Business Catalyst Blog

App of the month: Welcome Bar

Roxana Moldovan Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Welcome Bar drives sales by capturing your customers' attention and directing them to your most important products and deals. Add this to your website and get people clicking!

Welcome Bar makes it easy to:

  • Effectively promote products and sales
  • Drive more traffic to a specific URL
  • Point visitors to your social media channels and increase social sharing
  • Grow your opt-in Business Catalyst mailing list
  • Display your coupon codes upfront

The Promotion Bar appears in every page of your website, and attracts the visitor's attentions in a non-invasive efficient way. The Bar makes it easy to share a custom message with your audience, and make sure it's noticed. It also improves the conversion of social media sharing and email collecting, and helps you grow your community and mailing lists.

Only 2 code lines need to be installed to <head> — Customer can choose from 4 setup modes:

  • Welcome visitors — Tell your visitors what's new. Wish them a happy holiday. Publish upcoming events. Show a sale coupon code.
  • Drive traffic - This mode helps you drive visitors to one place.
  • Collect contacts — Collect emails from your visitors through the top bar.
  • Get more likes — Add Facebook like or share buttons, Add a tweet button with more options.

No code design customization. You can customize bar with real-time editor or you can install Welcome Bar to page without CSS and create your oven style.

Features

  • Asynchronous loading that won't affect page load speed.
  • Customize Name, Email, Than you messages in collect contact mode.
  • Set existing mailing list where automatically subscribe new contact.
  • Your own URL redirect.
  • Automatically Opt-in emails.
  • Collect contact mode without Name input.
  • Set your cookie expiration time when bar is hidden and automatically show when is new.
  • Easy sharing Facebook button with options if you want: include share button, include counter, change to recommend.
  • Easy sharing on Twitter button with setup tweet text, username and hashtag.
  • Option for delay of bar if you want to show bar later. Some time after customer come on page.
  • Position of bar: bottom, top, fixed.
  • Shake button for attention.

Pricing: One time fee $119,88

To celebrate Welcome Bar being featured as BC App of the month, the developer offers 50% discount for the next 30 days! Purchase now Welcome Bar for only $59.94!


About the developer

Welcome Bar was developed by Peter Knezek, who is Business Catalyst Partner since 2010. He is working from sketch of web design, simple ICE web sites, to customized e-commerce solutions.


 

 


 

Site of the Week: Get Connected Finance

Roxana Moldovan Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Business Catalyst Site of the Week is Get Connected Finance, designed by Complete Business Online (developer: Marjorie Abueg).

This site offers quick valuable information and a powerful yet simple application form for users. Overall, it took about 6 weeks to complete.

The biggest challenge in creating this website was implementing multi-step webforms in a single page. But the use of Liquid globals made it possible to display different webforms in one page based on the user's input/query. It also reduced the page loading time since it's only necessary to load one specific form.

"One of the BC features I like the most is Liquid Markup. It's simple markup, yet it helps us have access to many areas of BC, which is very powerful. An example of this is where I am able to build dynamic responsive menus which allows me to integrate the dynamic menu items in Foundation Menu without the use of any scripts." (Marjorie Abueg, CBO)

"I've been working in BC for almost 2 years. As for the advantages, BC allows the client to manage the creation, modification and removal of content from a website without the need for technical expertise. It also has flexible built-in modules which help me, as a developer, implement complex website requirements much easier." ( Marjorie Abueg, CBO )

A piece of advice for somebody who just started using BC from Marjorie Abueg: "Explore. Don't limit yourself to the basics. Know everything about different BC features and its concepts as they can provide you flexibility and versatility."

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: A whole new way of looking at page editing

Diana Iliescu Friday, August 19, 2016

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

Are you tired of only having one editable region for a page? Are your clients looking for easy ways to change header images, side modules, and footer modules for pages and templates? Make these issues a thing of the past by tuning into this month’s webinar where Mike Sallander will be showing you how the power of Style Guides and a Page Control Web App will transform your client’s editing experience. You will see several examples of how this technique has been used on actual websites and insight into how to accomplish this for your own websites.

