Perch Update 2.7

We’ve updated Perch with some new features and bug fixes discovered through our support forums. This is an update to Perch and Perch Runway.

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:

  • Reduces work done on login page for logged out users
  • Improves upload handling of assets
  • Fixes padding around App menu trigger
  • Fixes missing import icon
  • Fixes category checkbox layout
  • Fixes a error that can be thrown with new categories before they have a value
  • Fixes divider-before and -after on repeater fields
  • Subpage role settings are now copied to new subpages
  • Passes through data- attributes from perch:category tags to select box

What features does it add?

This release adds the following features and improvements:

  • Adds support for Perch Runway
  • Adds disable-asset-panel="true" option on files and images
  • Adds perch:layout template tags for rendering layouts from within templates
  • Enables allowempty on public form select boxes, along with placeholder to add a placeholder message
  • Improves indexing of textarea fields to reduce index load
  • Updates PHPMailer to v5.2.9
  • Adds new ‘Add subpage’ button to page region listing page
  • Improves JavaScript URLifying by running strings to the server for transliteration

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 if updating from a version prior to 2.5. This update (2.7) 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. If updating from <2.6, copy the templates/categories folder across, and add categories to your config/apps.php file.
  3. Perch will update itself when you log in.

Important note

Perch now 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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