Perch deserves more attention...

Earlier this year @coryetzkorn posted an article about Choosing the Best CMS. It was mentioned in quite a lot of the weekly roundups and got lots of retweets. It’s a good roundup, but after reading it, I couldn’t help thinking why wasn’t Perch included?

Obviously I’m biased, but as far as I can see Perch is easier to use and has a more comprehensive feature-set than many of the CMSs covered on the list, so why the omission?

Cory’s article wasn’t the first and won’t be the last to overlook Perch. My suspicion is to make it in these lists you need at least one of the following:

  • An enormous user base (like Wordpress)
  • A huge advertising budget (like Squarespace)
  • Some significant backers (like Craft)
  • Some hype (like Jekyll)

Perch is a relatively small operation and doesn’t benefit much from any of the above. But it is clearly growing organically and it seems that everyone who uses or reviews it, loves it. I guess generating the momentum of Craft might just take a little while. My hope is that the addition of Perch Shop and enterprise-friendly features like Paranoid mode might speed the process up a little.

Phil Smith

Phil Smith

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  1. Actually Craft had a waiting user base abd developer base as it came about largly due to some frustration with ExpressionEngine at the time (my understanding of events as they unfolded). So Craft got a big boost to start with. – a ready audience who mostly already had an existing relationship with Craft dev team through thier very popular, and very good, EEcms extensions. Perch started from scratch to answer a different need and has evolved since. It is a pity that it doesn’t make these top cms lists but to find a positive that gives us a commercial advantage!

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