Step 3: Uploading the Snapshot and Preparing for Editing

In this step, you need to upload the site snapshot to the Presence Builder server and convert it to a ZIP archive for further editing.

To upload a snapshot to the server and convert it to a ZIP package:

  1. Connect to the server using SSH or a Remote Desktop connection.
  2. Upload your snapshot file to the server. You can upload it, for example, to the directory c:\Temp.
  3. Convert the snapshot file to a ZIP archive by issuing the following command:

    “%plesk_dir%\admin\bin\php.exe" -c "%plesk_dir%\admin\php.ini" -dauto_prepend_file="" "%plesk_dir%\sb\utils\snapshot2wst.php" --create --snapshot=<source_snapshot_file.ssb> --file=<> --templateCategory=<category_code> --templateCode=<topic_code>


    <source_snapshot_file.ssb> is the path to the source snapshot archive in the SSB format that you uploaded to the server. For example: \Temp\source-snapshot.ssb.

    <> is the location and file name of the resulting ZIP package. For example: \Temp\

    <category_code> is an identification code of the topic category. You can specify a name of a new category if you want to create it, or specify the code of an existing category. Do not use white spaces in category names. You will be able to set a human-readable name for this category later, by editing a file in the topic archive (\resources\locale\en_US\SiteTemplates.lng).

    The following is a list of codes for the default categories present in Presence Builder 11.1.

Category name Category code



Construction and Housing


Retail Businesses






Entertainment and Leisure


Arts and Design Services


Health and Sport


Education Services


Fan and Hobby






<topic_code> is an identification code for the new topic. Be sure to use a unique name that does not coincide with an already existing one, otherwise, your custom topic will overwrite an existing topic. Do not use white spaces in topic codes. You will be able to set a human-readable name for this topic later, by editing a file in the topic archive (\resources\locale\en_US\site_templates\<topic_code>\info.lng).

Note that there is also the option --useSnapshotDesign. It can be used to indicate that the styles, colors, layout, and images used in the site snapshot must be applied to the new website topic, and should not be overridden when new sites are generated based on that topic.

After the ZIP archive is created, you can unpack it for further editing, or you can edit the files without unpacking if your ZIP archive manager supports that.


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