Release Notes for Parallels Presence Builder 12 Standalone


  1. Introduction
  2. What's New
    1. Parallels Presence Builder 12.0.7
    2. Parallels Presence Builder 12.0.6
    3. Parallels Presence Builder 12.0.5
    4. Parallels Presence Builder 11.5.13
    5. Parallels Presence Builder 11.5.12
    6. Parallels Presence Builder 11.5.11
    7. Parallels Presence Builder 11.5.10
    8. Parallels Presence Builder 11.5.9
    9. Parallels Presence Builder 11.5.8
    10. Parallels Presence Builder 11.5.7
    11. Parallels Presence Builder 11.5.6
    12. Parallels Presence Builder 11.5.4
    13. Parallels Presence Builder 11.1.1
    14. Parallels Presence Builder 11.1.0
  3. Software Requirements and Prerequisites
  4. Notes on Installation and Upgrade
  5. Known Problems and Limitations
  6. Contact Information

1. Introduction

Parallels Presence Builder 12 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


[+] new feature

[*] functionality improvement

[-] bug resolved

Parallels Presence Builder 12.0.7

  1. [-] Security improvements.

  2. [-] Customers could not access password-protected pages on a site if the short_open_tag setting was disabled in php.ini on a publishing server. (PPB-4381)

  3. [-] Presence Builder Standalone failed to publish websites if ProFTPD 1.3.5 was installed on a publishing server. (PPB-4351)

  4. [-] Images stored in Picasa appeared on published websites smaller than they should be. (PPB-4361)

  5. [-] The option "Stretch the sidebars and the content area down to the footer" did not work. (PPB-4330)

  6. [-] The Image Slider module did not show a part of image description that was after quotation mark (") symbols. (PPB-4357)

  7. [-] The option "Actual size" in the Banner module did not work. (PPB-4343)

  8. [-] Only a part of image description was shown in the Image Gallery module if that description contained more than 255 characters. (PPB-4329)

  9. [-] Images were periodically removed from Presence Builder. (PPB-3692, PPB-4342)

  10. [-] The Language Switcher module was inaccessible in the editor. (PPB-4384)

  11. [-] Identical entries were generated in the 'widget_imagegallery_local_images' table when an image was deleted via the Presence Builder interface. (PPB-4356)

  12. [-] Unnecessary CSS files were loaded when opening a page on a published website. (PPB-4359)

  13. [-] When publishing a site, new image files were created instead of replacing the previously published files. (PPB-4333)

  14. [-] Images added to Image Gallery did not appear in the center of the screen in Firefox. (PPB-4337)

  15. [-] Sites with large numbers of pictures slowed down the browser. (PPB-4331)

  16. [-] The Google Maps module was not shown on the published site if the address specified in the module contained an apostrophe.

  17. [-] Placing a large number of elements on a site could lead to hiding of the editor's panel. (PPB-4311, PPB-4335, PPB-4349)

  18. [-] If users added a link to an image and its URL contained the combination of symbols "%C0", then they could not publish their sites. (PPB-4368)

Parallels Presence Builder 12.0.6

  1. [-] Users could not restore a site from a snapshot if it contained a Map module with location markers. (PPB-4303)

  2. [-] When a page in Presence Builder was protected by a password, and the site language was based on a non-Latin alphabet, the "access denied" message was shown using an incorrect character set. (PPB-4305)

  3. [-] On upgraded Presence Builder installations, addition of location markers in the Map module resulted in errors. (PPPM-1773)

  4. [-] Improvements in the rendering of modules' content. JS code can no longer be run in the Text and Images module in the editor. (PPB-4310)

  5. [-] Compatibility with PHP 5.5 was improved, which reduced the number of PHP notices in log files. (PPB-4316)

  6. [-] Firefox 30 could consume all CPU resources if a site with transparent background layers was opened in Presence Builder. (PPB-4301)

  7. [-] On suspended domains, sites could not be restored from snapshots. (PPB-4314)

  8. [-] If two contact forms were on the same page and protection from automated spam posting was disabled on one of them, the first contact form did not work in any case. (PPB-4300)

  9. [-] Changing the background of site menu items could result in corrupted website layout. (PPB-4318)

  10. [-] Site menu items could be inaccessible because of Image Slider module. (PPB-4294)

Parallels Presence Builder 12.0.5

  1. [+] Users can create websites in several languages.

