People Love Perch - Ryan Gittings

We love to hear how much People Love Perch. This interview is with Ryan Gittings.

Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m a freelance web designer, providing web design in London, Bristol and Cardiff. I’m obsessed with UX, and love delivery unique experiences. I specialise in UI/UX, and build all sorts of websites, from small to large.

What sites have you used Perch for recently?

I built my own portfolio site – Web Design London – using Perch. It allows me to add and edit items in my portfolio, as well as text and images very easily. Perch generates all the thumbnails for the images in my gallery, which saves me lots of work!

Green Hut Energy provide the latest green energy producing products, well thought out energy saving devices, bringing your home or business up to its most efficient level designed. I built and integrated Perch into the site, so that they could manage the wealth of content that exists. There is a lot of content to manage, so choosing the right CMS was important.

Why did you choose Perch?

Perch is so simple, I never need to train anyone to use it because it is intuitive, and familiar. It has no ‘bloat’ unlike many other CMS’s I have tried, and this is why its perfect for my clients. I am obsessed with UX on site, and Perch allows me to deliver a good experience to my client also.

How did you find working with Perch?

It’s wonderful for clients, and the best way I’ve found to train them is to let them jump in head first, and every single one has managed to figure out how to manage their content. If you post on the forums, you get quick responses, and it’s usually resolved! Perch doesn’t limit me design wise, nor does it add lots of code to my pages, it’s literally perfect.

On the rare occasion I have needed to get onto support, I’ve had a response very very quickly, and the problem has been sorted. Super customer service. I also love the fact that Perch listen to their customers, giving them a say in the future of Perch, repeating regions was an example of where many people got in touch requesting it, and was delivered in an update.

How do the content creators/site owners find working with Perch?

They love it. The familiarity of word is reinforced with CKeditor, and the apps make navigation clean and simple. It’s intuitive, yet not restrictive. They find it much better than other alternatives which they’ve used in the past, organised, well designed and intuitive. All my clients have had no trouble using it, even the computer illiterate ones, which speaks for itself.