What do you get in Perch Runway?
Perch Runway is a CMS built for people who create websites for their clients. Our aim is to help you quickly build top-class websites, and to provide an experience for clients that helps them go about their business efficiently. Think of us as your toolkit for creating content-driven sites.
Here are some highlights from our features that we are really proud of. You can also take a look around our documentation for specifics - or get in touch and ask us a question.
The fastest sites have speed considered right through the stack, Runway has been built to be as fast as possible. We’ll avoid adding features if they are likely to harm performance.
Any Resource Bucket can be configured to use a CDN, helping make your assets load more quickly.
In Perch Runway you will find the ability to work with Varnish Cache, automatically purging pages from the cache when edits happen.
Runway has no themes or inbuilt mark-up. Develop your own starting points, or start from scratch. You’ll never have to overrule our decisions first.
Build a template for some content, and the template tags become the editing UI in the Control Panel. No need to create forms and editing screens - Perch Runway handles that for you.
As all of your markup is up to you, Runway doesn’t care whether you are creating HTML, XML, JSON or any other text format. Create the content you need, in the format you want.
Add fields to represent any content, and be sure that your editors always know what to enter by adding custom help text.
Perch Runway offers flexible ways to create site navigation, using the same template language used everywhere.
Use Runway with your existing front-end tool chain. We fit in with the way you want to work rather than imposing a new workflow.
With Runway you won’t need to create detailed explanations about adding content to a certain channel or category in order for it to appear somewhere on the site. You can tailor the editing experience so the content appears in the CMS in a way that relates to their model of the content.
Runway has a number of ways to add help information as you build the editing UI. This reduces the need for content editors to refer back to documentation, and gives them confidence when editing.
Give your content editors confidence to create new content. They can create changes as a draft and preview how they look. Undo allows them to back out of a change if needed.
You can remove Perch branding from the Control Panel, rename the perch folder and even add your own UI customizations.
In Perch Runway you can set up a scheduled database backup to any cloud storage bucket - or even Dropbox.
Not all site content is a page. Larger sites have content stores that need to be reused, related to each other and displayed in different ways. Collections gives you powerful tools to do that.
Content Relationships between Collections is a powerful way to develop complex content structures in a way that remains really simple to edit. Power for developers. Simplicity for editors.
Perch Runway supports Amazon S3 and Rackspace CloudFiles. You can set up a resource bucket on these services and files will be seamlessly stored there. Coupled with a CDN this allows you to serve assets and images from the cloud.
Perch Runway has a front controller pattern and an elegant system of URL routing, making it easy to structure your site just the way you want it.
There are a number of ways to extend the functionality of Perch Runway using our API. Your custom applications can fit right into the Control Panel offering a seamless experience.
Add forms to your site and choose to email the data or store it for download as CSV.
Sell anything from ebooks to physical items with our amazing Shop Addon.