  2. [+] Providers can create custom modules and add them to the editor.

  3. [+] Presence Builder now supports MySQL 5.6.

  4. [+] Users can insert links to external pages into the website navigation menu.

  5. [+] Providers can switch off all Google-based services by means of a configuration file option. Learn more at

  6. [+] With new Amazon aStore module, users can embed their Amazon stores into their sites.

  7. [+] Users can add a Twitter feed to their sites.

  8. [+] Users can see how their sites will look on the most popular mobile devices before publishing the sites on the Internet.

  9. [+] Now users can move, hide, and restore the module editing panels.

  10. [+] The Map module now provides controls for interaction with maps and for setting multiple location markers.

  11. [+] Now users can apply styles to website modules and website menu items: backgrounds, font color, padding, margins, corner shapes, and shadows.

  12. [+] The quality of generated designs was dramatically improved.

  13. [+] The transparency of background images can be adjusted.

  14. [+] Users can tile, crop, and resize background images.

  15. [+] Users can add several Banner modules to a site, and add text and images into Banner modules.

  16. [+] Users can now apply different styles to a new Content Area, which combines all modules specific to a current page.

  17. [+] Improved the design of highlighted areas and module borders when placing them on a website.

  18. [+] Users can specify the location of modules in Design Areas: all pages of a site, front page only, all pages except the front one.

  19. [+] Redesigned color schemes: old preset color schemes were replaced with 50 new color schemes; four additional color shades are now available for each base color of a scheme.

  20. [+] Users can change the personal information that they specified during the creation of a website at any time.

  21. [*] Now there is a default limit on the number of pages that can be created under websites. The limit is 500 pages. It can be adjusted by means of an option in the Presence Builder's configuration file.

  22. [*] The banner library was extended with new banner images.

  23. [*] Upgrading to the latest version of Presence Builder now takes less time.

  24. [*] The quality of banners was significantly improved.

  25. [*] Providers can use columns in custom website topic layouts.

  26. [*] In addition to MyISAM database storage engine, Presence Builder can work with InnoDB and providers can easily switch between the database engines by means of a new configuration file option (section "database", option name "default_engine").

  27. [*] The library of background images was extended with new images.

  28. [*] Users can use images from the banner library as site backgrounds.

  29. [*] Improvements in Banner module:

  30. [*] Site-Wide areas in the editor are now called Design Areas, and Page-Specific areas are now called Content Areas.

  31. [*] Users can create up to six columns in a row.

  32. [*] Generic fonts are now defined in CSS generated by Presence Builder for newly created sites. Note that this does not affect already existing sites.

  33. [*] Internet Explorer versions 8 and 9 are no longer supported.

  34. [-] Users could not retrieve the list of hosted sites via API. (PPB-3159)

  35. [-] Users could not apply generated templates to a site. The following error occurred: "Unexpected server behavior". (PPB-2043)

  36. [-] During migration of websites from SiteBuilder 4.5 to Presence Builder 12, images inserted in text could not be imported. (PPB-4095)

  37. [-] Images inserted in Text & Images modules could be resized on mobile devices. (PPB-4003)

  38. [-] HTML anchors inserted in text above Image Gallery modules did not work. (PPB-3738)

  39. [-] Pages containing images could not be scrolled properly on iPad. (PPB-3661)

  40. [-] Import of websites from SiteBuilder 4.5 could fail if a site contained an image gallery page containing the word "image" in its title. (PPB-3480)

  41. [-] API calls could consume too much server memory. (PPB-3159)

Parallels Presence Builder 11.5.13

  1. [+]  Now users can suggest new features or enhancements in the editor. The link to an online form is accessible from the editor > Help > Suggest a feature.

