives you the ability to add instructional information, images and even video to any administration form in Perch.

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Tue, 06 Dec 2011 12:00:30 +0000
Tip: Adding help text to your admin form fields - the help attribute http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/tip-adding-help-text-to-your-admin-form-fields-the-help-attribute http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/tip-adding-help-text-to-your-admin-form-fields-the-help-attribute The help attribute for template tags enables the developer to provide help next to individual form fields in the admin area.

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Mon, 05 Dec 2011 09:52:44 +0000
Tip: Identifying first and last items in a template http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/tip-identifying-first-and-last-items-in-a-template http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/tip-identifying-first-and-last-items-in-a-template The perch_item_first and perch_item_last special ID values can be used to identify the first and last items in a multiple-item template.

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Fri, 02 Dec 2011 12:53:25 +0000
Tip: Switching between odd and even items in templates http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/tip-switching-between-odd-and-even-items-in-templates http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/tip-switching-between-odd-and-even-items-in-templates There are a few little gems in the Perch templating engine that are easy to miss in the documentation. One such gem is the special ID value perch_item_odd.

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Wed, 30 Nov 2011 21:02:54 +0000
Perch documentation Cheat Sheet http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-documentation-cheat-sheet http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-documentation-cheat-sheet We’ve created a “cheat sheet” quick reference as a way to explore the template tags offered by Perch.

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Tue, 08 Nov 2011 10:25:53 +0000
Perch add-ons - what should we develop next? http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-add-ons-what-should-we-develop-next http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-add-ons-what-should-we-develop-next Our official add-ons are free for anyone with a Perch license. We strongly believe that you should know what developing your site will cost in license fees. If you have paid for Perch – you can download and install every single one of our add-ons if you like, with no additional cost.

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Thu, 22 Sep 2011 10:30:33 +0000
Customer Stories: Ryan Singer of 37signals http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/customer-stories-ryan-singer-of-37signals http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/customer-stories-ryan-singer-of-37signals In an interview for our Customer Stories series of posts, Ryan Singer of 37signals explains why he uses Perch.

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Fri, 09 Sep 2011 16:45:12 +0000
Perch 1.7 - Forms and Search http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-17-forms-and-search http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-17-forms-and-search Today we have made live the Perch 1.7 release which contains, in addition to a few bug fixes and tweaks, two huge new features – Perch Forms and search.

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Thu, 18 Aug 2011 14:46:39 +0000
The Perch Registered Developer Programme http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/the-perch-registered-developer-programme http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/the-perch-registered-developer-programme Yesterday we launched our new Perch Registered Developer Programme. This is open to any individual freelancer or company who develops sites using Perch. Our aim is to promote companies who use Perch and also to provide a listing for people who are looking for someone to build a site or Perch add-on. In this way we hope the network will be beneficial to the members but also to the entire community.

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Tue, 26 Jul 2011 08:55:29 +0000
HTML5 Templates for Perch http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/html5-templates-for-perch http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/html5-templates-for-perch As the solution for using HTML5 with Perch shows, Perch can easily be used to manage content on an HTML5 site as you have complete control of your mark-up. For those of you working in HTML5 we’ve created a set of default templates for Perch which are a direct replacement for the existing templates (found in /perch/templates/content) and can simply be dropped in and used or edited.

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Thu, 21 Jul 2011 09:48:34 +0000
How to use the new support system http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/how-to-use-the-new-support-system http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/how-to-use-the-new-support-system If you’ve needed to ask for help, or visited the forums in the last couple of weeks you’ll be aware that we have moved over to a new, integrated system for support, forums and documentation. We hope that this will help to end confusion about where to post and make it easier for us to support you and for the community to help each other.

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Mon, 18 Jul 2011 20:05:50 +0000
What keeps you from being able to use Perch? http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/what-keeps-you-from-being-able-to-use-perch http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/what-keeps-you-from-being-able-to-use-perch On the most recent project where you chose not to use Perch – what stopped you? What is Perch currently missing that would enable you to choose it for more projects?

