Q: How do I represent PAD URLs in the PADmap?

1. Make sure that all PAD URLs follow the RFC-3987 standard for URIs.

2. Provide the full (starting with ‘http://‘) and direct (without URL queries containing ‘?‘, ‘&‘, ‘=‘ etc.) links to all your PAD URLs. Please remember that PADmap file must contain ONLY PAD URLs, one URL per row. No other types of text (comments, empty rows, html tags, javascript blocks etc.) are allowed! Also please remember that you must link ONLY to PAD URLs, not just to any URLs. PADmaps are used ONLY by PAD-enabled download sites and thus, do NOT need any other URLs to be provided.

3. Avoid any duplicates in PAD URLs. The best way to do so is to order all PAD URLs alphabetically.

4. Avoid any broken PAD URLs, so do NOT forget to update your PADmap file when you remove an outdated PAD file from your server.

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Q: Where do I place my PADmap?

There are no special requirements on PADmap file name and its server placement, however, if you host all your PAD files in the same directory on your server, the best solution would be to place your PADmap right there and to make it the directory index. Now, when someone opens your PAD containing directory in his browser by removing the filename part of any of your PAD URLs, he will see the list of all your PAD URLs instead of error 403 page.

For further instructions please refer to PADmap Protocol section.

Q: How do I notify download sites about my PADmap?

As far as PAD-enabled download sites do neither crawl other sites by following links, nor even read robots.txt files, the only way to notify them about your PADmap location is is to specify it within your PAD files in the way described in PADmap Protocol section. You can do that either by adding the PADmap XML node to your PAD files manually or by using free tools provided in Resources section. After you do so, all download sites will be able to retrieve your PADmap location by checking PADs in their databases for <PADmap_Location> field value, pick up your PADmap to obtain all your PAD URLs from there and check them against the available PAD URLs to add missing ones to their databases.

Q: What is the difference between PADmap and PADring PAD extensions?

The main difference is that now you do NOT need to update ALL your PAD files every time when releasing a new software product or abandoning an old one for only to update PAD URLs list in PADring field. Instead, you modify only your PADmap file which can be easily accessed by retrieving <PADmap_Location> field data in PADmap extension. Also, having 30 and more software products, you do not have to specify all 30 PAD URLs in each PAD file but only the path to one PADmap file which causes a significant reduce of your PAD files download size.

Q: Is there any ready-to-use solution for download sites webmasters to pick up PADmap URLs from submitted PAD files and get PAD URLs from PADmaps?

Yes, we have included the free padmaps lookup PHP script for download sites webmasters in PADmap Kit that will check all PAD files from submitted PAD URLs list for <PADmap_Location> field availability, retrieve all found PAD URLs, remove all found PAD URL duplicates, sort unique PAD URLs alphabetically and email the new PAD URLs list to specified email address.