Business Catalyst Blog

Support availabily during the winter holidays

Florin Carlig Friday, December 19, 2014

It's that time of year again and in order to give our Support team a well-deserved rest, we'll be adjusting our schedule over the holiday season. Please find our team's availability during the holiday period outlined in the table below.

On those days marked as "emergencies/incidents only", we'll have an on-call team members available in the unlikely event of a service outage or emergency issues. From December 29-31 support will be available as per usual on all channels, however we'll have a smaller team online as we expect an overall lower volume of traffic. During this timeframe Accounts support will offer only limited coverage.

December 22 Full coverage
December 23 Full coverage
December 24 Full coverage
December 25 Emergencies/incidents only
December 26 Emergencies/incidents only
December 27 Emergencies/incidents only
December 28 Emergencies/incidents only
December 29 Limited coverage
December 30 Limited coverage
December 31 Emergencies/incidents only
January 1 Emergencies/incidents only
January 2 Full coverage

Up until December 24 and from January 2 onwards, Support will be fully operational and available via all channels. Thank you for all of your support during 2014, looking forward to a great 2015!

Thank you,
The Adobe Business Catalyst Team

European Business Catalyst Christmas Party

Diana Herac Wednesday, December 10, 2014

This year, join Wysi and SiteGlide, UK-based Partners, for the second European Adobe BC Partner Christmas Party!

This is a great chance for European BC partners to get together for a great evening of food, drinks and meeting other BC partners. You'll have the chance to discuss the latest BC improvements, share stories and best practices, enjoy a 3 course Christmas meal and specially brewed beers.

So if you're a BC Partner/Muse designer that's looking forward to learn more about BC, this is an event for you!

Location: Zero Degrees Microbrewery
9 Bridge St
Reading, RG1 2LR
Date: Tuesday 16th December 2014
Time: 7:30pm onwards (food served 8pm)

If you wish to attend, don't forget to RSVP here!

Sydney Business Catalyst Christmas Party

Brett Stockley Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Christmas has crept up on us quickly this year. Although it’s late, it wouldn’t be Christmas unless BC Partners got together for a beer and debrief on the year gone by.

This year we’re getting a bit more casual. We’ll mingle with the public at:

The Golden Sheaf Hotel
Double Bay
www.goldensheaf.com.au
19th December 2014 from 6 pm

Turn up at 6pm and come find Pretty Digital and other Business Catalyst Partners, we won’t be too hard to fine. By 6pm we’ll carve out our own part of the pub, it’s a pretty big pub with great music. Cosy. A perfect spot for a Summer evening beer with friends.

We’re not catering this year but feel free to get stuck into their signature Beef Filet and Mushroom Risotto. Yum.

The Adobe Business Catalyst team have kindly offered a healthy bar tab expense account. Thankyou for that BC team, we’ll have a beer on you.

If you’re coming, it would be great if you could drop me an email just so I know how many to cater for.

Brett Stockley
brett @ prettydigital.com.au
And my number if you want to track me down on the night
0413 443 133

Episode 41 of the BC Podcast - Scott Reynolds

Brent Weaver Thursday, December 04, 2014

After a year of hosting the BC Podcast, it’s time that I pass the torch. After talking it over with Adobe, we agreed that Scott Reynolds would be the perfect replacement.

On this month’s podcast, Scott and I talk about Adobe MAX, what got Scott into BC, and what he is already doing with BC.Next.

Tune in for Episode 41 of the Business Catalyst podcast!

Listen to this month’s podcast:
Simply click the play button below to stream the podcast via your browser.

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Alternatively, you can download the podcast in .mp3 format for offline listening.

In this episode:

  • Scott and Brent talk about Adobe MAX
  • Interview with Scott about what he did before BC
  • What BC.Next can do right now

I truly enjoyed hosting the Podcast over the last year. Thanks to everyone that helped to make this happen - Adobe, my guests, production help, and of course… you, our listeners. If Scott’s history with the BC community is any gauge, I know Scott will do great things with the Official BC Podcast.

If you would like to reach out and get in touch with me, feel free to drop me a line at brent@bcgurus.com. This is not goodbye, but see you later.

