What is enough CMS?
I started blogging in 2005 using Userland Software’s Radio. By 2006, I had switched to WordPress and have been very happy with it for developing everything from simple blogs to complex websites. Along the way, I tried Joomla and Drupal, but found them unwieldy for my clients to make changes to. WordPress was a simpler system to teach to clients, but still required some time and, once in a while, video tutorials.
WordPress also offered much quicker web page building and maintenance. Even if a client didn’t want to add or edit content and preferred me to do it, the ease of doing it in WordPress saved me time and them money.
So, as you might guess, I have been a big fan of WordPress for many years. I have attended WordCamps in Columbus, OH and Louisville, KY for a few years and plan to attend a few more next year. For me, WordPress is a tool I want to know more about as its capabilities expand and creative developers find new ways to add features to it.
Sometimes I have a prospective client approach me who has an HTML website and wants to keep it that way. But they’d like to be able to make small edits to their content and don’t wish to experience the learning curve of HTML, PHP, CSS, etc. They don’t want me to convert their site to WordPress for any number if reasons. They just want to be able to edit what they’ve got.
Sometimes what they’ve got is worth saving; sometimes not. When it is not, I try to convince them that now would be the ideal time to upgrade their entire web presence. When what they have is up-to-date style-wise and perfectly useful, I search for another solution.
SnippetMaster has come to the rescue on more than one occasion. But is limited in capabilities and pretty clunky looking. Teaching a client to use it properly has been something of a chore.
So what can you do?
If you run into this situation, what would you do? You might look to Perch, a pure CMS system that can be installed on any website. Without trying to serve multiple purposes, such as blogging, Perch is even simpler for your clients to edit content than other, more popular CMSs.
The nice thing about Perch is that it can be installed on any existing website with no modification to the design. If your pages are all .html, you will have to change them to .php and put proper 301 redirects in place to retain search engine ranking, but that is a fairly simple task.
At the Perch website you can read about all of its features and watch a video that shows you how easy it is to deploy Perch on an existing website. You can also learn about Perch Runway for those bigger projects that need a more powerful CMS. But for most websites, the basic Perch app is more than adequate.
I would advise seeking a professional web developer to implement Perch on your website as they have a deeper understanding of all that Perch can do to make your online life easier.