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Getting Started Guide: Marketplace & Provider Portal

Updated by Brandy Smith on Jun 27, 2017

The Provider Portal (PP) is an application that allows CenturyLink Cloud Provider Partners to manage the display of their products on the CenturyLink Marketplace. Once a Provider has certified a product, a member of the Marketplace Team provides the partner with a welcome email and credentials to log into PP. New You can now log in using your Google credentials.

Signing In

Sign into the Provider Portal using your credentials. You will be redirected to the Welcome screen.

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Company Information

Click the Company Information tab. This takes you to your Provider Details page, which was created for you when we established your CenturyLink Marketplace profile. Here you can review, edit, update your company information, and change the logo.

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  • Uses Markdown formatting. Most Markdown is recognized.
  • Click the Preview tab to see how your Markdown renders.
  • Click Save once you are satisfied.

Marketplace Provider Agreement (MPA)

On the Provider Details page is also where you must agree to the Marketplace Provider Agreement(MPA), which governs the Terms & Conditions of your products entry into the Marketplace. It can be found here. Once you have read and agree to the terms, click the check box and click Save. Note While it is not necessary to accept the MPA to add products and content, it is a required step for any products to be published to the Marketplace.

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Creating a New Product

From the Provider Details page, you can find a list of your products that have been added to the Marketplace. If you're a new Provider, you may not see any products listed.

  1. To add a new product click the green add product button. A blank Product Details form opens.

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  2. In the Display Name field, enter the name of your product.

  3. Enter the Version number (optional).

  4. Click Create.

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  5. After clicking Create, an updated Product Details page appears containing additional fields to fill about the product.

    • Products defaults to using your company logo. If you wish to use a different image, click change logo, and upload a logo image.
    • Files must be 1MB or smaller.
    • The following image file types may be used: PNG, BMP, JPG, or GIF.

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  6. Complete any additional fields. Note: Some fields are required. Others are optional. Important The Provider Portal supports Markdown within specified fields. When adding links or email addresses, please note that ensuring that you are using proper Markdown formatting is very important. Improper links will cause 404s. The correct format for links and emails are below. If you have any questions or concerns with loading content into the Provider Portal, please reach out to the Marketplace team.

Markdown Link [Link Text](http://google.com)

Email Link [email@xxx.com](mailto:email@xxx.com)and emails are below. If you have any questions or concerns with loading content into the Provider Portal, please reach out to the Marketplace team.

  • Enter Short Description (required).
  • Enter Full Description (required).
        - This field accepts Markdown formatting.
        - Click the **Preview** tab to see how your Markdown renders.
    
  • The Demo URL field is optional. Use this field if you want to provide a different URL where users can download or view a demo video for your product.
  • The Badge field is optional. It is useful for grouping your products for a given audience.
  • Select at least one Category for your product (required).
  • If applicable, select the appropriate Operating System for your product.
  1. You may provide other supplemental product information including:

    • Dependencies (optional).
    • Support Information (required) Support is the responsibility of the provider.
    • Contact Information (optional).
    • Use Cases for the product (optional).
    • Product Features (required). Enter at least one feature.
          - This field accepts Markdown formatting.
          - Click the **Preview** tab to see how your Markdown renders.
      
    • Resources (optional), such as links to Knowledge Base articles, whitepapers, demos, or blog posts.
    • Pricing (optional) for hourly, monthly, or one time usage.
  2. Once you enter all product information, click the Preview button to see how your Markdown renders.

  3. Click Done with Preview to exit Preview mode or click the Edit tab at the top of the form.

  4. Click Create.

  5. Click Request Publication. This forwards a request to the CenturyLink Marketplace team notifying them to review and publish your product. If there are questions/issues related to the submission, a Marketplace team member will contact you. Otherwise, your product is published within two business days. **Note: Required steps for publication of products are as follows:

1) MPA has been reviewed and accepted. 2) W-9 has been submitted to the Marketplace team, reviewed, and approved. 3) Product EULA URL is listed under the product EULA field. 4) Support information is listed under the product support field. 5) Technical integration has been completed and tested. 6) Billing integration has been completed and tested.

