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Updating Design Extender's PowerCMS Installations

Tutorial created by Ray Borduin, WebAssist

Categories: Design Extender


Follow this tutorial to update your existing PowerCMS installations to the latest version in Design Extender. Once complete, your PowerCMS installation will be using the latest code included with Design Extender

*Note: Only users with Design Extender should follow these upgrade steps. Users who purchased the PowerCMS Solution Pack, should not follow this tutorial.

arrow downDownload The Update

First, you will need to download and save to your local machine.

arrow downUpdate Files And Database

Copy files from the and execute the database update file.

Step 1: Extract and copy files

Extract the contents of the file to a location on your local machine.

Copy the following folders to your PowerCMS installation on your current site:


*Note: Be sure to overwrite all existing files. Mac users should not overwrite existing folders to ensure that files aren't deleted that aren't being updated.

Step 2: Execute the database update page

Load the following page in your browser:


Step 3: Update pages containing PowerCMS Content Regions

Open each page in Dreamweaver that contains PowerCMS content.

Locate the the following include file reference near the top of your pages:

<?php require_once("WA_CMS/WA_CMS.php"); ?>

Cut and paste the include file reference anywhere within your documents <head></head> tags.

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elevy388997: 11 Years, 1 Month, 4 Days, 1 Hour, 2 Minutes ago

Easy as 1, 2, 3...literally. Worked perfectly.

CraigR: 11 Years, 1 Month, 1 Day, 4 Hours, 51 Minutes ago

For step 3, if you have existing meta-title tags within the doctitle editable area, the require line <?php require_once("WA_CMS/WA_CMS.php"); ?> in the head section will be called after the title tag, causing a page error

CraigR: 11 Years, 1 Month, 19 Hours, 37 Minutes ago

The update package only includes the moono skin, so any previously installed instances of html editor, (mine all used the kama skin) are all hidden

simon167250: 11 Years, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 4 Hours, 55 Minutes ago

Completely blank screen after I upgraded. Same on the admin side.

MarkNewsom: 11 Years, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 8 Hours, 30 Minutes ago

Attention Newbie Mac Users: After more than 28 years as a PC user and now a newbie Mac user, I didn't catch the small note above about Mac users should not overwrite existing folders when updating. It certainly pays to read everything before proceeding. It cost me an extra few minutes to rebuild the files again to get everything back in order. That was the reason for my white blank screen! Thank's Justin for this tutorial. I appreciate your contribution.

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