Business Catalyst Blog

BC Webinar: BC.Next explained…. Partner to Partner

Diana Herac Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Business Catalyst Engineers join forces with Pretty Digital in a tell-all live webinar discussing what’s coming in the new look Business Catalyst. In this webinar, senior BC Partner Pretty Digital demo’s what can be done with BC.NEXT and why BC.NEXT is going to change the way we build BC websites.

Don’t get left behind. This is one technology you’re going to want to adopt fast” – Brett Stockley, Pretty Digital

 Don't forget to register here:

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

The Adobe Business Catalyst Team

Scheduled system maintenance on EU datacenter - July 20th 2014

Cristinel Anastasoaie Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Scheduled system maintenance on EU datacenter - July 19th 2014

Updated: Maintenance has been moved to Sunday, July 20th

To ensure the highest levels of performance and reliability, we've scheduled a database server upgrade on our EU AWS data center. To minimize the customer impact, the upgrade is scheduled at the most convenient hours for the region and will take up to 4 hours to complete. During the maintenance procedure, creating and updating content, Partner registration, trial site creation, publish from Muse, sFTP, APIs and some site admin sections will not be available on all data centers. Additionally, all sites on the EU data center will experience a 10 minutes downtime sometimes during the maintenance window. Except for the scheduled 10 minutes downtime, the website front-ends will not be impacted by the maintenance.

Maintenance schedule:

  • Start date and time: Saturday, July 20th, 4:00 AM UTC (check data center times)
  • Duration: We are targeting a 4 hours maintenance window

Customer impact:

  • Partner registration, Trial site creation Muse Publish, APIs, FTP and some admin section will not be available through the entire maintenance window
  • All websites and services on EU data center will experience a 10 minutes downtime sometimes within the maintenance window on all data centers
  • Creating or updating content (including images and other file types) on the impacted sites will be unavailable during the maintenance procedure on the EU data center

For up to date information about system status, check the Business Catalyst System Status page. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by these service interruptions. Please make sure that your customers and team members are made aware of these important updates.

Thank you for your understanding and support,

The Adobe Business Catalyst Team

Brass Tacks July webinar recording

Diana Herac Tuesday, July 15, 2014

This July, at Brass Tacks, Liam Dilley and Brett Stockley from Pretty talked about BC.Next, one of the most important releases in Business Catalyst history.

They covered some key aspects on:

  • Liquid Markup
  • JSON Output
  • Additional REST APIs
  • New Admin Editor
  • Open Platform
  • New rendering engine

You can access the recording here

Since we still have a lot to cover, we'll continue the discussion on BC.Next through the following Brass Tacks webinars so stay tuned and don't forget to register!

The Adobe Business Catalyst Team

Welcome the BC.Next first public Beta release

Cristinel Anastasoaie Thursday, July 03, 2014

We're happy to introduce the first public beta release of the next generation of the Business Catalyst platform. As we've highlighted in our release announcement, this release will change the way Partners create sites on Business Catalyst by introducing several major updates to the core platform:

  1. Enhanced rendering engine and mark-up language
  2. Data accessibility and output
  3. Improved editing experience

While these changes have been already filtered in a closed alpha program, we are eager to share them with the entire partner community and have them fine tuned before having them pushed on production. If you're looking for easier methods to create sites, access or display data, or just a better content editing experience, you should take a look at this release.

Getting started

Eager to check out the new features? Here is how you can get started:

  1. Visit http://alpha.businesscatalyst.com/
  2. Sign-up with a new Adobe ID
  3. Create your first trial site; as a starting point, to give you some hints, we've created the "universalis-liquid" template with liquid mark-up included
  4. Visit the beta section of our developer reference site to access getting started and reference guides
  5. Start coding on your new trial sites
  6. Give us feedback on the developer forum

Important notes:

  • For this beta program, DO NOT USE your existing Adobe ID. Please create a new one so that you don't mix your production sites with beta sites. While you can sign-in using your regular Adobe ID, you risk of managing production sites together with beta sites which might lead to unexpected results. We do not provide support for the sites created under the beta program. Furthermore, these sites might be disabled and their data/content might be deleted at any time.
  • Do not upgrade sites created on the alpha environment, or use any features that otherwise you wouldn't use on a production site.
  • This first release has some known issues and limitations compared to the production release; please check the developer forum for more details.

How-to's and reference guides

Once passed the initial steps, you might want to check these how-to guides before digging deeper into the new stuff:

As you start using liquid, you might also want to bookmark the beta reference guides:

If you're looking for other training materials, please use the developer forum to give us feedback on what else we should provide to help partners get started.

