Business Catalyst Blog

Discontinue yearly plans - updates and clarifications

Magda Neagu Wednesday, May 04, 2016

As announced back in March, Business Catalyst is moving to discontinue all yearly plans. 

Since our announcement, we have moved forward with discontinuing our bi-yearly plans and removing them from sale. 

During this time, we have also researched the transition for yearly, and discovered that due to the complexity of the project and the numerous exceptions presented, we need a bit more time to ensure the proper and smooth transition for all our customers. 

As such, our new transition date will be July 15th. We are postponing this project for 2 months in order to ensure that all our customers will transition with the stated conditions in place: keeping the value of the 10% discount for all customers currently on yearly plans, and applying any additional discount to customers that have signed on during one of our special offers. 

We would also like to clarify some of the issues raised during these months by our partners:

  • All discounts currently existing will transition to the new pricing. For example, whatever price your customer has on the invoice now will be divided by 12 and that will be the new monthly invoice. 
  • Please note that any coupons used will be limited to the initial duration, so at some point the recurrence of the coupon may run out and the price will revert to regular. This has nothing to do with the transition, but pertains to the coupon rules your customer has signed off on. 
  • We do not advise any changes to be made prior to transition, in particular billing relationship or site plan. This will only make the site to be treated as an exception, and further delay the transition. The recommended course of action would be to allow the site to transition automatically and then apply whatever changes you feel necessary (shift the invoice from partner to customer or change plan type)
  • Adobe will provide partners with more than 50 sites a list of all sites and their renewal date, as well as a template for communication of the transition to the clients, in order to allow for a smoother transition. 

If you have any questions at any point please do not hesitate to reach out to us via the Support channels. 

The Business Catalyst Team

Site deletion workflow update

Roxana Moldovan Tuesday, April 26, 2016

With our latest Release, both Partners and Customers now have the ability to delete sites with overdue invoices from their end, as follows:

  • from Partner Portal, the previously known workflow should be followed (Partner Portal > My sites > click on site name > Delete site);

  • from the admin section of the site: login to your site admin area http://yoursitename.businesscatalyst.com/Admin with an admin user email. When the payment screen appears, you can either pay for the overdue invoice(s) or have your site deleted by clicking on the link "I don't need the site anymore. Delete site" at the bottom of the screen.

Thank you,

The Adobe Business Catalyst team


Site of the Week: GSA Insurance

Roxana Moldovan Monday, April 25, 2016

Business Catalyst Site of the Week is GSA Insurance designed by Complete Business Online.

The site took about 6 months to be built. It’s an out-of-the-ordinary website for an insurance company who thinks out-of-the-box. Trendy yet clean-looking, hip but still professional.

The biggest challenge in creating this website was implementing external codes needed to make the animations/transition running. "When doing sites with these kind of animations and transitions, it is usually hard to make your site maintainable and robust, but BC’s structure surely aids and helps in making sites like these organized and easy to maintain. Usage of technology that is not the norm for usual websites also imposes problem, but using Liquid Markup makes integration of these technologies quite easy." (Cyrus Bonzon, CBO)

“I have been working with BC for just about 8 months . Thinking about advantages, I would mention that the implementation of Liquid opens up a whole list of options in making webpages dynamic. Also, Webapps make handling clients-given contents easy.” ( Cyrus Bonzon)

CBO is a complete creative & marketing digital agency, who solves problems with creative ideas and digital expertise.

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Our section "Site of the week" promotes some of the best accomplished sites, hosted on our platform. If you too have designed a beautiful site that you are proud of, send us an e-mail to bcpartner-team(at)adobe(dot)com. It might become the next "Site of the Week"!

 

 

Webinar recording: Content Loading Like A Pro

Diana Iliescu Friday, April 22, 2016

Thanks to those of you who attended our April's BC webinar with Michael Sallander.

Do you remember the last time you had thousands of web app items or products to load and you are sitting at your computer for mindless hours wondering… there has got to be a better way? Well, there is, and Mike Sallander from BC Academe shared with you some Excel tips to speed up your content loading.

If you were unable to join us live, check out the webinar recording here: Content Loading Like A Pro.

If you have any questions or suggestions please do not hesitate to send them over to BCPartner-Team@adobe.com. We will be happy to answer all your inquiries.

