Posts by Graham

    Thanks. I'll give that a try. I obviously missed that.

    The changes are such that it will affect pages that are doing collection searches. The customer staff are not full time and it will take them a few days to adjust the existing 370+ entries. While they are doing that, existing searches will break.

    Is there an easy and obvious way to duplicate a collection? I may have a number of changes to make to one. And the customer will need to consider/edit the existing 370+ entries in the collection. I’m thinking it might be easier to replicate the collection and then the customer can spend as long as necessary editing the entries and then I’ll just switch the code to use the new collection.

    Thanks for the reply. 'News' may well be a renamed 'Blog' app. I think that's part of the renamed files and folders in the App folder and the /core folder. The whole site is Perch and I think they are parsing PHP in .html files. Since I posted the item, things may be moving on. It looks like the existing host may be persuading the customer to go for 'really cheap' hosting that's still supporting many back levels of PHP, so avoiding doing any site work and buying time for another few years. I will 'close' the thread if that looks like the solution she will take.

    I have a customer looking for help, that I can't provide. I host a WordPress site for her, but she also wants me to take on the hosting of an old Perch site as her current host is closing down. Because of my current time constraints, and the 'state' of that Perch site, I can't help - but someone else may be able to do so. Here's the details ...

    The site is It is running on Perch 2.4.2 (January 2014) and PHP 5.6. I no longer run PHP 5.6 on my hosting, so cannot host it in its current state. There are Forms, Blog and News apps installed but I don't think Blog is being used. A simple 'drop in' update to Perch 3.1.5 will not work. The website's author appears to have modified Perch core code*, so a 'drop in' update will likely break the site. The customer is English and has relocated to France, but responds well to email and I'm also in contact with the current host.

    * I briefly look at this a couple of years ago. From memory it looked like the author renamed some core folders and maybe some core files, plus he altered other files to use those renamed folders and files. At the time I decided to leave this alone because the site worked fine on this back level. But things have now moved on.

    If someone is interested in helping, I can put you in touch with the customer and the current host so you can communicate directly during the process of looking over it and updating it. If the site is successfully updated to the latest Perch version, I will be happy to take over the hosting of it and can give you access to move it to my server at the end of the project.

    I suggest you Private Message me with any questions or if you want to be put in contact with the right people.


    Hey Ryan

    There seems to be 3 links on the download page (for accountholders, for 1.5.0). One is to a txt file (that's empty) and the other two are to differently named zip files. Thought you might like to take a look and fix this before other accountholders ask.

    I have no way of knowing, aside from contacting them all and asking. My feeling would be that its not used and that my customers would use the draft feature instead. The problem that I have seen with the undo, when I've used it, is that there's no 'redo' if you 'undo' too far. (Hope that makes sense). I guess you could 'undo' (by mistake) something that you did several weeks ago.

    A switchable behaviour for specific buckets would work for me. I can use a specific bucket for the files that I don't want renamed when replaced. Neither the folder nor the filename would then change each time the asset was replaced.

    The use cases are things like - annual report, PDF of terms/conditions, charities policy documents, application forms. They get changed every few months or yearly, but the filenames don't really need to change each time. The way we currently get around this at the moment is fixed links to the folder/files and the customers request send me the files to be replaced via FTP each time. All those customers are regular Perch users and handle all the other updates themselves.

    Thanks for listening.

    Thanks Drew. Please accept this as a 'request for change' sometime if its possible and if work is to be done in the area of assets in the future. There are about five of my customers who would really appreciate being able to do this.

    When an asset (say a PDF) is uploaded, and one already exists with this name, the Asset uploading system just appends something like -1 to the name I recall. So, for example, 'annual-report.pdf' becomes something like 'annual-report-1.pdf'. Is there a way that anyone has found or uses that could force the upload process to replace the current file and leave the name the same. I have a few customers where this sort of thing is starting to apply. They have links inside text blocks on other pages that point to the file and they have to be changed every time a file is 'replaced'. I'd like to use a more elegant solution to this if I can.