If you were unable to join us live, check out the webinar recording here: A whole new way of looking at page editing.

You can also find the recordings of the past 2 webinars here: BC Widgets – Learn how to create your own and Stop Waiting on Content to Save Your Sanity… and your bottom line.

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

BC Academe Launches New Course

Roxana Moldovan Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The BC Academe is proud to announce their new “Business Catalyst Foundations Course for Developers.

The course is available on-demand to all BC Academe Pro Students for free, and is instructed by BC Expert Mike Sallander.

Throughout the course you will build a site in a real Business Catalyst environment from start to finish and learn the BC Academe Best Practices for implementing advanced techniques when building client friendly sites.

This course will remind you why Business Catalyst is the premier platform for your websites/agency.

Who should take this course:

  • Business Catalyst Developers
    • Who want to build better, more efficient and consistent websites on Adobe Business Catalyst.
    • Who are struggling to make sites that are easy for clients to edit while still implementing advanced techniques and using best practices.
  • Other Developers Interested in Business Catalyst
    • Learn the best practice method of integrating your sites and take advantage of what Business Catalyst have to offer.
  • Agencies looking to train new Business Catalyst Developers
    • This course is perfect for agencies who are interested in hiring talented developers who might not necessarily be familiar with Business Catalyst.

The Course Includes:

  • 8 Hours of On-demand video content
  • An included responsive website template and style-guide
  • Exclusive Access to the BC Academe Developer Guidelines
  • New Advanced Code like “Page Control” and more.

Become a Pro Student at the BC Academe and get immediate access to the Business Catalyst Foundations Course for Developers .

Other Benefits of being a BC Academe Pro Student:

  • Unlimited access to all online video tutorials 24/7
  • Pro videos released weekly

Don't miss tomorrow's BC webinar to discover A whole new way of looking at page editing

Diana Iliescu Tuesday, August 16, 2016

This month we'll meet Wednesday August 17th (US) / Thursday August 18th (AU) with Michael Sallander to discover A whole new way of looking at page editing.

Are you tired of only having one editable region for a page? Are your clients looking for easy ways to change header images, side modules, and footer modules for pages and templates? Make these issues a thing of the past by tuning into this month’s webinar where Mike Sallander will be showing you how the power of Style Guides and a Page Control Web App will transform your client’s editing experience. You will see several examples of how this technique has been used on actual websites and insight into how to accomplish this for your own websites.

Wed/Thu, August 17th/18th: A whole new way of looking at page editing

To help you put your learning into practice, webinar participants will be receive a 15% discount on their next website. (*15% discount coupon applies for new site upgrades on any monthly/yearly desired plan, for the first year. Coupon validity: 30-Sep-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

BC Gurus Templates have gone Foundation 6!

Roxana Moldovan Monday, August 01, 2016

Starting with templates released in July, BC Gurus templates are now built on the Foundation 6 Framework.

The BC Gurus team have been using Foundation 5 for a long time now, but found the improvements in F6 along with the smaller file sizes made it the perfect time to revamp their master template and introduce some new features.

Improvements such as:

  • They added both Drilldown and Accordion menus to the sidebar & mobile navigation (where appropriate). You choose the style you want to use and remove the other one;
  • Media Objects...where your responsive layout grid fits the image rather than the other way around;
  • New Features page, which includes Foundations Kitchen Sink widgets... all BC’ized;
  • New Icons page, shows all the Font Awesome Icons that are available, all on one page along with some simple instructions for how to use them;
  • Updated Gallery Module output. By default now, the gallery page uses a liquid code snippet and the Magnific.js lightbox to provide a much improved experience for photo galleries...yet still using the built in BC gallery module.
  • Updated poplets on the store detail page. You can always go back to the old way, but now when you click on a poplet image the main image changes to that colour;
  • Liquid Shopping Cart. BC Gurus are eating out own dog food here...they implemented the tutorial Daniel Telfer created for them showing how to update the BC Shopping Cart to use liquid markup. For these new templates you don’t have to worry about it, it’s already done!
  • BC Widgets, they have pre-installed several of the BC Widgets the BC Team have provided the community;
  • Forms use Foundation Markup and the new “I’m not a robot” Captcha;
  • Simplified CSS and JS files. They’ve reduced the CSS into a single file for you to edit, and done much the same with the Javascript files. It helps page speed results and makes it easier to find the things you need to edit.