  2. [*]  Now users can switch off automatic mobile optimizations for websites (in Settings tab > Advanced).

  3. [-]  When users opened for editing Text & Images modules, pictures located in the modules were incorrectly arranged on the screen. (PPB-4108)

  4. [-]  Date format was shown incorrectly for British locale. (PPB-3999)

  5. [-]  Contact form placed on sites with IDN domains did not work in Internet Explorer. (PPB-3828)

Parallels Presence Builder 11.5.12

  1. [+]  Presence Builder now fully supports Internet Explorer 11.

  2. [*]  Website layout on mobile site versions was improved. Now site menu is shown after clicking an icon.

  3. [-]  When users added hyperlinks containing a question mark, Presence Builder added unnecessary characters to such links.

  4. [-]  In some cases, users of mobile devices could not switch between a mobile and a regular site version.

  5. [-]  In some cases, comments left by users in a blog were duplicated in different posts.

  6. [-]  Flash files uploaded via Text and Video module could not be played in Internet Explorer 10 and earlier.

  7. [-]  The Search module showed an incorrect hint if Presence Builder's interface was shown in a language other than English.

Parallels Presence Builder 11.5.11

  1. [-]  The Search module was redesigned to address the issue with the deprecated Google API.

  2. [-]  To resolve issues in the Text & Images module and to better support Internet Explorer 11, the TinyMCE component was upgraded to version 3.5.10.

  3. [-]  Users of mobile devices could experience issues with viewing the contents of Online Store modules on published websites.

  4. [-]  Images uploaded to the Image Slider module were shown in the wrong order.

  5. [-]  The layout of a webpage could be disrupted if the Text & Images module contained lengthy text.

Parallels Presence Builder 11.5.10

  1. [+]  The "Return to Control Panel" link can now be adjusted by means of the API.

  2. [*]  The stability of Presence Builder upgrade process was improved.

Parallels Presence Builder 11.5.9

  1. [*]  Website visitors can now switch between viewing a mobile site version and a full site.

  2. [*]  Security improvements.

  3. [-]  The Russian version of the Clothes Shop website topic contained incorrect text.

  4. [-]  When website visitors viewed a full site version on mobile devices, they saw a mobile version of Image Gallery.

  5. [-]  On mobile devices, website menu items were shown without background filling.

  6. [-]  When website visitors viewed a full site version on mobile devices, the site could switch back to a mobile version.

  7. [-]  The Presence Builder editor in Brazilian Portuguese contained an incorrect button label.

Parallels Presence Builder 11.5.8

  1. [-]  There were a number of localization issues with the French and German versions of predefined website topics.

  2. [-]  In some cases, the design of published websites differed from what users saw in the Presence Builder editor.

  3. [-]  No vertical scrollbar was shown when users opened published sites in the Opera browser.

Parallels Presence Builder 11.5.7

  1. [-]  Google maps were not shown on published websites.

  2. [-]  The Design tab of the editor did not open if the user's city name contained the "é" symbol.

  3. [-]  If providers customized the URL to the Getting Started video by editing Presence Builder's configuration file, users could no longer embed videos by using the Embedded Video module.

  4. [-]  Links to website pages could lead to nonexistent pages on the published site.

  5. [-]  The backing up and restoration of websites did not work properly if websites contained an Image Slider module.

Parallels Presence Builder 11.5.6

  1. [-]  On published websites, drop-down menus in the site navigation appeared behind the Image Slider module. For this reason, users were unable to access some of the menu items.

  2. [-]  On published websites with blogs, the links "Read the rest of the entry" were not shown. For this reason, it was not easy for users to access the full text of blog posts.

  3. [-]  Users were unable to insert images and videos by using the option Edit HTML source in the Text & Images module.

  4. [-]  If providers switched off the Getting Started video by editing Presence Builder's configuration file, users could no longer embed videos by using the Embedded Video module.

  5. [-]  The editor incorrectly aligned logo on published websites.

Parallels Presence Builder 11.5.4

  1. [+]  Background images. The editor now provides a selection of 75 background patterns and textures for use on sites.

