Perch Update 2.6

We’ve updated Perch with some new features and bug fixes discovered through our support forums. 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:

  • Attempts to fix an issue with asset thumbnail dimensions for server locales using a decimal comma
  • Improves static asset versioning and caching
  • Changes mime type of JSON files to from application/json to application/javascript
  • Fixes a bug with repeated bucket names in the Assets smart bar

What features does it add?

This release adds the following:

  • Adds categories
  • Adds logic string parsing to perch:if exists attribute, exists="a AND (b OR c)"
  • Header now scrolls out of view to give more space
  • Updates license agreement to clear-English version
  • Adds new indelible attribute to slug field
  • Adds new editable attribute to slug field type

and makes the following improvements to the developer API (new API docs are to follow):

  • API: Adds PerchUtil::get() like perch_get()
  • API: Adds PerchAPI_Form::complete for outputting a complete form from a template
  • API: Adds PerchAPI_Form::get_posted_content
  • API: Adds new smartbar building API PerchAPI_HTML::smartbar, smartbar_breadcrumb, smartbar_link
  • API: Adds new table output function PerchAPI_HTML::listing
  • API: Adds PerchAPI_Form::submitted_with_add_another()
  • API: Adds event pub/sub
  • API: Adds new add_class_dependancies method to PerchFieldType

What impact does it have for my clients?

Perch 2.5 made user interface changes, especially around the uploading of images and files. You may wish to walk your clients through the changes on a staging site before making them live. This update (2.6) makes improvements and fixes bugs but doesn’t change the interface significantly.

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.

  1. Unzip the download and replace your perch/core folder with the new perch/core folder.
  2. Perch will update itself when you log in.

Important note

Perch 2.5 and greater requires PHP 5.3 with JSON support. Please check your diagnostics report before updating to be sure that your hosting supports these requirements.

We always advocate updating your staging or development copy of the site and testing the changes first. We do not recommend updating a live site without checking everything’s going to work first.

If updating from a version prior to 2.5 and using the Blog, Events or Comments add-ons, you should update those also.

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