Providing feedback

Use the developer forum to find information about the beta features, get answers to your questions or request new features and updates. The engineering team will closely monitor this forum and be involved in the discussions.

What's next

While having this release public marks an important milestone, we're not there yet and we'll continue to improve it and refine it within the next few months. Here are just a few things yet to be released or improved:

  • Enable liquid for the remaining overall layouts; currently only shop, blog, news and web apps are supported
  • Enable liquid for the remaining modules
  • Updated module manager to support the new module syntax and module_json
  • Updated pages and templates admin interfaces to fully support the .json.html 
  • Add browse for template feature in module manager
  • Fine tune the 1-Click insert and CSS class selector features in the new admin editor
  • Add drag & drop file and image upload support in the new admin editor
  • Updated ICE editor - while this is included in the current beta, it's more a proof of concept for now

Looking forward to your first impressions,

The Adobe Business Catalyst Team.

BC Sandpile - July meetings

Diana Herac Thursday, July 03, 2014

As usual, you can find below this month's Sandpile schedule:

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, 10am

Case Study: A BC Audio Training Site
8th June (9th in AUS) 2014
TheVoiceCafe.net, a site developed by Lindsey Lawson and BC Partner Katie Zulanas, facilitates learning new accents. Actors and Business people throughout the world are able to sign up for "passports" (secure zones) to hear and practice whatever english speaking accent they wish to study. Most recently, a "record" widget was added to allow users to hear what their practice sounds like.
Details: http://thri.se/VFFW8x

The Sandpile Spam Experiment
15th July (16th in AUS) 2014
In this Sandpile we're going to present some methods several Sandpile members are considering or actually using to combat spam. We're going to load those methods into some test forms on the Sandpile website and run an experiment for a couple of months to see which method seems to be most effective at managing spam. We'll report the results back to the group in a future Sandpile.
Details: http://thri.se/VFG5Jb

Open Business Catalyst Discussion
22nd July (23rd in AUS) 2014
If you were around when BC Sandpile first started you will remember that we were all about open and honest conversations focused on Business Catalyst. It was simple, valuable, and fun. We are going back to our roots with an open meeting. No presentations. No pitches. Just simple Partner-to-Partner discussions.
Details: http://thri.se/VFGgEd

Building and Marketing Food & Restaurant Websites 
29th July (30th in AUS) 2014
In this second of our series on focused industry discussions, we will be looking at best practices for building and then marketing Food and Restaurant Websites. This of course does cover a wide range - from Pubs with big menu and functions offerings, to small cafes and well established restaurants. There are also many food related businesses and add on services such as catering and prepared meals.
Details: http://thri.se/VFGpI3

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

Scheduled system maintenance on EU datacenter - July 7th 2014

Cristinel Anastasoaie Thursday, July 03, 2014

To ensure the highest levels of performance and reliability, we've scheduled a database server upgrade on our EU AWS data center. To minimize the customer impact, the upgrade is scheduled at the most convenient hours for the region and will take up to 4 hours to complete. During the maintenance procedure, creating and updating content, Partner registration, trial site creation, publish from Muse, sFTP, APIs and some site admin sections will not be available on all data centers. Additionally, all sites on the EU data center will experience a 10 minutes downtime sometimes during the maintenance window. Except for the scheduled 10 minutes downtime, the website front-ends will not be impacted by the maintenance.

Maintenance schedule:

  • Start date and time: Monday, July 7th, 3:00 AM UTC (check data center times)
  • Duration: We are targeting a 4 hours maintenance window

Customer impact:

  • Partner registration, Trial site creation Muse Publish, APIs, FTP and some admin section will not be available through the entire maintenance window
  • All websites and services on EU data center will experience a 10 minutes downtime sometimes within the maintenance window
  • Creating or updating content on the impacted sites will be unavailable during the maintenance procedure

For up to date information about system status, check the Business Catalyst System Status page. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by these service interruptions. Please make sure that your customers and team members are made aware of these important updates.

Thank you for your understanding and support,

The Adobe Business Catalyst Team

Episode 38 of the BC Podcast - What’s Coming: BC.next

Brent Weaver Friday, June 27, 2014

The BC team recently announced several large upcoming platform improvements and features due to release in beta later this summer:

  • Liquid Rendering, JSON, New Editing Capabilities and Increased Performance
  • New Module/Tag Syntax, Liquid Templating and Improved Rendering Performance
  • Access All BC Data: JSON Output Everywhere, More REST APIs
  • New Admin Editor

I decided to grab two of my senior developer minds to get a read on what all is possible once these features hit the platform.

