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Publisher Account Setup Tutorial    
This topic is assigned to Victor

Sep 20, 2012 07:01 AM

Publisher Dashboard

How to use Publisher Dashboard ?

After you've activated your publisher subscription plan with SeattleClouds and went trough the set up process here: SET UP (click here) , you will get access to Publisher Dashboard. Use Publisher Dashboard to configure your publisher website and customize your white label website settings and configuration.



1. Account Settings

 In Account Setting Menu there are 11 Sub-Menus that you need to set up.


 


1.1 Website Settings


a) You can edit the Hostname anytime. The hostname can be a Domain or a Subdomain.


If you configure a primary domain name, you need to point your Registrar (ex: GoDaddy) domain setting to our name servers which are:


- NS1.MOBIBLOCKS.COM

- NS2.MOBIBLOCKS.COM



Or you may use the default DNS settings from your Registrar account and create an A record which will be pointed to this IP address 184.172.164.218



If you configure a subdomain, you need to add a DNS A record for your subdomain to point to our IP:


184.172.164.218


b) Publisher ID - this is a unique ID used only in our system. Every Publisher has its own ID. Note that the Publisher ID cannot be changed.


c) Brand Name - the name of your white labeled product which will replace

SeattleClouds brand name everywhere on your website and previewer apps.


d) Build Host Name - you may provide a Host Name for the builds (Applications) folder address which is on our server. (ex: builds.<yourhostname>).

If you configure a builds subdomain, you need to point it to our builds server IP:

50.23.172.122


If you configure a primary domain then create an A record on your register account and point it to the same IP address.


e) If you configure an analytics subdomain, you need to point it to our analytics server IP:

184.172.164.220


If you configure a primary domain then create an A record on your register account and point it to the same IP address.

 

 f) Restricted IPs. Here you may limit the access on your website by setting IP addresses. The website will be available only for the IP addresses that you set. In order for the website to be available for everyone, leave this setting blank.

 

g) Custom Landing Page. Here you may set a page or a URL on which the user will be redirected right after he signs up or logins. If blank is left, the default landing page will be applications.aspx

 

h) Enable Preprocessing of manual builds - find a tutorial on how to use this setting here http://seattleclouds.com/preprocessing-of-manual-builds


i), j) k) Allow Trial Users 


With this setting you'll be able to change your website flow. Bellow you'll see the difference between Enabling/Disabling this option. 



Allow Trial Users: Enabled



Allow Trial Users: Disabled




All eligible for free builds 


By enabling this option all your website customers will be able to publish their apps FOR FREE. Bellow you can find your signup workflow if you'll enable this option.





Grace Period 


You can offer for your PayPal subscribers a grace period (between 1 to 90 days). By enabling this option your customer will be able to Build and Publish apps on App Stores for free in the provided by you grace period. White Label signup workflow by enabling this option:



l) Use Custom Design of templates page - you may customize the templates page (customize apps/row, apps/page, top/bottom pagination) 


NOTE: that 'applications.html' file should be located in root directory of your website. In this file should be defined the design of one template Application.

Here is an example of an 'applications.html' design page.


Note that all the images (e.g. screenshots) are from directory of the website in a specific folder.


Now lets see how the page looks like.



As you can see there are 2 Apps per row and 4 per page. Also the pagination is on the top. Feel free to change it as you want from the website settings.


1.2 Preview Applications.



 where:


Preview Application Name - the name of the preview application on the App Store

Application Link - direct link to your previewer application on the App Store


NOTE: These settings can be customized for each 4 devices (iPhone/iPod, iPad, Android, Kindle). If one of the link is empty it won't appear on the website pages. 

All the fields are customizable. Feel free to edit them anytime.


1.3 SMTP Settings


The SMTP setting will be used by our system to send emails to your clients, send submitted form info within the apps created by your white labeled services. For example, if a client on your website created an app, adds a Feedback page type, specifies the target email and submits the app, the email will be delivered from the app to the target email using the above SMTP settings.