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Wed, 01 Jun 2011 11:24:10 +0000
Perch is Two plus our new Pages app http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-is-two-plus-our-new-pages-app http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-is-two-plus-our-new-pages-app Perch is two years old today, to celebrate we’ve launched a completely rewritten version of the Pages app.

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Tue, 31 May 2011 14:01:05 +0000
Running Perch on PHP Fog http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/running-perch-on-php-fog http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/running-perch-on-php-fog New startup PHP Fog is an interesting prospect for Perch customers looking to host their sites in the cloud.

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Wed, 11 May 2011 11:33:25 +0000
Meet the Perch team http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/meet-the-perch-team http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/meet-the-perch-team Drew McLellan and Rachel Andrew, the team behind Perch, are speaking at and attending various conferences this year.

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Thu, 14 Apr 2011 14:43:32 +0000
Customer Stories: John Robinson of Heaton Creative http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/customer-stories-john-robinson-of-heaton-creative http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/customer-stories-john-robinson-of-heaton-creative In an interview for our Customer Stories series of posts, John Robinson of Heaton Creative explains why he uses Perch.

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Wed, 09 Mar 2011 21:33:11 +0000
Customer Stories: Al Macmillan of Atomised Co-operative Ltd http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/customer-stories-al-macmillan-of-atomised-co-operative-ltd http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/customer-stories-al-macmillan-of-atomised-co-operative-ltd In an interview for our Customer Stories series of posts, Al Macmillan of Atomised Co-operative Ltd explains why he uses Perch.

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Wed, 09 Mar 2011 21:22:20 +0000
Customer Stories: Marc Sanders of Third Floor Design http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/customer-stories-marc-sanders-of-third-floor-design http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/customer-stories-marc-sanders-of-third-floor-design In an interview for our Customer Stories series of posts, Marc Sanders of Third Floor Design explains why he uses Perch.

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Thu, 03 Mar 2011 09:19:58 +0000
Customer Stories: Alex Tebbutt of Ifnotwhynot http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/customer-stories-alex-tebbutt-of-ifnotwhynot http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/customer-stories-alex-tebbutt-of-ifnotwhynot In an interview for our Customer Stories series of posts, Alex Tebbutt of Ifnotwhynot explains why he uses Perch.

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Wed, 02 Mar 2011 21:52:11 +0000
Customer Stories: Todd of Xiiro http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/customer-stories-todd-of-xiiro http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/customer-stories-todd-of-xiiro In an interview for our Customer Stories series of posts, Todd of Xiiro explains why he uses Perch.

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Wed, 02 Mar 2011 21:38:00 +0000
Customer Stories: Matt Stauffer of Matt Stauffer Design http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/customer-stories-matt-stauffer-of-matt-stauffer-design http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/customer-stories-matt-stauffer-of-matt-stauffer-design In an interview for our Customer Stories series of posts, Matt Stauffer of Matt Stauffer Design explains why he uses Perch.

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Tue, 01 Mar 2011 11:09:49 +0000
Customer Stories: Dan Fox of Dan Fox Copywriting http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/customer-stories-dan-fox-of-dan-fox-copywriting http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/customer-stories-dan-fox-of-dan-fox-copywriting In an interview for our Customer Stories series of posts, Dan Fox of Dan Fox Copywriting explains why he uses Perch.

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Tue, 01 Mar 2011 10:48:01 +0000
Customer Stories: Danielle Nelson of Hot Glue Media http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/customer-stories-danielle-nelson-of-hot-glue-media http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/customer-stories-danielle-nelson-of-hot-glue-media In an interview for our Customer Stories series of posts, Danielle Nelson from Hot Glue Media explains why she uses Perch.

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Tue, 01 Mar 2011 10:24:22 +0000
Customer Stories: Andrew Appleton from Float Left http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/customer-stories-andrew-appleton-from-float-left http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/customer-stories-andrew-appleton-from-float-left In an interview for our Customer Stories series of posts, Andrew Appleton from Float Left explains why he uses Perch.