Watch the 14 minute overview video here: http://www.bcgurus.com/tutorials/bc-gurus-template-with-foundation-6-overview

And if you’re a BC Gurus member you can watch videos 2-13 where they provide a more detailed look at the updates.

Here’s the first template created with Foundation 6: http://www.bcgurus.com/template/lakeside-cafe-and-catering

Not a BC Gurus Member?

There’s never been a better time to be a BC Gurus Pro Member! To celebrate this update to Foundation 6, Bc Gurus are offering a 14 Day Free Trial.

This is a great way to try out a Pro Membership. Instantly get a free template just for trying it out.

Choose the NEW Foundation 6 based Lakeside Cafe & Catering template and really dig into what’s new. Or choose one of the other 60 BC ready templates. Try it out, work with it, change it, update it, download it again.

The free template is yours to keep whether you continue with Pro Membership or not. And did I mention... there are over 240 Premium Tutorials you can view as well.

FREE TRIAL INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Visit this page: https://www.bcgurus.com/sign-up/step-2?level=free
  2. Login with your BC Gurus info
  3. Enter payment information (this will ONLY be used if you stay on past the trial)
  4. And you are in!
  5. BC Gurus will immediately insert a template credit into your account which you can use for any premium templates.

Webinar recording: BC Widgets – Learn how to create your own

Diana Iliescu Thursday, July 28, 2016

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

Business Catalyst widgets are per-written modular pieces of code to help you add more functionality to your BC sites while saving you time. Business Catalyst has made many widgets available to you, but did you know you can create your own? Adopting the idea of creating widgets can help standardize solutions and reduce development time internally for you and your company.

If you were unable to join us live, check out the webinar recording here: BC Widgets – Learn how to create your own.

You can also find the recordings of the past 2 webinars here: Stop Waiting on Content to Save Your Sanity… and your bottom line and Enable Your Clients to Change Website Icons.

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

Register now for the new webinar series!

Roxana Moldovan Thursday, July 21, 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, July 27th/28th: BC Widgets – Learn how to create your own

Business Catalyst widgets are per-written modular pieces of code to help you add more functionality to your BC sites while saving you time. Business Catalyst has made many widgets available to you, but did you know you can create your own? Adopting the idea of creating widgets can help standardize solutions and reduce development time internally for you and your company.

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 August and September sessions as well:

Wed/Thu, August 17th/18th: A whole new way of looking at page editing

Are you tired of only having one editable region for a page? Are your clients looking for easy ways to change header images, side modules, and footer modules for pages and templates? Make these issues a thing of the past by tuning into this month’s webinar where Mike Sallander will be showing you how the power of Style Guides and a Page Control Web App will transform your client’s editing experience. You will see several examples of how this technique has been used on actual websites and insight into how to accomplish this for your own websites.


Wed/Thu, September 21st/22nd: New Revenue Models at the BC App Store

App developers have new ways to distribute their apps to the BC community. This provides greater financial opportunity for developers and the potential for even better apps for BC App Store customers. The 2 new revenue models are: Recurring Apps per Site and One Time Apps per partner. These revenue models make the distribution of integration apps possible so you can easily connect Business Catalyst to external CRMs, Email Marketing, Analytics, Marketing Products and more! In this webinar, Mike Sallander, owner of the BC App Store will be walking you through the developer program and showcase apps that are already using these new revenue models.