See you next time!
The Adobe Business Catalyst Team

App of the month: Wordpress Migration Toolbox

Roxana Moldovan Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Wordpress Migration Toolbox offers a set of tools that will allow the various components of a WP site to be migrated to the various Business Catalyst modules, pages, templates, posts and others. It imports page templates, pages and blog posts, authors of comments from WP site as customers in CRM on BC, downloads backlinks and redirects URLs. 

Prerequisites: before using this App you need to have on hand:

  • A WP site to import the data from;
  • A new Business Catalyst site;
  • A blog in your new Business Catalyst site;
  • XML back up file exported from your WP site;
  • A Zip file, containing the theme file folders.

Working with the App:

**Import Page Template: **

  • Simply drag and drop files in the area
  • Preview on the fly before import is finalized
  • Auto-Filtering of un-needed files in the ZIP

**Import pages: **

  • Drag and drop files in the area;
  • Select all button or single out the single pages;
  • Template selection.

**Importing posts:**

  • Posts Importing directly into the Business Catalyst Blog;
  • Posts Selection;
  • Template allocation.

Buy any one-time admin app and receive a discount code for the value of the app towards the purchase of a new Business Catalyst hosting plan.

About the developer

GetInBlue is a BC partner who brings together digital experts with the skills and experience to help you rebuild from top to bottom, creating a digital culture for exceptional innovation and long-term success.

Site of the Week: Let's Cook Scotland

Roxana Moldovan Monday, April 18, 2016

Business Catalyst Site of the Week is Let’s Cook Scotland designed by Graphite Web Solutions.

The website was built for Let’s Cook Scotland, a small cookery school in Central Scotland. It allows customers to book and purchase courses online, purchase and redeem bespoke gift vouchers and has a management area for the business owner which not only allows to view/add/amend course attendees but provides an overall view of the popularity of the various courses and other business information.

The site was built over 7 months and uses Web Apps, Events module, Blog, bespoke gift voucher system and Event booking purchase.

The biggest challenge for the designer was to provide the correct information for the business owner when a customer books (name, mobile, email, allergy and names of other attendees) and to integrate a bespoke gift voucher system with the course booking and payment process. Liquid has made this achievable.

“We have been working with BC since 2011 and chose the platform in the first instance due to the integration of a website with a CMS, a basic CRM, Email Marketing and E-Commerce. We have been excited with the addition of liquid coding which makes the platform hugely customizable making a site like Let's Cook Scotland possible.” (Steve Johnson, Graphite Web Solutions)

A piece of advice for beginners, from the designer of Let’s Cook Scotland: “If you have just started using BC the best advice is to just dive in and practice with it - the fact you can create a trial site and play around with it is hugely beneficial and is great for learning. You also need to engage with the community on LinkedIn, the forums, the Facebook page, BC Sandpile, BC Gurus and BC Academe - there is a huge community of people willing to help and answer questions so don't be shy!

Graphite Web Solutions is a small agency in Scotland that has been building websites for 10 years and has been using BC since 2011.

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Our section "Site of the week" promotes some of the best accomplished sites, hosted on our platform. If you too have designed a beautiful site that you are proud of, send us an e-mail to bcpartner-team(at)adobe(dot)com. It might become the next "Site of the Week"!

 

 

Tips&Tricks from Mike Sallander to make your life easier. Join these 3 webinars to find out how!

Diana Iliescu Monday, April 11, 2016

Mike Sallander is a serial entrepreneur who has emerged as one of the leaders in the Business Catalyst community, co-founding Chicago Digital, BC Academe and Solid Sky, and also the new owner of the BC App Store. He is a unique problem solver who enjoys helping businesses and developers alike.

Pick the sessions below and register on your relevant timezone.

Wed/Thu, April 20th/21st: Content Loading Like A Pro

Do you remember the last time you had thousands of web app items or products to load and you are sitting at your computer for mindless hours wondering… there has got to be a better way? Well, there is, and Mike Sallander from BC Academe is going to share with you some Excel tips to speed up your content loading.