1.4 iTunes Connect Account


Write down your iTunes Connect credentials:

Dev Company Name  - your brand name or copyright (e.g. Strikeapps)

Apple ID - your iTunes Connect login

Password - your iTunes Connect password

AdHoc Device ID - your device ID (or anyone else) in case you request and AdHoc build



1.5 Google Play Store Account 


Write down your Google Play Store credentials:

Dev Company Name  - your brand name or copyright (e.g. Strikeapps)

Google Play ID - your Google Play Account login

Password - your Google Play Account password

Additional Information - any other information that you consider important for is to know



 1.6 Amazon Store Account 


Write down your Amazon Store credentials:

Dev Company Name  - your brand name or copyright (e.g. Strikeapps)

Amazon Store ID - your Amazon Store Account login

Password - your Amazon Store Account password



1.7 Localization Settings.



a) You can add 3 language labels on your website (also you may choose which one would be the default). The localization tool allows editing any text string on your website. You may translate the website in any 3 languages.




To edit a text string, click on the "Here" link (Click here to open the editor) .



You may search directly by localizable key or by message. Once you have found the key (.aspx file) click edit to change the content of it. Also you have the option to remove the key.




If you have more than one language version of your website , you may add/edit the text content here.


Also, the Localization strings can be edited from tt.xml file which is located in the root directory of your website. You can login via FTP and open this file with any text editor. Please make sure to make backups before you edit this file.





b) Since we frequently add new keys on the website you need to check time to time and update the new keys.



You may search for the new keys (or missing), select them and update. The changes will take effect instantly on your White Label website.



1.8 Metadata Information.


Set up all the metadata information for every .aspx page which appears on your White Label website.


Example:


Title - Design own App

Metadata keywords - create-design-build

Metadata description - create an design your own Apps for iPhone, iPod, Android, KindleFire.

Metadata robots - index, follow (for indexation) or noindex, nofollow (no indexation)



1.9 Notification information.



Set up notification URL on the third party server which will receive notifications for a list of events on the white label website in JSON format.


Example of JSON:

{

"event_type": "register/login/forgot_password",

"user_id" : "fdsafre3e3fas23231fdsa",

"user_name" : "test",

"user_email" : "test@mobiblocks.com",

"user_first_name" : "Tester",

"user_last_name" : "User"

}


*A full working example can be provided by request in a support ticket.


1.10 Payment settings




We support the following payment gateways:


a) Authorize.Net direct card payment




Authorize.Net Login ID - set up your login ID

Authorize.Net Transaction Key - set up the transaction key that you have created in your Authorize.net  account. It should be an alpha numeric key and looks like this: sd9sf93jk3429d0djl. If you don't have one, go to your Authorize.net account in the Security section of the page an click on the "Obtain transaction Key" link. Once you've created it, copy and paste in the Authorize.Net Transaction Key field.


    b) Paypal Pro direct card Payment 



In order to use the Paypal Pro payment system you need to sign up for a Paypal Business account .Once you signed up for a Business account you will be able to get the Client ID and Secret ID on Paypal Developer website .In the Dashboard section you will find the test ID's and live ID's . You can use the test ID's for making fake transactions on the website. The live ones will be used for making real payment transactions.



     c) Paypal




Paypal ID - set up your Paypal login ID

Select the currency related to your Paypal account.

Grace Period - you can add a free period before the users will be billed. For example, if you set 30 days, then the user will be charged after 30 days he has subscribed using this payment system.

NOTE: In order to have a proper functionality of PayPal you must set on your PayPal account settings as a notifier URLhttp://yourwebsite.com/paypalnotif.aspx


  d) ClickBank


You may get the Clerk API key, Developer key and Vendor Name on ClickBank website in ClickBank Admin > Account Settings > My Account

NOTE: In order to have a proper functionality of ClickBank you must set on your ClickBank account settings as a notifier URLhttp://yourwebsite.com/paypalnotif.aspx


e) 2Checkout


You can set up the Account Number and Secret word on 2Checkout website in Account > Site Management .

For more details on this matter, please check here .

  

     f) Coupon


Coupon allows you to integrate a discount system on your website. 

Set a Coupon Nameservice URL and promotions months. Note that the first 2 fields will appear on the website on the payment page.

