You buy the licence from Perch and they give you a licence key. You then download the software and follow their easy to use installation instructions.
You then log back in on their site and download the apps (Blog, Twitter, FoxyCart etc.) you install them all in the same way… but uploading the download the apps folder on the server and copying a piece of code (they show you) into the apps config file.
When you login to the CMS (normally http://www.yourwebsite.com/perch/) you will see tabs at the top to click through to the app itself.
Out of the box, there are templates you can use to make sure it’s working how it should be. Then, what I do is create the 3 template pages in Freeway (index.php, archive.php and post.php) in the same style as the rest of my site. I then open up the template files I been using to test it (the ones they supply) and copy the <div /div> code and paste that into my freeway pages as markup.
I do that on all 3 pages (bear in mind that all perch pages need a line of code in the /head to tell the CMS it’s Perch driven page - they give you this piece of code in the instructions too).
Different apps and different functions you need do mean you have to go into it a bit further by editing templates / css files etc. and that is the only area I’ve had issues with - mainly as I’m not a coder, just getting used to it.
That’s about it for the whole CMS really.
The support team at Perch and FoxyCart are brilliant - they respond almost immediately and point you in the right direction. It’s pretty satisfying when you get it all working and all from within one CMS login area.
Areas I have using Perch:
Blog (main pages, plus pulling latest 3 headlines into other areas of the site)
On other sites I have installed the events diary, advertising space and FoxyCart commerce system too.
I highly recommend it. It’s open up a whole different world by doing it yourself rather than employing a developer.
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