Release Notes for Parallels Presence Builder 11.1 Standalone

Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. What's New
  3. Software Requirements and Prerequisites
  4. Notes on Installation and Upgrade
  5. Known Problems and Limitations
  6. Contact Information

1. Introduction

Parallels Presence Builder 11 Standalone is a software suite for hosting providers. It includes the following components:

This solution is designed for hosting service providers who have their own shared hosting control panel and a billing system, and who want to offer Presence Builder to their customers.

2. What's New

Legend:

[+] new feature

[*] functionality improvement

[-] bug resolved


Parallels Presence Builder 11.1.0

  1. [+] Integration with cPanel. The integration plugin enables cPanel administrators to view sites created with PPB and to provide access to the editor by means of service plans. Now cPanel users can access the editor from cPanel > Software/Services group > Presence Builder icon. Learn more.

  2. [+] Migration from SiteBuilder 4.5.9 for Linux. Providers can use a migration tool for migrating sites from SiteBuilder 4.5.9 for Linux installations to Parallels Presence Builder 11.1. Learn more.

  3. [+] Differentiation of service offerings based on the editor's functionality available to customers. Now providers can limit modules and pages on a per-site basis via the PPB API. This means that they can offer different service plans with different Presence Builder resources to their customers, and they can use the Freemium model for their offerings. Learn more.

  4. [+] Promotional footer on websites. Providers can add a fully customizable promotional footer (advertisement block) on a per-site basis via the Presence Builder API. To remove the promotional footer, site owners will need to make a purchase or upgrade to another service plan. Learn more.

  5. [+] Automated creation of websites for customers by means of a special script. Providers can upsell web hosting services to customers who purchase only domain name registration. When a customer purchases a domain name, a website based on a suitable topic can be automatically created for them in the editor. Learn more.

  6. [+]  Extended support for editor rebranding and white-labelling. Learn more.

  7. [+] Custom banner images. Providers can extend the editor's library of banner images for websites. Learn more.

  8. [+] Switching off editor's modules. Providers can make certain modules of the editor unavailable to their customers. Learn more.

  9. [+] The "Return to Control Panel" button. Providers can have the "Return to Control Panel" button displayed in the editor's panel. It first needs to be configured to be shown. Learn more.

  10. [+] Design templates. Users can change the design of their sites with one mouse click, choosing from more than a dozen design templates. There are design templates generated automatically by Presence Builder and templates manually created by graphic designers. Learn more.

  11. [+] Custom design templates. Providers can extend the list of design templates by creating their own designs in Presence Builder, exporting them as a file and adding them to the list of special designs available on the server. Learn more.

  12. [+]  Internet Explorer 10 is now supported.

  13. [+] The Image Slider module. The Image Slider module displays a slide show with multiple images, using different transition effects. It is possible to add descriptions to images and link images to specific pages of a website. Learn more.

  14. [+] The Map Module. The Map module, based on Google Maps, enables users to easily add maps with their locations. Learn more.

  15. [+] Flash files support. Users can upload Flash files in the SWF format in the Text & Images module, Logo, and Banner.

  16. [+] Changeable background width. Users can make backgrounds of page areas elastic, leaving content width the same. This allows design studios and users to create diverse and unusual designs.

  17. [+]  Site owners can use many fonts from the Google Web Fonts library. These additional fonts are now selectable in the Text & Images modules.

  18. [*]  Area highlighting and module borders. PPB now highlights all areas where modules can be inserted, and indicates which areas are site-wide, and which are page-specific. Modules now have much more visible borders to make it easier for users to work with them.

  19. [*]  Now Image Gallery can be aligned to the left, right, or center. Image borders were removed to improve the visual experience of image galleries for different website designs.

  20. [*]  The usability of the editor's user interface for managing website backgrounds was improved.

  21. [*]  The Contact Form module now uses the protection from automated spam postings based on reCAPTCHA, which is one of the best CAPTCHA systems on the market. Site owners can switch it on and off in the module settings.