Without ruining the podcast—the answer is: a lot, lot more. Between these developments and the release of Open Platform earlier this year, BC is truly becoming one of the most flexible hosted platforms.

Don’t forget that this month, Bootstrap Builder is the App of the Month and Scott over at Thrise has been so kind to offer a limited time discount. Get it while you can.

Tune in for Episode 38 of the Business Catalyst podcast! In this episode we talk about Liquid, JSON, modules, rendering engines, and a deep dive into a few technical rabbit holes around what’s going to soon be possible.

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:

  • Brian Lowry explains Liquid in plain english (well, at least as much as a developer can)
  • Erick Stubbs admits that this might be the biggest release he’s seen in his 6 year BC tenure (yeah, he’s an old timer)
  • And much more

Join the Podcast! Do you have something you want to announce to the BC community? I want to hear about it (brent@bcgurus.com).

Until next time,
Brent Weaver

BC.Next webinar recording

Diana Herac Thursday, June 26, 2014

Thanks to those of you who attended our BC webinar - BC.Next with Lucian Cozma and Cristinel Anastasoaie from Business Catalyst. 

The webinar focused on the next releases of Business Catalyst which includes a series of big changes that will streamline your work and expand BC's capabilities.

If you were unable to join us live, check out the BC.Next Webinar recording to find out more about:

  • new module syntax
  • server side logic support with liquid
  • open data access using JSON output
  • new admin editor
  • improved REST API engine

If you haven't been here for a while, you might also want to take a look at the previous two webinars as well:

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.

Thank you and hope to see you in the next webinar.

The Adobe Business Catalyst Team

Brass Tacks-July webinar

Diana Herac Thursday, June 26, 2014


BC.NEXT is going to change the way we build BC websites.

There's been a lot of buzz and excitement in the Business Catalyst Partner Community around BC.NEXT.

BC.NEXT is the biggest announcement of new features to the CMS in a long time.

  • Liquid Markup
  • JSON Output
  • Additional REST APIs
  • New Admin Editor
  • Open Platform
  • New rendering engine:
    • New Caching System
    • Named parameters for module tags

BC.NEXT is going to change the way we build BC websites, allowing us to build powerful, versatile website, without the need for JS hacks, workarounds and silly roadblocks.

  • So what does it mean for me, the BC Partner?
  • Why are these new releases so powerful?
  • I don't understand exactly what’s coming!
  • Will I need further training?

Pretty answers all your questions and breaks down the technology in a webinar aimed at BC Partners eager to stay abreast of changes. From beginner to advanced, we'll cover it all.

  • Australia (Sydney) – Thursday 10th July at 10am
  • USA (San Francisco) – Wednesday 9th July at 5pm
  • USA (New York Time) – Wednesday 9th July at 8pm
  • UK (London) – Thursday 10th July at 1am

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Hosted by Liam Dilley - (having contributed valuable input to the BC Engineers, Liam’s able to answer your questions and explain the technology).

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App of the month: Bootstrap Builder

Diana Herac Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Introducing Bootstrap Builder

The Bootstrap Builder app allows you to control many of the styles and features of the Bootstrap framework without manually coding in the css and javascript files. It offers you full-control over which Bootstrap components are added to the front-end. All of css and javascript files are dynamically optimized and minimized during publishing to reduce front-end load time.

Less and CSS

The Bootstrap Builder app allows you to leverage the power of Less, the popular CSS pre-processor. Less extends the CSS language, adding features that allow variables, mixins, functions and many other techniques so you can make CSS that is more maintainable, themable and extendable.

Bootstrap Builder lets you...

  • Change colors using an easy-to-use color picker.
  • Easily customize Bootstrap styles.
  • Include/exclude unused css and javascript to improve front-end loading time.
  • Leverage Less to improve style management.
  • Reduce errors with built-in error checker.
  • Install to any BC site plan.

Impressed? Buy the Bootstrap Builder from the BC app store today!

About the Developer

Thrise, founded by Scott B Reynolds, is a BC Expert specializing in Business Catalyst App development. Scott is a Business Catalyst partner advisory board member, an Adobe Community Professional, and a BC Sandpile organizer. He often presents on topics ranging from responsive web design to advanced Business Catalyst integration.

The Adobe Business Catalyst Team