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Generating publishing Profile XML files?RSS

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Last post Dec 29, 2010 08:13 PM by simtan

  • Generating publishing Profile XML files?

    Dec 29, 2010 12:14 AM|simtan|LINK


    As you should know, generating a Profile XML file and having the right information in your welcome e-mails for new customers is required for being in the Spotlight for the WebMatrix launch.

    We on the Hosting Gallery team would like to do a survey of how your hosting company is planning on doing this. We’re interested to know what solution you employed – is it a custom script to generate and send those e-mails? Or is it done by tweaking an existing third-party solution like a control panel?

    Please reply to us and let us know! We were thinking of providing some sample code to this effect, but want to know if/how we could best aid you and others.

    Thanks for your help and support; we look forward to launching with you knowing that your offers have the above features!

    Simon Tan
    Program Manager
    Web Platform and Tools
  • Re: Generating publishing Profile XML files?

    Dec 29, 2010 10:25 AM|Jason-AccuWebHosting|LINK

    We're using WHMCS (third party tool) to send welcome emails. We are going to modify welcome emails to include a Profile XML file along with the account information.


  • Re: Generating publishing Profile XML files?

    Dec 29, 2010 08:13 PM|simtan|LINK

    Here’s one hosting provider’s take:

    • Our server system runs WebSitePanel (http://www.websitepanel.net/). Initially we wanted to run Enkompass from the CPanel guys, however they have been giving us the runaround for a while now and after a year in trying to get things going, we finally came across websitepanel and decided that Enkompass is a thing of the past.
    • The script that runs the XML generation is a custom script. We found in our experience that it is a LOT easier to just write your own script than to try and tweak something third party. You also don't end up with problems later on when upgrading the third party software.
    • That said though, we don't actually go and get the information physically from WebSitePanels database, we interrogate it's Webservice API's to get the information as well as our in-house build Client Management System.
    • And a final note, we use Symfony 1.4 as a base structure for our development.
    Simon Tan
    Program Manager
    Web Platform and Tools