  22. [*]  Site owners can resize a site logo right in the editor.

  23. [*]  The editor displays a different "installed" icon for modules that were already added to a website and cannot be added anymore (one-per-website modules).

  24. [*]  It is now possible to resize uploaded images without keeping their original aspect ratio.

  25. [*]  A new library of PHP scripts was implemented to facilitate operations on the editor's resources via the API.

  26. [*]  Large websites are now published to hosting accounts faster.

  27. [*]  Websites are now published in the HTML 5 standard.

  28. [-]  Site content import from SiteBuilder 4.5 stalled for an indefinite period.

  29. [-]  Images could not be uploaded to Image Gallery because of a JS error.

  30. [-]  Users of Internet Explorer 9 could not see more than 10 blog posts.

  31. [-]  The favicon could not be seen in the search results shown by Yandex.

  32. [-]  An error occurred when users added more than 300 pages in the editor.

  33. [-]  The user documentation did not provide instructions on how to customize the Give Feedback link in the editor.

  34. [-]  The height of banner images could not be set to 50 pixels or less. Now an information message explains the minimal acceptable size.

  35. [-]  The Commenting module did not accept shortnames.

  36. [-]  Removal of user accounts in Disqus disrupted the operation of editor's Dashboard and site publishing.

  37. [-]  In the Text & Images module, numbering of list items in numbered lists restarted from the ninth item.

  38. [-]  Users could not import sites from SiteBuilder 4.5 if incorrect links were present in the «downloadable content» module.

  39. [-]  Processor load was increased during extension of site columns.

  40. [-]  Sites could not be published because of disappeared blogs.

  41. [-]  Users of Internet Explorer 8 could not open image galleries.

  42. [-]  Under Internet Explorer 8, hyperlinks did not work on sites with gradient backgrounds.

  43. [-]  It was not possible to change horizontal margins on the Design tab.

  44. [-]  The Search module did not show on websites made in French.

  45. [-]  Errors on the server side were not processed correctly by the Contact Form module.

  46. [-]  The German translation of the text used in Contact Form was corrected.

  47. [-]  Publishing of websites failed when Presence Builder tried to remove non-empty directories by means of FTP.

  48. [-]  CAPTCHA was not working properly in Contact Form.

  49. [-]  Sites were generated in Presence Builder with an incorrect layout.

  50. [-]  Users encoutered an error on attempting to open the WPB application on Facebook.

  51. [-]  Users could disrupt the operation of Presence Builder by installing PHP on the server where Presence Builder was installed.

  52. [-]  In some cases, websites could not be opened and users encountered the following error: "Unexpected server behavior". This could happen due to an internal error.

To learn about the changes introduced in the previous version 11.0, refer to Release Notes at http://kb.parallels.com/en/114032.

3. Software Requirements and Prerequisites

You can install the core components of the system on the same server where you plan to host websites, or have one dedicated server for running the system (the core server) and publish websites on separate hosting servers.

Before installing, make sure that the following requirements for the core server and publishing servers are met.

Requirements for the Core Server

Minimum Hardware Requirements

Supported Operating Systems

Parallels Presence Builder 11 Standalone can be installed on the following operating systems:

Important: SELinux must be disabled.

Required Software Components

The following software components, which are not included into the distribution package, must be additionally installed:

Requirements for Publishing Servers

If you plan to host customers' sites on separate servers, ensure that the following requirements are met:

Supported Web Browsers

Parallels Presence Builder 11 Standalone supports the following browsers:

4. Notes on Installation and Upgrade

For information and instructions on how to obtain, install, and upgrade Parallels Presence Builder 11 Standalone, please refer to the Installation and Administration Guide located at http://download1.parallels.com/WPB/Doc/11.1/en-US/pdf/presence-builder-11.1-standalone-installation-administration-guide.pdf.

Note: After upgrading Presence Builder from the version 11.0 to 11.1, all customizations made by editing the configuration file /usr/local/sb/config are discarded.

5. Known Problems and Limitations

6. Contact Information

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