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Parallels Automation for Web Presence 11.0 Release Notes

APPLIES TO:
  • Parallels Presence Builder
  • Automation

Contents

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

1. Introduction

Parallels Automation for Web Presence is a software suite for hosting providers, which is intended to operate under Parallels Automation (Parallels Operations Automation). Parallels Automation for Web Presence is integrated with POA using two APS packages:

  • Parallels Automation for Web Presence - the main application, which allows editing and publishing websites.

  • Parallels Web Presence Builder - a connector package, which can be installed on a customer's domain to provide the website publishing functionality.

 

2. What's New

Legend:

[+] new feature

[-] bug resolved

[*] bug resolved and functionality improved


  1. [+]  Support for publishing on Microsoft Windows-based hosting servers. Parallels Operations Automation can now publish websites to Windows-based hosting servers.

  2. [+]  Website Dashboard. Website Dashboard is a one-stop information hub where a website administrator can see the current state of their website. The Dashboard provides one-point access to such vital information as visitor statistics (based on Google Analytics), Comments (based on Disqus) and E-Shop orders (based on Ecwid). Learn more about the Dashboard.

  3. [+]  Columns. Customers can add modules via drag-and-drop not only one under another, but also next to each other, automatically creating columns. Up to three columns can be created. Learn more about changing website layout.

  4. [+]  Flexible layout. Customers can change the elasticity of various website areas independently of each other – for example, making header elastic while keeping fixed width of the remaining content. It is also possible to make sidebars start next to the header, as opposed to under it. Learn more about changing website layout.

  5. [+]  Round corners. Customers can make corners round for any given website area (header, footer, sidebars, content). Learn more about changing styles of website elements.

  6. [+]  The Logo module. The website logo is now a separate module that can be added outside the Banner module. Learn more about using the logo.

  7. [+] The Feedback link. Users can leave their feedback about the product and request improvements using the Feedback link located under the Help menu. This feature is based on the UserVoice service. Learn more about this and other changes.

  8. [*]  Site-wide concept changes. Header and Footer are now site-wide areas, so every module put in them is displayed on the whole website. Sidebars and РЎontent have a page-specific area in the center and site-wide areas at the top and the bottom.

  9. [*]  The Design tab. Layout and Style tabs were combined into one Design tab to improve usability.

  10. [*]  Banner image positioning improvements. It is now possible to put your banner image module in the website content, diversifying the design of your website.

  11. [*]  New color schemes. More than 20 new color schemes were added.

  12. [*]  Improved generation of website designs. Websites are now generated with color schemes that suit website banner images. Website generation also makes use of various new features added in this version.

  13. [*]  Image Gallery paging. The Image Gallery module has customizable paging, making life easier for the owners of huge galleries and their visitors.

  14. [*]  Mobile websites. Websites are now optimized for viewing on smartphones and tablets.

  15. [*]  Hiding the SiteBuilder 4.5 import feature. Administrators can hide the SiteBuilder 4.5 import feature to make it unavailable from the GUI.

  16. [+]  Support for new languages. The editor now additionally supports the following languages: Brazilian Portuguese, Polish, Italian, Chinese traditional and Chinese simplified.

  17. [+]  Blog. The Blog module gives users the ability to add multiple blogs on their websites. Users can post their thoughts, news, and other interesting bits of information by creating blog posts in a blog module the same way they create a page. Blogs come with the "cut" functionality and calendar.

  18. [+]  Comments. The Comments module is based on Disqus, the most popular commenting system. The Comments module can be added to any page or blog post, allowing website visitors to leave their comments. A website owner can moderate these comments right on the website or in the editor after logging in to Disqus. This module can replace Guestbook for those who need it. Registration with Disqus (free of charge) is required to use this module.

  19. [+]  Document Manager. Small businesses will be happy to know they can easily upload price lists and other documents to their website through Document Manager. These documents can be made accessible to website visitors through standard Link functionality of the Text & Images module.

  20. [+]  Limited content import from SiteBuilder 4.5. Upon selecting a website topic, users can click Import Site from SiteBuilder 4.5 and specify the URL to their SiteBuilder 4.5 website for importing the content and design of their old site to Web Presence Builder 10.4. Note that this functionality has some limitations – not all content and design can be imported.

  21. [+]  Hiding of editing panels. Most modules have editing panels that are not typically used more than once. To prevent these panels from showing up every time you open a module, you can click Hide Panel to hide the editing panel for that particular module. Clicking Show Panel will bring the panel back again.