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Making Changes to a Product

  1. Log into the Provider Portal and click the Products tab. This opens a window containing a list of your products that have been added to the Marketplace.

  2. Navigate to the Product Details page for the product you want to change.

  3. Edit the details as needed, preview, and click Save.

  4. Click Request Publication. Note: You have to click this button or your changes won't be visible on the Marketplace.

  5. A CenturyLink Marketplace team member will review and approve the changes and publish.

Cloning a Product

This is a great way to simplify entering similar products into the Marketplace.

  1. Navigate to the Product Details page.

  2. Click the Clone button. This opens a new Product Details page with the Display Name of "ProductName Copy".

  3. Edit the Display Name for the cloned product and any other relevant details.

  4. Click Save.

  5. Click Preview in Marketplace.

  6. Close preview mode and return to the Product Details page.

  7. Click Request Publication to publish your product to the Marketplace.

Adding End User License Agreements (EULA)

It is a requirement that partners enter an End User License Agreement (EULA) for each product in the Marketplace. It is also the responsibility of the partner to ensure that the (EULA)s for their products in the Marketplace are kept current.

  1. To add the (EULA), sign into the Provider Portal and navigate to the Product tab. This will take you to the product details page for your company.

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  2. Click on the product in which to add the (EULA).

  3. Inside the product, click the Legal tab on the left side of the page.

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  4. On the Legal tab you can add a link to the (EULA) for each product. While this field accepts markdown text, we highly recommend that providers put links to an actual URL that hosts the (EULA), to ensure that the customer is always viewing the most recent version. It is the responsibility of the provider to ensure that the (EULA) is current.

    • This field accepts markdown.
    • Click the Preview tab to see how the Markdown renders.
  5. Click the Save button.

  6. Repeat these steps for each company product in the Marketplace.

Service Tasks

Some products are assigned service tasks. This is determined between the partner and the CenturyLink Ecosystem engineer during the integration process. If a product requires service tasks, you can add information as needed by accessing the Service Task tab per the directions below:

  1. Sign into the Provider Portal and navigate to the Product tab. This takes you to the product details page for your company.

  2. Click on a product to add service task information.

  3. Once inside the product click, the Service tab.

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  4. Fill in the required fields. If you need assistance filing in the information on this tab, reach out to the Ecosystem team.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What if I have forgotten my EPP password? A: If you forget your password, just click Forgot your password?

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This opens a new form where you input your user name, and a new password will be emailed to you.

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Q: What if I forget my User Name? A: Reach out to the CenturyLink help desk.

Q: What Markdown is accepted by EPP? A: Most Markdown formatting is recognized. See the markdown-it, the GitHub Markdown editor, for more detail.

Q: What types of image files can I use for Company and Product logos? A: Files must be 1MB or smaller. EPP accepts the following image file types: PNG, BMP, JPG, or GIF.

Q: How long after I click Request Publication can I expect my product to be published? A: Within 2 business days, the CenturyLink Cloud Marketplace Team will approve and publish your product. At that point, it will be fully available for customers in the Marketplace.

Q: Why are there two different ways to Preview my content on the Product Detail page? A: Here's the difference.

  1. Form Fields: Edit vs. Preview

    • Selecting Preview above a form field lets you see how the Markdown you entered for the field renders. Below is how Markdown content looks in Edit mode.

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Here's how that same content looks when rendered in Preview mode.

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  1. Product Details Page: Edit vs. Preview

    • Clicking the Preview button on the Product Details page allows you to see the whole page rendered, as opposed to single elements.
    • Below is what it looks like in Edit mode.

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This is what it looks like in Preview mode.

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Q: I clicked “switch to published mode” but see a 404 error page. Why am I getting this error?

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A: You may have already completed your data entry and requested publication, but your product isn't viewable in published mode until the CenturyLink Cloud Marketplace Team approves and publishes the content.

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