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I am using Metadata API through Salesforce public site.

I am getting the following error from public site.

Web service callout failed: WebService returned a SOAP Fault: UNKNOWN_EXCEPTION: Site under construction faultcode=UNKNOWN_EXCEPTION faultactor=

Session Id is currently hardcoded. Anyone faced the same issue before?

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    Please share your code. Aug 9 '17 at 14:51
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    This can sometimes mean you're not referencing the site extension in the url, meaning using http://companyname.cs99.force.com/ when you need to be using http://companyname.cs99.force.com/publicsite Aug 9 '17 at 14:55
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Adding the site prefix with '{!$Site.Prefix}' is the correct answer, but I found that creating another dummy community in salesforce with an empty path (so no /publicsite) also works. My guess is that each community site doesn't care that the site prefix matches, just that it exists.

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This was because of the wrong site extension url.

By default MetaDataAPI endpoint was http://companyname.cs99.force.com/ instead of the actual site extension url http://companyname.cs99.force.com/publicsite.

I changed the EndPoint with actual site extension url and it worked.

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