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Tue, 01 Mar 2011 09:45:30 +0000
Customer Stories: Greg Riley from Technology Applied http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/customer-stories-greg-riley-from-technology-applied http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/customer-stories-greg-riley-from-technology-applied In an interview for our Customer Stories series of posts, Greg Riley from Technology Applied explains why he uses Perch.

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Mon, 28 Feb 2011 16:42:39 +0000
Customer Stories: Dave Ellis from NoVolume http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/customer-stories-dave-ellis-from-novolume http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/customer-stories-dave-ellis-from-novolume In an interview for our Customer Stories series of posts, Dave Ellis from NoVolume explains why he uses Perch.

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Mon, 28 Feb 2011 16:39:50 +0000
Our policy on commercial add-ons http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/our-policy-on-commercial-add-ons http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/our-policy-on-commercial-add-ons With the launch of the developer API we have started to be asked about our policy on third party Apps. In particular, whether we are happy with developers creating and selling add-ons for Perch. So this post is an answer to that question.

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Tue, 22 Feb 2011 14:01:39 +0000
Perch video tutorial http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-video-tutorial http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-video-tutorial Two weeks ago we held a Perch chat in IRC, and a bunch of Perchers came along and heard about some of our plans for the product and also gave us some ideas about what they would like to see next for Perch.

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Mon, 24 Jan 2011 10:59:18 +0000
Announcing Perch 1.6 http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/announcing-perch-16 http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/announcing-perch-16 It’s update time again, and Perch 1.6 brings a number of new features to help make keeping your site up-to-date even easier.

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Mon, 29 Nov 2010 10:32:27 +0000
Would you like a blog with that? http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/would-you-like-a-blog-with-that http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/would-you-like-a-blog-with-that To make it really easy to publish a blog as part of your site, we’ve made a free Blog app available. It’s the quickest way to start blogging with Perch.

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Mon, 20 Sep 2010 13:10:06 +0000
Perch site solutions http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-site-solutions http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-site-solutions Read about our new “Solutions for …” section on this website and find out how to post your own sites for inclusion.

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Sat, 18 Sep 2010 16:37:22 +0000
Write about Perch, grab Perch merch http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/write-about-perch-grab-perch-merch http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/write-about-perch-grab-perch-merch Help us spread the word about Perch by posting to your website or blog and we’ll send you a Perch t-shirt and other goodies!

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Wed, 11 Aug 2010 10:47:31 +0000
New docs, new version and a new Events app http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/new-docs-new-version-and-a-new-events-app http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/new-docs-new-version-and-a-new-events-app It’s been a busy week for Perch. We’ve released version 1.5.5, new documentation, an Events app and plugins for TinyMCE and CKEditor.

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Wed, 11 Aug 2010 10:18:42 +0000
Introducing Perch 1.5 http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/introducing-perch-15 http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/introducing-perch-15 As well as being our first birthday (Perch is one year old today!) we’ve just launched version 1.5 with all sorts of interesting new features and some small fixes for existing functionality.

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Tue, 01 Jun 2010 20:50:45 +0000
Why we ask you to sign up for our demo http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/why-we-ask-you-to-sign-up-for-our-demo http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/why-we-ask-you-to-sign-up-for-our-demo We often get asked by people who are interested in Perch why we ask people to sign up for a demo. This post explains why we do that and the reasons behind our demo solution.

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Thu, 18 Feb 2010 10:43:40 +0000
Latest Perch news http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/latest-perch-news http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/latest-perch-news This post brings you up to date with news from Perch, the 1.2.5 release, our Facebook page and solutions centre.

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Sun, 17 Jan 2010 16:02:12 +0000
Announcing Perch 1.2 http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/announcing-perch-12 http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/announcing-perch-12 We’ve launched Perch 1.2 with a small number of bug fixes and lots of exciting new features.

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Mon, 19 Oct 2009 15:35:43 +0000
Perch at dConstruct http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-at-dconstruct http://www.grabaperch.com/blog/archive/perch-at-dconstruct In September we took Perch to Brighton as a sponsor of the popular web conference dConstruct. This was a great chance for us to meet and talk to people about Perch and also to hand out our Perch button badges, stickers and discount cards from our stand.

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