Article ID: 114032, created on May 31, 2012, last review on Aug 12, 2014

  • Applies to:
  • Web Presence Builder


  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 Standalone Edition is a software suite for hosting providers. It includes the following components:

  • The latest version of Web Presence Builder - website design and promotion tool.
  • API for integration into a hosting company's infrastructure.
This solution is designed for hosting service providers who have their own shared hosting control panel and billing system, and who want to offer Web Presence Builder to their customers.


2. What's New


[+] new feature

[-] bug resolved

[*] bug resolved and functionality improved

The following list describes the changes that were introduced in Web Presence Builder 11.0.

  1. [+]  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.

  2. [+]  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.

  3. [+]  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.

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

  5. [+]  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.

  6. [+] 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.

  7. [*]  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 Content have a page-specific area in the center and site-wide areas at the top and the bottom.

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

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

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

  11. [*]  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.

  12. [*]  Improved design of the website topic selection screen. The topic selection screen was redesigned to better fit the new Parallels Panel skin. It is possible to use the old design for this screen by modifying configuration files.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 500 megabytes of free disk space for installation of the core components, plus at least 300 kilobytes per each hosted site.

  • 8 gigabytes of RAM.

Supported Operating Systems

Parallels Automation for Web Presence can be installed on the following operating systems:
  • CentOS 5.5-5.8, 6.0 (32-bit and 64-bit).

  • Debian 6.0 (32-bit and 64-bit).

Important: SELinux must be disabled.

Required Software Components

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

  • Apache web server (apache2 package).

  • sw-engine package version 2.5 or later.

  • MySQL Server version 5.0 or later.

  • mod_fcgid. This is available from the Debian 6 repositories (called libapache2-mod-fcgid), but if you want to install on CentOS, you will need to obtain it from other third-party repositories, such as, for example, the Atomicorp repository.

    You can install it with the command wget -O - |sh.

    For details, visit

Requirements for Publishing Servers

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

  • The servers are resolvable on the Internet: DNS settings are properly configured.

  • PHP version 5.2 or later is installed.

  • PHP supports:

    • Multibyte string functions (mbstring extension)

  • In php.ini, the following directive is set: default_charset = "UTF-8"


Supported Web Browsers

Parallels Automation for Web Presence supports the following browsers:

  • 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 Standalone Edition, please refer to the Installation Guide located at



5. Known Problems and Limitations

  • If you specify an invalid username and password upon login to the license management area (https://<host_name>/License), you might be taken to a blank page.

  • 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 GmbH
Willy-Brandt-Platz 3
81829 Munich, DE
+49 (89) 450 80 86 0
+49 (89) 450 80 86 0



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