Also you need to set up a Voucher Code and Security Code



On the website, the user will see this:





Now you need to fill out all the Plans&Prices fields. Note that if at least one field is empty or has invalid value, no transaction will be available. You can set any amount fees, messages or plan descriptions.

After you are done with Plans&Prices fields, do not forget to click the "Save" button. If everything you have written is correct you will have the "ENABLED" message on the top.


1.11 Facebook Settings.


If you have a Facebook API Key, then you may set it on this field. This is an optional field. However if you don't have a Facebook API key, you can create one in your Facebook Account. Here you may find a tutorial on how to create a FB App: click here



2. Application Manager.


Use Application Manager to set the "Paid" or "Unpaid" status of all Applications made on your White Label website. 



a) You may search by User ID or App ID. The User ID or App ID can be found in Application Dashboard.


b) Build Info - you can see how many times and when an app was submitted for publishing.   


c) Paid Status - an app with this status will be activated. The user will be able to publish it without the need to have an active subscription plan. 


3. FTP Acces Settings.


 You can find here the FTP Access Settings for your website.



 By default "website" virtual directory is opened. You can use CD command or a Go To Folder menu item in your FTP client to change virtual directory to "myapps" and "myuserapps"

NOTE: Using your ftp credentials you can login via FTP and manage content of your publisher website.


Here you can view default directory structure of the publisher website. 



where:
  cssfiles - folder for storing css files
  img - folder for storing image files
  jsfiles   - folder for storing javascript files
  toolboximages - this folder contains ToolBox icons which can be replaced with your own icons.

views - this folder contains the header, footer files for your website. It also contains a few .aspx pages.

emailtemplates - the folder contains all the email messages that your users are receiving. (e.g. for creating a plan, charging, canceling subscription, etc). You may open any file with a text editor and customize the text.


NOTE: You can create new folders and files on your website folder, but do not use the following list of reserved folder names. Creating folders with these names will fail and any files in these folders will not be served.

Below we can see a list of reserved folder names.


Reserved file names:   

“index.html”

“style.css”


Reserved folder names

"img"

"toolboximages""myapplications"

"About"

"AdHoc"

"adrotator"

"application4sale"

"ascx"

"aspnet_client"

"banners"

"binaries"

"binary"

"build_logs"

"CERT"

"certimg"

"cm"

"colorpicker"

"commonfiles"

"commonwebkitfiles"

"control4sale"

"css"

"email"

"emotions"

"facebookimg"

"formimages"

"forumimg"

"iadimg"

"icons"

"imagebucket"

"images"

"imagesclient"

"ImagesFlags"

"img4sale"

"img4salebigicons"

"imgaff"

"imgweb"

"js"

"logs"

"pageresources"

"pagetemplates"

"pickers"

"rssfiles"

"scads"

"Scripts"

"social-network"

"sentmaillog"

"snippet4sale"

"syntaxhighlighter"

"temp"

"templates2review"

"TemplateScreenshots"

"ticketfiles"

"toolboxicons"

"top"

"Twitter"

"uploadedzips"

"userdoc"

"video"

"videotutorials"

"ascx"


*We recommend using FileZilla or Fetch as FTP client.


4. Website Users.


Here you can manage all the users on your White Label website.



a) Order a .txt file with all the users' email addresses. The .txt file will be sent on the email address registered on your main account on SeattleCloud's website.


b) You can filter the users by active and non-active. An active user is one that has an active subscription plan.


c) Search an user by email address


d) View all the created apps by the current user


e) Create a fake subscription or view user's current plan.

You may create a fake (fictive) subscription plan for any user registered on your website. However note that the user will be never charged. This option was created for the Publishers that use alternative non-automatic payment gateways (see 1.1 Payment Settings)

Once a subscription plan was created, the publisher as admin will see this:

It looks exactly as a real subscription. The created plan can be editable. Feel free to edit the plan name, amount and next due date.


f) Click on a user to login as him/her. As admin you have the option to login as any user on your White Label website. Once you logged in as a user, you will be able to edit his/her account.