  2. [+]  Descriptions for images. Users can add descriptions for images that they upload through the Text & Images module. Descriptions can be shown over or under images, and they will serve as alternative text (alt text).

  3. [+]  Links to e-mail. Users can insert links to e-mail addresses through the Text & Images module's toolbar.

  4. [+]  Reordering images in galleries. Users can change the order of images in image galleries by dragging them.

  5. [+]  Map module in website topics. The Map module was inserted into all website topics where it is appropriate. Now map is prefilled with the information specified on the topic selection screen.

  6. [+]  Cookie notice. Site owners located in the European Union can show a notice about the use of non-essential cookies on their sites to comply with the EU legislation.

  7. [+]  Support button. Providers can add the Support button to the editor's toolbar > Help menu to enable customers to submit technical support requests from the editor.

  8. [+]  Removal of sites from hosting accounts upon clicking the Remove Site button. Providers can configure the editor to remove published sites from hosting accounts when their owners click the Remove Site button in the editor.

  9. [*]  The cPanel integration plugin for Presence Builder was improved. Now it enables cPanel administrators and resellers to restrict the number of websites that their users can create with Presence Builder. Learn more.

  10. [*]  Now it is possible to modify existing localization and add custom locales without changes being lost during upgrade.

  11. [*]  The Give Feedback button in the editor's toolbar > Help menu directed users to the Parallels forum. This button is now hidden; however, providers can set up their own links for sending feedback.

  12. [*]  Websites are optimized for display on mobile devices.

  13. [*]  By default, Dashboard is not shown to site owners after login.

  14. [*]  Users are offered a larger selection of diverse design templates in Design tab & Templates.

  15. [*]  Website description and meta keywords in Settings tab > Basic now act like templates for all new and existing site pages. Users can change the description and keywords for specific pages, but when they erase them, the default values will be restored.

  16. [*]  The banner selection dialog was redesigned. Now it shows more thumbnails per page and thumbnails are larger.

  17. [*]  The background selection dialog in Design tab > Colors was redesigned. Now it shows larger thumbnails with gradient fill examples, and provides access to a selection of background patterns and textures.

  18. [*]  Users can customize the colors of drop-down menu items in the site navigation blocks.

  19. [-]  Users of Internet Explorer 8 were unable to type text in Contact Form modules.

  20. [-]  After users reduced the site width, the logo image, site title, and description disappeared from the banner.

  21. [-]  Users were unable to see the Commenting module on pages containing an apostrophe in the title.

  22. [-]  The order of images in Image Galleries was randomly changed after image descriptions were edited.

  23. [-]  When users logged in to the editor, they encountered an error and were unable to perform any operations in the editor. The following error message was recorded in the sitebuilder.log file: "PHP Notice : Trying to get property of non-object".

  24. [-]  Users were unable to publish websites and encountered a message about an internal server error. This could happen because of corrupted publication_list.xml files.

  25. [-]  Published websites were not removed from hosting accounts after users clicked the Remove Site button in the editor. Now, providers can choose whether the button should remove sites from hosting accounts.

Parallels Presence Builder 11.1.1

  1. [-]  Websites could be generated with inappropriate banner images.

  2. [-]  Users of Chrome and Internet Explorer 10 could not properly insert a site slogan, logo, or site name in the banner area.

  3. [-]  The Change Image button in Design > Colors was partially displayed.

  4. [-]  The OK button was not visible in the Text and Images module when the module was placed in the right sidebar.

  5. [-]  When a right-to-left language was used, borders around modules overlapped the sidebar on the right, thereby making the navigation links in the sidebar unavailable.

  6. [-]  In all locales except for En-US and En-GB, wrong content was shown in the Jewelry Store site topic.

  7. [-]  Some users working with the editor via HTTPS did not receive messages about successful site publishing.

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 encountered 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

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 12 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 12 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 12 Standalone, please refer to the Installation and Administration Guide located at

Note: After upgrading Presence Builder to version 12.0, 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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