Until then,
Brent Weaver

BC Sandpile December 2014 Schedule

Diana Herac Thursday, December 04, 2014

Weekly Day/Time:

  • San Francisco: Tuesdays, 5pm (all times adjusted in relation to this time)
  • New York City: Tuesdays, 8pm
  • London: Wednesdays, 1am
  • Sydney: Wednesdays, Noon

Admin Panel How-To (Part 2) with Dave Haggblad
2nd December (3rd in AUS) 2014
Still mystified by some of the options in Business Catalyst Admin? Join us for another dive into BC Admin where Dave Haggblad will go over each menu item, discuss its purpose, and uncover any tips and tricks he's picked up along the way. Once again, bring what YOU know about the Admin Panel items so if Dave is stumped you can jump in to give a hand!

Web Components and Business Catalyst
9th December (10th in AUS) 2014
In this talk we will review what components are and why it is exciting. We will also cover the basics of ECMA-6 and will then make a menu using polymer components. We will finish with answering your questions and how to download the source code from our examples.

BC.Next Best Practices with Adam Cook
16th December (17th in AUS) 2014
With so many new features included in BC.Next it's difficult to know the best way to begin. Adam Cook from One Creative will continue his series on BC's best practices by showing how to use some of the new features recently released (BC.Next). Adam will show off best techniques with Liquid, templates, API V3, and much more.

Code Faster: An Introduction to Emmet
23rd December (24th in AUS) 2014
Looking for a tool to make you a faster and more efficient coder? Emmet provides a shortcut language for writing HTML, XML, and CSS, based on an abbreviation structure most developers already use that expands into full-fledged HTML markup and CSS rules. In this demo Brad Lawryk from Auroratec Digital Publishing will give you an introduction to using Emmet with Dreamweaver to write your HTML and CSS quicker.

Full schedule: http://www.bcsandpile.com/_blog/Meeting_Chalkboard/
Sandpile Recordings: http://www.bcsandpile.com/business-catalyst/resources.htm

Cyber December on EZ-BC

Diana Herac Monday, December 01, 2014

Black November deal with 25% off every order was the biggest offer EZ-BC gave since the founding. With it, many partners who took advantage of the deal didn’t want November to end… :(

But there is no way they would allow you get upset during this holiday season!

So, throughout the whole month of December every BC partner will be able to get 30% off every new order with Code Production. We call it "Cyber December Deal”!

To redeem your discount simply enter “CYBER12” code when you submit your next project on Code Production, it will be applied instantly!

Offer ends December 31st, 2015. For more details visit Cyber December on EZ-BC

About EZ-BC

With almost 700 projects developed with Business Catalyst, EZ-BC is a premium BC partner that helps other partners deliver high-quality websites of any complexity by the latest web development standards, in shortest terms possible.

Visit EZ-BC.com for more info.

BC webinar: BC Best Practices

Diana Herac Thursday, November 20, 2014

This month we'll meet Wednesday, November 26, for a webinar that will present the top "BC Best Practices" out there. Our host will be Adam Cook from One Creative.

Up to this point, through the weekly BC Sandpile, Adam did a full series named "BC Best Practices" on a variety of BC topics. Now he will concentrate all that knowledge in one webinar that packs a punch.

You can register for this session here:

If you have any questions or suggestions please do not hesitate to send them over to BCPartner-Team@adobe.com.

See you there!
The Adobe Business Catalyst Team

System update - new anti-spam measures, BC.Next improvements and bug fixes

Cristinel Anastasoaie Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Today, we are releasing a new system update that includes additional anti-spam measures focused to prevent spam on forums as strengthen the measures already available for comments. Additionally, the update includes incremental updates to the BC.Next beta version like custom template support for additional modules or WYSIWYG CSS styles fix.