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 desired plan, for the first year. Coupon validity: 30-Sep-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: Bradshaws

Roxana Moldovan Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Business Catalyst Site of the Week is Bradshaws, designed by Strange Ideas

Bradshaws is a feature rich e-commerce site, providing inspiration and insight to lifestyle choices that revolve around a passion for kitchen and home decor products. The unique aspect of this site is the interweaving of context orientated content and products. Brand pages such as Bodum and Crabtree & Evelyn are real examples of this combination.

The Bradshaws site has been active on BC since 2012, however this most recent iteration of their site took approximately 3 months to rebuild on the Foundation platform. Features are constantly added on a regular basis.

Web Apps have been particularly helpful for the clients to manage product sliders, catalogue header images and content in dropdown menus which would have been otherwise difficult for the client to update easily. Catalogue header images can now be repurposed through Liquid to be used on other pages. Another feature that is extensively leveraged by the client is the CRM and e-mail marketing. After building custom email templates, the client sends out a campaign at least once a month since 2013, linking to Blog content and sharing across social media.

The biggest challenge of rebuilding the site has been SEO. Maintaining link paths throughout the site and avoiding ranking penalties after the switch was particularly challenging.

"I have been working with Business Catalyst since Feb 2012. The greatest and most obvious advantage of using BC is the “all-in-one” featured platform. “Liquid” programming language has also given us great advantages to provide features and benefits to the client and end user.

BC is a great platform whether you are just a designer or just a programmer. The platform allows anyone to provide feature rich solutions to any size client. However, the ideal situation is having a great designer, an experienced programmer and of course great clients who want to leverage all the features BC has to offer." (Adam Strange, Strange Ideas)

Strange Ideas is a graphic design studio based in London, Ontario, Canada. They provide branding, marketing, and web development to a wide range of industries and sectors across Canada. Their solutions combine fresh ideas, crystalline vision and captivating design to yield practical and aesthetic results. 

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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"!

App of the Month: Support Tools

Roxana Moldovan Tuesday, July 12, 2016

IOBB's Support Tools BC Admin Plugin extends BC's support capabilities allowing you to instantly communicate with your website visitors via instant messaging in real time. The chat box appears in your visitors’ browser window where they can chat with you by typing into the live chat box. In addition to the basic Chat feature, IOBB Support Tools offer you a number of other features to manage and analyze your customer support, understand more about your visitors and, more importantly, give them a great customer service experience.

IOBB Support Tools is powerful, yet simple. As Administrator of this platform, you can set up the chat box in minutes. The power comes from its flexible use of widgets to customize each conversation in advance. Here are some additional benefits of IOBB Support Tools:

  • The ability to provide stellar support by answering visitors’ questions and get more conversions.
  • Quick setup just by adding the code to your website and chat online in the chat console dashboard.
  • Comprehensive dashboard containing Visitor histories, transcripts, customization tools, statistics, and much more!
  • Customize the chat box widget to suit your brand personality both visually and with autoresponders.
  • Always be contactable even when Assistants are ‘Away’.
  • Keep conversations going seamlessly. Have transcripts sent to offline users through email.
  • Allow visitors to leave messages even when you are offline.
  • Search and pull up any chat conversation as and when you need it.
  • It's a service, so there is no need to invest in server hardware and get annoyed with versions and incompatibility.

FOR BC CLIENTS

All BC Clients get a FREE subscription of IOBB Support Tools (limited features) just for registering.

FOR BC PARTNERS

It's important to note that ALL BC partners get a FREE Professional subscription to IOBB Support Tools if they register as a partner. (http://iobb.co/IOBB-BC-Partner.html) The partner program was designed specifically for BC Partners so they could easily add more value to their existing products and services without having to invest in servers and 3rd party software. The partner program offers the ability to resell the service enabling the BC partner to be more effective by providing additional client management tools that integrate with BC as well.

ABOUT THE DEVELOPER

3MD Communications is dedicated to providing marketing and technology services to small and emerging businesses looking for opportunities to increase their potential for success. Unlike traditional marketing and technology firms that focus on analyzing problems for large customers, 3MD Communications works exclusively with small business clients to develop concrete, practical, short-term action plans that will start moving their businesses in the right direction.