5. Application Templates


By default there are 2 templates on your white label website. Feel free to modify/delete/download them. You may also add new templates (unlimited number).



a) You may set the templates availability based on the subscription plans.


Trial - this option will make all the templates visible to any users (registered or non-registered)

Basic, Plus, Premium, Business - filtering the templates by plans.


b) Priority (Gravity) - the higher value (any number) you set, the higher place will have the template on your website.


c) Edit the template, download it or disable/enable.


d) Add a new template. You may upload any application created on SC or your White Label website. The template should be in .zip format. You may download any app as a template from Application Dashboard > backup. 




Here is a link to a video tutorial on how to manage application templates on your Publisher site: click here 


6. CMS Editor

Here is a step-by-step tutorial regarding the CMS Editor click here


7. Theme Editor

Here is a step-by-step tutorial for Theme Editor click here


8. Page Types Settings


Here you can manage the page types on your website. You may enable/disable any page. Also set a tutorial link for any page. The URLs will appear once a page is added in the App from App Dashboard > Edit Pages.


9. Add your own Page Type.
You may anytime add a custom page tape that will be available only on your website. Here you may find tutorials on how to add a HTML based Page type http://seattleclouds.com/make-money-html-page-code-html5-source-code and Native http://seattleclouds.com/tutorial-custom-native-page-type


Oct 16, 2012 11:40 AM

How to customize a Previewer Application:

 
After you will configure all Publisher settings from dashboard, in short time you will find on your SeattleClouds profile 4 new apps, these are App Previewer applications for all supported SC Platforms:
 
iPhonePreviewer
iPadPreviewer
AndroidPreviewer
KindlePreviewer
 
Bellow you will find a tutorial how to customize an iPhone previewer, these steps are the same for each previewer:
 
 
1) Go to My Applications -> iPhonePreviewer's Dashboard -> AppStore Properties - Here you need to fill-in fields with your app infromation and resources.
 
 
 
2) Next step is to replace all "SAMPLE" resources that are not listed in AppStore Properties.
 
Go to My Applications -> iPhonePreviewer's Dashboard -> Edit Pages -> Resource Manager - Here you will need just to replace all "SAMPLE" images and icons from Resource Manager (file names are Key Sensitive)
 
 
3) Customize your previewer app ABOUT tab
 
 
 
 
Login to FTP (/website/ directory)using your SC Publisher account, find there devicehelpiphone.html and edit this file using any external HTML or Text redactor.
 
 
 
Repeat these steps for each Previewer App.


Nov 29, 2012 01:17 PM
Should we make any other changes in the app settings such as FTP, SMTP, FB API key?


Nov 30, 2012 04:15 AM
Hi Andrew,


Yes. The App settings are specific only for the Application. These fields need to be completed ONLY if you are using pages like Share, Feedback, Rate & Review or Form.

best regards,
Victor.
 


Jun 05, 2013 07:26 AM
3. Customize your previewer app ABOUT tab

Could you explain step-by-step  how we should customize ABOUT tab? What should we do because it is not clear from the instruction..

Best regards,
John


Jun 11, 2013 04:38 AM
Hello John,


The About Us tab can be customized via FTP. The About us tabs are:

devicehelpkindle.html (Kindle Previewer)
devicehelpandroid (Android Previewer)
devicehelpiphone (iPhone Previewer)
devicehelpipad (iPad Previewer)

You can find these files in the root directory of your website. Your FTP credentials can be found in Publisher Dashboard > Publisher FTP Access Settings. Once you login using FTP (e.g. FileZilla or Fetch) you will be able to open these files with any text editor. 

I hope that will help you.

best regards,
Victor,
SC Team. 


Jul 02, 2014 11:00 AM
What is the Process to Change the publisher ID and Brand name?

Thanks 
Gary


Jul 02, 2014 11:11 AM
Hello Gary,


The Publisher Brand Name can be changed in step 1.1 Website Settings.

The Publisher ID cannot be changed. This is extension ID for the username. The only possible way to have a new Publisher ID would be creating a new White Label Plan.

best regards,
Victor,
SC Team.


May 20, 2015 10:10 PM
Thanks for really detailed tutorial

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