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Image Product Accessing

Last Updated: Jan 13, 2020

This section will walk you through how to create, publish, and sell image products on the International Marketplace.

Step 1: Prepare Operation Environment

  1. Log on to the ECS console with your vendor account on Alibaba Cloud Marketplace.

  2. Create an ECS instance. For detail procedures, see Create an ECS instance.

    Note: Marketplace has a protection mechanism for image products, vendors are not allowed to package third-party image into another image product for sale.

  3. Deploy a runtime environment or application on your ECS instance.

Step 2: Create an Image

  1. Log on to the ECS console with your vendor account on Alibaba Cloud Marketplace.

  2. Click Instance on the left navigation bar, find the ECS instance where you deployed the environment or application.

  3. Go to the Disk menu and select the disk of the runtime environment or application. Then, click Create Snapshot.

    creat_snapshot

  4. After creating a snapshot, click the Instance Snapshots menu and find the newly created snapshot file. Then, click Create Custom Image.

    creat_custom_image

  5. Fill in the information in the pop up window. Then, click Create.

  6. Click the Image menu to view the image you have created.

Step 3: Create an Image Product

  1. Log on to the Marketplace. Click Seller Portal in the upper right corner.

  2. Click Create Product on the Listing page.

  3. On the Access Information tab, select Image type and enter porduction information as prompted by the interface. Then, click Next.

    Note: The access informatiom can not be modified once it is submitted.

    Parameter Description
    Product Name Customize the product name.
    Image Region The system will retrieve the images from your account automatically. By switching to a region tab, you can see the images with in the corresponding region. Just select one of your custom images that you created.
    Note: You can input another account’s access key and secret key to select more images. You can find the Access Key ID and Access Key Secret on user management.
    Version Enter a version name.
    Note: You can still add more versions using the same product name, after the previous version is published.
    Version Introduction Enter information about this release to notify users of major updated features.
    Available in Select the regions in which to sell your image.
    Configuration Constraint (Optional) You can set some ECS constraints, and the ECS instance type will be filtered out on purchase page according to your setting.
    e.g. The ECS instance type which only has more than 2 cores CPU and 4G memory, can be chosen on the purchase page, if you set a minimum 2 core CPU and 4G memory.
    • CPU: the minimum and maximum configuration requirements for CPU that your image needs to run properly.
    • Memory: the minimum and maximum configuration requirements for Memory that your image needs to run properly.
    • Multiple NIC in VPC network: choose Support or Nonsupport according to the actual situation.
    • Family: Specify the family if there is a limitation. All ECS families are supported if no family is specified.
    • Minimum System Disk: the minimum System Disk capacity that your image needs to run properly.
    • Minimum Data Disk: the minimum Data Disk capacity that your image needs to use.
    Application Console (Optional) You can set up an application address if your software image has one. Customers can access directly to your application via Alibaba cloud console after ECS running by clicking your filled address.
  4. On the General tab, fill in product description and information related to your product. Then, click Next.

    ParameterDescription
    Product LogoUpload the product image which you wish to display on the product list page and product details page.
    Note: You are recommended to use an image size of more than 200 px * 150 px with the 4:3 aspect ratio. Alibaba Cloud current only supports JPEG, PNG, and GIF formats.
    Short DescriptionEnter a short description description of your product within 200 characters. This information will be displayed on the Marketplace’s product list page.
    Product HighlightsHighlight in a few words about your product within 500 characters, it will be shown in the beginning of your product details page.
    Product DescriptionEnter the detailed description of your product. This information will be displayed on the product details page. You can make this description as detailed as possible and add necessary images
    Product Certifications (optional)upload the product certification which is useful for accelerating product audit process.
    User GuideUpload the product user guide in PDF format (Max size: 10 MB). You are recommended to keep the file’s name short and precise, as it will be displayed on the product page.
    Refund PolicyEnter the refund policy you offer for this product.
    Support DetailsEnter aftersales support information include support email or phone number.
  5. On the Category and SEO tab, select product category and set up SEO key words. Then click Next.

    ParameterDescription
    Product CategorySelect the category of your product. This option allows users to find your product by filtering search results.
    KeywordsEnter the SEO key words.
    SEO DescriptionsEnter the product discription for SEO.
  6. On the Pricing tab, set the sales mode. Then, click Next

    Parameter Description
    Pricing Plan
    • Free: The product is for free.
    • BYOL: Bring your own license
    Displayed on Marketplace
    • Yes: The product details page will be displayed on Alibaba Cloud Marketplace.
    • No: The product details page will not be displayed on Alibaba Cloud Marketplace.
  7. On the Submission tab, enter the End User License Agreement. Then, click Next.

    When users purchase the product, they must agree to the terms and conditions in EULA.

Step 4: Image Review and Verification

After submitting image information, an Alibaba Cloud administrator will review your image product.

  1. Access check

    The operations team will first perform product access review.

    • If there are no problems with the image’s own functions, the product passes the review.

    • If a problem is encountered when accessing the image, the product is rejected. In this case, you can modify the original application and resubmit the product for review.

  2. Product information check.

    After the product passes access review, the operations team will review the product information.

    • If this information complies with the relevant requirements, the product passes the review and will be made available to users.

    • If the product information does not comply with the relevant requirements, the product is rejected. In this case, you can modify the original application and resubmit the product for review.