We’ve updated Perch with a number of new features and bug fixes discovered through our support system. This is an update to Perch 2. Please read the full Perch 2.0 update notes if updating from Perch 1.
Do I need to install this?
This update is recommended for those experiencing the below issues, wanting to use the new features, and those wanting to receive technical support.
What does it fix?
This release fixes the below issues:
- Fixes a bug with the language setting value on My Account page defaulting to en-gb
- Fixes indexing bug with 256 chars being crammed into 255 spaces
- Improves performance of
- Adds ‘completed’ message at the end of republishing
What features does it add?
This release adds the following features:
- Adds fieldorder attribute to date fieldtype
- Image field type now stores mime type and can display with
- Adds new composite field type
- Adds CSS for multi-column checkbox layouts
- Makes the font size one step larger in textarea fields
include-hiddenoption to navigation functions
What impact does it have for my clients?
This update should not have any impact on users unless they are experiencing the above issues.
A note about database connections
Forthcoming changes in PHP mean that Perch 2.1 now uses a different method of connecting to the database. As part of that, we’ve taken the decision to explicitly select a UTF8 character set for the database connection. If your site currently doesn’t use a UTF8 connection, and you use non-ASCII characters in your content, you can set Perch to use your old character set in the
perch/config/config.php file. e.g.
Where do I get the update?
Log into your account and re-download the files. The download has been replaced with the newest version.
Always make a back-up of your files and database before updating.
Unzip the download and replace your
perch/core folder with the new
perch/core folder. Perch will update itself when you log in.
A note about PHP versions
It’s good to periodically check your server software to make sure it’s up to date. You can find your version of PHP on the Diagnostics section of the Settings page within Perch. The current release of PHP is 5.4, and 5.3 is being discontinued as of March 2013. There is little excuse at this point to be running PHP 5.2, and it might be a good question to raise with your host if you are.