To help you put your learning into practice, webinar participants will be receive a 15% discount on their next website. (*Some conditions apply, see below)


Registrations are now open for the May and June sessions as well:

Wed/Thu, May 18th/19th: Enable Your Clients to Change Website Icons

Icons that render as fonts are popular on websites, but, unfortunately are usually only things that developers can change out. In this webinar, Mike Sallander from BC Academe will show you how you can setup a custom icon library for your website and easily allow clients to pick and choose icons of their liking from the library when creating new web apps.


Wed/Thu, June 15th/16th: Stop Waiting on Content to Save Your Sanity… and your bottom line

Unfortunately there is a universal phenomenon that exists with web developers everywhere. You hurry up to build a website to meet a deadline and then you wait… and wait, for the client to get you all the content. When they supply the content, they realized that they no longer need certain items you already built, or the site doesn’t correctly accommodate for this or that, which typically leads to rounds of unpaid revisions and projects that drag on way too long. All hope is not lost: there is a way to save your sanity and your bottom line.

Do not start development until you have all the content and functionality defined. This has been one of the most significant improvements Chicago Digital has made to its web building process. Mike Sallander, President of Chicago Digital, will walk you through an example project and how they use Gather Content to stay on top of the content and requirements for custom website builds on Business Catalyst.

If you have any questions or suggestions please do not hesitate to send them over to BCPartner-Team@adobe.com. We will be happy to answer all your inquiries.

*15% discount coupon applies for new site upgrades on any monthly/yearly/biyearly desired plan, until the next renewal. Coupon validity: 30-Jun-2016, only available for the webinars’ attendees. The discount code will only be offered live, during the webinar session.

Thank you and see you there!
The Adobe Business Catalyst Team

Site of the Week: Yoga Alchemy

Roxana Moldovan Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Business Catalyst Site of the Week is Yoga Alchemy, designed by Chicago Digital.

World renowned Yoga teacher, Shiva Rea, teaches and inspires people around the world through this online transformational portal. This website blends high-end visual components with complex back-end functionality to create a truly enjoyable experience for both the front-end and back-end user.

The BC features used include Web Apps, Secure Zones with Recurring MembershipsCRM.

The website allows Yoga Enthusiasts to purchase online courses that help inspire, balance and serve the flow of life. Functionally these courses are made up of a course curriculum, videos, meditations, and resource downloads. The website also serves as a place for people to sign up for a membership as either a student or a teacher.

Chicago Digital has been building websites exclusively on Adobe Business Catalyst for about 6 years. It is one of the most accomplished BC developers in the world having built hundreds of websites on the platform, founding one of the leading BC education sites and running the central marketplace for distributing BC Apps.

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Our section "Site of the week" promotes some of the best accomplished sites, hosted on our platform. If you too have designed a beautiful site that you are proud of, send us an e-mail to bcpartner-team(at)adobe(dot)com. It might become the next "Site of the Week"!


 

 

Site of the Week: Easysketch

Roxana Moldovan Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Business Catalyst Site of the Week is Easysketch, designed by Factory Cat.

The site was designed to become a lead generation tool for the sale of EASYSKETCH, a SketchUp extension, and it took 5 weeks to complete, from initial requirements gathering to delivery of finished project.

According to John Atkinson, the designer of Easysketch, “site build went very smoothly due to the power of the BC platform; requirements gathering was probably the only pinch point.”

The BC features used include Web Apps, Blog, Email marketing, Analytics, Media library. The site also features Secure Zones where subscribers can login and access content for the SketchUp extension.

John Atkinson has been working with Business Catalyst since 2010 and thinks that “BC features a suite of integrated web tools which has given us a competitive edge over other web companies promoting and connecting a bunch of disparate and expensive tools to achieve the same results.”

An advice from somebody who just started using BC, from the designer of Easysketch: “ Take time to learn and leverage the power of liquid. You can do some amazing stuff with liquid that at first glance of the BC platform might not be apparent

Factory Cat is an agency that has been building data driven websites, web apps and e-commerce stores since 2001. They developed using many languages but over the last 6 years have focused on developing using the BC platform only.

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Our section "Site of the week" promotes some of the best accomplished sites, hosted on our platform. If you too have designed a beautiful site that you are proud of, send us an e-mail to bcpartner-team(at)adobe(dot)com. It might become the next "Site of the Week"!