How Arid Software adds value with CloudCannon

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With Andrew Ek, Co-Founder

Finding the right CMS for your content

When Arid Software co-founder Andrew Ek discovered CloudCannon’s Git-based CMS, it marked the end of a long discovery process for a client whose web development project had reached a roadblock.

More than a hundred hours of development work had already gone into the website project, but while Arid’s client had loved the intuitive WYSIWYG interface offered by website builders such as Webflow, their project also needed more sophisticated developer tools in order to achieve fidelity to their approved design mockups, as well as including the varied types of content they needed to display.

Andrew had spent hours comparing the features of more than 40 headless content management systems, hoping to find the perfect CMS, but assuming that at the very least he would be able to present a reasonable alternative to his client’s detailed wishlist.

And then he found CloudCannon.

"CloudCannon sits really beautifully at that mesh point between the developer experience of creating a site and the client or stakeholder experience of editing it."

How CloudCannon ticks all the boxes

Rather than lose the work that had already gone into the project, Andrew was able to sync his pre-built site in CloudCannon, get it up and running in minutes, and then add an intuitive visual editing interface for his non-technical client.

CloudCannon’s Git-based CMS ticked all the boxes that Arid Software was looking for, with full support for developer interactions, Git support for version control, and easy two-way Git syncing for collaboration between Arid’s developers and his client’s content editors.

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Developer-focused support and documentation

Andrew has also found the benefits of CloudCannon‘s world-class support, with “super responsive” product developers on hand to answer his questions, and clear documentation for setting up new web projects. 

With the wide range of static site generators supported by CloudCannon, Arid Software is more empowered than ever to do what they do best — create stunning websites for their clients, and let their clients manage their own content edits without developer oversight.

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Always adding value for clients

CloudCannon offers significant features for Arid’s clients, at little additional cost. As Andrew notes, the difference in development time between creating a basic static site and creating a CloudCannon site with click-to-edit functionality is very small, but for his clients, there’s a huge difference in what they can achieve with a site they can edit themselves.

"I feel very comfortable being able to offer a feature like client editing without it changing a client’s budget very much."
Andrew Ek

I'm a big fan of what CloudCannon offers. If I had a client who wanted to assert a brand in a cohesive style, rather than just making use of something out of the box, CloudCannon would be the first thing I'd reach for.