This tutorial of the month is important for all Business Catalyst users - new and well-versed. This video focuses on the changes to Business Catalyst brought about by the new BC.Next Rendering Engine – a new way of building sites in Business Catalyst.
Scott Shefler, leading Business Catalyst expert and BC Academe Instructor, has all the information you need to know about BC.Next, in under 10 minutes.
So, what are the new features, and what do you need to know? Here’s a quick overview:
New Rendering Engine
While implementing the new rendering engine, BC made sure that backwards compatibility standards were met. This means that if you are a current BC user and like the way you currently build sites, you can continue to develop and implement them the same way.
Module Tag Improvements
Old tags were a series of parameters separated by commas. This made it difficult to set up modules, and to understand later what the module was outputting. The new tags are a lot more practical and easier to understand. Each parameter is named, making it easier to understand and remember what you’re outputting.
BC Renders in JSON Format
This provides an intuitive way to grab data and manipulate it to your liking.
Liquid Markup Language Support
With Liquid, you are given greater control over what information you want to access, and total freedom to decide how it gets outputted, all in an intuitive and easy-to-understand way.
Suppressing the BC Injected JS/CSS
With BC.Next, you are given the option to disable style sheets and script links that BC has inserted in the page templates. This makes things less confusing during development, and gives the site better Google page speed scores.
New Admin Editor
The new admin editor may not be for everyone – play around with the new features to determine if it’s a fit for your business.
What do you think are the pros and cons of the new rendering engine? Have you used BC.Next, and if so, what has been your experience? Let us know in the comments below, and be sure to check out Scott’s video, BC.Next: What You Need to Know in Under 10 Minutes, for more information and examples about these topics.