Lost Perch access when HTML file was updated

  • I installed Perch on one page of a client's HTML/CSS site about 6 years ago. We recently updated the HTML file and they lost access to the Perch interface. I didn't have time to trouble shoot and so we simply updated the info on the page for them and remove the Perch from the site to keep it active.

    I have copious notes from the original install (cause it was a giant pain and I am not a developer, just a graphic designer who knows some HTML/CSS) and the license number for the software. It's been 6 years and I know Perch has been updated. So I am wondering what our options are. Should I upgrade? Purchase a new copy? Try to reinstall?

    The actual page that needs the Perch is http://www.the-surgerycenter.com/employment.html, the old files that were originally uploaded are at my staging site http://www.willyshakes.org/employment.php. I have also attached a screenshot jpg showing the area that needs to be editable.

    Any advice or help would be greatly appreciated!

  • George G

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  • Personally, if that's the only area of the site that need to be updated, I would question if a CMS is needed. However, if you decide Yes, I would buy a Perch 3 licenses and do a fresh install. That will be quicker than upgrading from Perch that is 6 years old.

    Make sure you check the server requirements for Perch 3 before installing, https://grabaperch.com/download

  • Thank you!

    I feel exactly the same way, but the clients (the website owner is a client of a client) are adamant that they want to be able to do this themselves and I can't find anything that seems to be better suited than what we did before, so...

    So, I have one more question... I know I will have to update the base HTML page again shortly. Am I going to run into the same problem when I do that? Will I have to reinstall the Perch database and all when I update the HTML page?

    Thanks again!

  • In that case, I would do a fresh install of Perch 3. This means going through the Perch install steps which includes writing to the database and creating the database tables. I think Perch 3 will create new database tables. Then, you will need to update your page (i.e add a Perch region) and the page should appear in your new Perch 3 admin.