Perch Update 2.2.9

17 June 2013

We’ve updated Perch with a bug fix for an issue discovered in 2.2.8. 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, or those wanting to receive technical support.

What does it fix?

This release fixes the below issues:

What features does it add?

This release adds no new features.

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 from version 2.1, Perch 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.

define('PERCH_DB_CHARSET', 'latin1');

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 has been 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. PHP 5.4 will make your site faster, no question.

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