  22. [+]  Adding and removing website topics. Hosters can add their own website topics and remove existing topics from the list of website topics in the Editor. This can be done via a special command-line utility.

  23. [+]  Custom links to the Getting Started video and Help. Hosting providers can modify the links to the Getting Started video and Help in a configuration file. Different locales are supported for both video and help.

  24. [+]  Robots.txt editor. Customers can go to Settings > Advanced to edit the robots.txt file.

  25. [-]  The users of Google Chrome can now successfully print pages from published websites.

  26. [-]  Videos embedded from YouTube via embedding code are no longer displayed over Image Gallery when located on the same page.

  27. [-]  The order of images on published websites is now the same as in the editor.

  28. [-]  It is now possible to successfully publish websites containing pages with the title "0".

  29. [-]  The Contact Form module's "captcha" is now working correctly for all newly created websites.

  30. [-]  The confirmation dialog was not displayed when customers reverted snapshots.

  31. [-]  Customers were unable to see their site copies on Facebook if Web Presence Builder was absent in the Facebook applications list.

  32. [-]  Customers could not open websites with more than 200 images in Image Gallery due to the error "Java Error: unterminated string literal".

  33. [-]  Images were not displayed on published websites under Internet Explorer 8.

  34. [-]  The robots.txt file created by customers was replaced by Web Presence Builder's robots.txt file. This problem was resolved by providing a way to edit robots.txt from Web Presence Builder.

  35. [-]  Web Presence Builder showed website keywords in the upper left corner of site pages.

3. Software Requirements and Prerequisites

System requirements:

Parallels Operations Automation 5.4 with APS and Linux Shared Hosting modules. Earlier versions are not supported.

Parallels Automation for Web Presence system requirements:

  • Ten gigabytes of free disk space.
  • One gigabyte of RAM.
  • Linux Shared Hosting or Linux Shared Hosting NG.
  • MySQL 5.0 (or later) server.
  • Exclusive (dedicated) IPv4 address

You can install Parallels Automation for Web Presence on any Linux Shared Hosting host (Legacy Apache Web Server, Web Server NG or Web Cluster NG). Similarly, the Parallels Web Presence Builder package can be installed on (customers sites can be published to) any Linux Shared Hosting host.

Make sure that POA websites can be resolved from the Linux Shared Hosting Web Server nodes where Parallels Automation for Web Presence will be installed and where customers' sites will be published.

Note: If you are using a firewall, configure it to allow connections to Parallels licensing servers on port 5224 from the web servers that will host Parallels Automation for Web Presence. This is required to enable automatic update of the Parallels Automation for Web Presence license.

Supported Web Browsers

Parallels Automation for Web Presence supports the following browsers:

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer versions 8 and 9.

  • Mozilla Firefox versions 3.6.x and 12.

  • Safari versions 4 and 5.

  • Google Chrome.

4. Notes on Installation

For information and instructions on how to obtain and install Parallels Automation for Web Presence, please refer to the Parallels Automation for Web Presence Integration Guide located at http://download.pa.parallels.com/poa/SiteBuilder/11.0/.

5. Known Problems and Limitations

  • After publishing of sites created in Safari or Opera, you might encounter some error messages in the web server's error log file. However, these errors do not affect the published websites' operability in any way.

  • When a site snapshot is created, its creation time is set according to the server's date and time.

  • Some editor pages, such as Dashboard and Design > Colors may not fit entirely the screens of monitors with low vertical resolution (such as 1280x800).

  • Safari users may encounter issues with posting comments on websites that use the Commenting module. This happens if "Authorization with a Facebook account" is selected by the webmasters in the module settings.

6. Contact Information

Parallels IP Holdings GmbH
Vordergasse 49
CH8200 Schaffhausen
Switzerland
Phone: +41-526-722-030
Fax: +41-526-722-010

Web: http://www.parallels.com

E-mail:
For billing information, send e-mail to accounting@parallels.com
For purchasing information, send e-mail to sales@parallels.com
For technical support, use our Online Support Form.
To report problems with Parallels software, send e-mail to bugreport@parallels.com
For information about career opportunities with Parallels, send e-mail to careers@parallels.com
For press contact information, send e-mail to press@parallels.com
For information about becoming a partner, send e-mail to partners@parallels.com
For general product information, send e-mail to info@parallels.com

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