Additional anti-spam measures

With this release we are continuing the fight against spam, with a focus on preventing forum spam and further enhance the protection for comments. With comments, we noticed that one of the basic and efficient ways to prevent spam is a captcha mechanism, we decided to add this for forums as well. Furthermore, we will be automatically enabling captcha when we detect high volumes of  forums or comments. See the below the detailed list of changes brought by this release: 

  • Enforced captcha for comments - If any BC object (blog post, product, webapp, etc) has more than 300 comments, captcha validation will be turned on; the setting is site wide and users will not be able to disable it; if captcha is enforced, you will need to update all comments form to add captcha module. For more details on how to insert captcha for comments, read this article.
  • Added captcha support for forum posts - users can now enforce captcha for forums from Site Settings > Captcha interface; BC will automatically add the captcha module into forum post form;
  • Enforced captcha for high volume forums - Automatic forum captcha will be enabled if one of the forums on the site has more than100 topics or more than 3000 posts; on these conditions, users will not be able to disable it; the captcha module will be automatically added by BC into the forum post form;
  • Limit forum post size - starting with this release, users will not be able to add forum posts that have more than 5 KB of text. Existing forum posts will not be impacted by the change and the system will continue to display them;
  • Enforced pagination on forums - starting with this release, we will only display the first 100 posts in a topic. If a site has more than 100 posts, partners will need to update the forum layout to add pagination; for that, we've enabled the tag_previouspage and tag_nextpage in the forum posts layout as well;
  • Automatically enable spam detection - additionally, when captcha is enforced due to high volumes of comments or forum posts, the system will also automatically enable the spam detection mechanism (Akismet) for the site

BC.Next improvements and fixes

As with the previous release, the release includes new additions and bug fixes to the BC.Next beta version. This time, we focused on fixing some of the enhancements and problems reported on the beta forum or through customer support. See below a list of fixes included in this release:

  • 3850821 - Fixed a bug in module_webappscount that did not worked when using a category name
  • 837226 - Fixed an issue causing the new WYSIWYG editor to ignore CSS styles referenced through the template;
  • Added custom template support for module_menu (v1), module_blogsitepost (issue #842584) and module_blogpostlist (issue #842581)
  • 821713 - Updated productfeaturelist to prevent <ul> output when using a custom template
  • 3847788 - Fixed an issue causing module_webapps to display the same random items when inserted multiple times in the same page

Additionally, we've updated the beta flags available for the BC.Next version so that customers can have more control over the functionality included in the beta version. Thus, starting with this release partners are able to individually switch on/off the BC.Next engine, the new WYSIWYG editor, the leverage browser caching mechanism and the module syntax (with or without named parameters).

We hope you will enjoy this release and look forward to your feedback.

The Business Catalyst team

Everybody loves Black Friday deals!

Diana Herac Friday, November 14, 2014

The sad thing about it though is that it's only one day and you have to wait until the end of the month. EZ-BC decided not to wait and give a Black Friday experience to all Partners throughout the whole of November!

Get 25% off any new order on Code Production services: PSD to BC, Troubleshoot My Site, Any CMS to BC, Consulting and newly launched Beyond Muse. All you need is to enter “BLACK11” code when you submit your project on Code Production site and your 25% off discount will be applied instantly!

Offer ends November 30th. For more details on this offer visit Black November on EZ-BC

With 600+ projects developed with Business Catalyst, EZ-BC is a premium BC partner that helps other BC partners in delivering high-quality websites of any complexity by the latest web development standards, in shortest terms possible.

Visit EZ-BC.com for more info.

Save 50% on BIG updates to BackupBC

Diana Herac Wednesday, November 12, 2014

For a limited time, BackupBC is offering 50% off their newly-released version 1.5, which includes some of the most highly requested features to their popular backup product:

 Cloud Backups
Now you can save your backups to your website, to your local drive, to your Dropbox and Google Drive accounts.This solves the 250MB upload limit that exists on uploading your backups to your website, so the sky's the limit on your backup size.

White Labeled
BackupBC has been white labeled so your clients will experience backups as a seamless part of your platform. Your clients will never see BackupBC, Business Catalyst or Adobe brands when backup their websites, so your brand is safe!

Setup Wizard
Now that so many great new options are available, BackupBC also added a wizard to make it easy to set up your backup preferences in three quick steps.

Don’t miss their 50% sale! Now through November 30 get BackupBC for all your sites for only $24.50 per site at the BC app store!