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Frequently Asked Questions

Requirements & Compatibility

What are the server requirements for Unify?
Pretty simple: it must be running PHP 5. You can view more details here.
Do I need to set up a database?
No, you don’t. Seriously.
Will Unify work with any browser?
Almost. You must use a modern browser, including Internet Explorer 9, Firefox 9+, Safari 4+, or Chrome 16+. Other browsers may work too, but Unify is not fully tested in other browsers.
Will Unify work with PHP frameworks such as CodeIgniter?
Unify is designed for simple needs on simple sites, so it is not compatible with any frameworks or templating systems at this time. Also, Unify uses the URL to find the appropriate page to edit, so any dynamic modification of the page URL may cause trouble with Unify.
Will Unify work with SFTP?
Unify is not compatible with SFTP.
Will Unify work with includes, JavaScript, iframes, or inline CSS?
While you may not have an include inside of a Unify-editable area, you can define an editable area inside of an include. You may not, however put JS or CSS inside of an editable area, as Unify will strip out anything other than simple static content. Unify is not compatible with iframes.

Licensing, Payment, Accounts, & Updates

Is there a monthly fee for Unify?
No. Unify is licensed to users for the ridiculously low price of $24.49 per domain.
Why do I have to list the domain(s) I want to use when I create my Unify account?
Unify is licensed to specific domains. You must specify the domain where you intend to install Unify so that Unify will function when you login.
Will Unify work for my subdomains?
Only for a specific subdomain if that is what you specified at registration. If you specified mydomain.com, Unify will not work for subdomains off of that domain, such as subdomain.mydomain.com. Each domain or subdomain requires its own Unify license.
Will there be updates to Unify?
Yes, and at this time, versions previous to 1.2.0 will require a new download and installation for updates. After 1.2.0, you can just use the auto-update feature.
Will you notify me of updates?
Yes. You can receive notices of update availability in your Unify dashboard, or follow Unify Support on Twitter and Unit Interactive on twitter.
Will I have to pay for any updates?
Not that we can foresee right now. In time we may be release add-ons that are so delicious that you’ll want to pay for them, but certainly not for updates.
If my Unify folder is somehow deleted from my server, can I download it again?
Yes. It is best if you keep a backup, but if you need to you may go to the Unify website and login to download Unify again for that specific domain.
Which username/password do I use to download Unify in the future?
You should use the admin login for the domain in question.

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Installation, Use, Updating, & Developing

How do I install Unify?
This is easy. Simply upload the Unify folder to your server where you website is hosted.
After installation, how do I login?
Go to http://yourdomain.com/unify to launch the login wizard.
Is Unify a hosted application?
No, Unify is a PHP application that lives on your server.
How do I get Unify to work with my web pages?
Simply apply the “unify” class to the block-level elements you want to be able to edit. These can be containing divs or the actual content tags (like <p> or <h2> elements). Everything inside of the tag you applied the “unify” class to will be editable.
I gave an element the unify class, but it doesn’t allow me to edit it. What happened?
It’s possible that you have that element inside of a container that also has the “unify” class applied. You cannot nest “unify” elements (by putting them one inside of another).
Also, you can’t apply the unify class directly to these common tags: <a>, <span>, & <form>. Note that you cannot edit form fields such as <input> and <textarea> in the Unify visual editor (though you can edit them directly with the HTML editor).
What, exactly, is happening when I “Publish”?
Unify will search through your html, php, etc. on your server (and all includes), find the elements that you changed and replace the content within them to the new, updated content. It will then save your new files on the server.
I’ve made changes and logged out. Why don’t I see the changes reflected on my site?
Did you remember to hit the “publish” button on the Unify status bar? No changes are final until you tell Unify to publish them.
Sometimes browsers remember how a site looked last time you viewed it and show you that instead of downloading the site again. This is known as caching. Try clearing your browser's cache and then reloading the page.
How do I update Unify?
Auto-Update: If your user account is an admin, and there is a more recent version of Unify, you can auto-update by going to the dashboard and clicking “Update Now!”.
Manual Update: Just login in to the main Unify site with your current Unify admin account credentials, and download the latest copy of Unify. Next, unzip the downloaded file, and upload the new “unify” folder to your server, via FTP (replacing the old “unify” folder). That’s it!
Please note: This may overwrite any restore states you have, so you may want to copy the old “backups” folder (in Unify), and replace it in the new copy of Unify, once you have uploaded the latest version.
What if I want to develop on my own domain/server and launch on my client's domain?
We offer a one time transfer of any license. Read more about how to do this here. This should allow you to develop anywhere you like, and push the site live anywhere it needs to go.
Also, please read Developing For Unify, Part 1 (specifically, the "Development Environments" section) on our blog for a detailed explanation of how Unify works with other development scenarios.

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The Company

Who made this supercool app?
Unify™ is a product from Unit Interactive. We're a small web design and development agency in Texas. In addition to Unify, we've made some other helpful apps that are used by thousands of designers and developers around the world. Besides making cool little applications for our brethren, we also design and build websites, applications, and logos for clients, most of whom return to work with us again (and again, and again…).