Business Catalyst Blog

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. 

* * *

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.

Brand new Custom Templates from Code Production

Roxana Moldovan Monday, July 11, 2016

WHY CUSTOM TEMPLATES?

Two reasons:

1. Nothing extra

Usually, when you buy a template you get a lot of needless pages, features, content, files and code which have to be removed later.

Code Production’s new template solution allows you to just purchase those parts needed for a particular project. That way you don’t have to waste time removing unnecessary parts.

2. No limits for designers - re-skin and then let our developers complete your site

When you purchase a template, along with a setup of the selected pages onto your Partner Portal you also get a full set of PSD files. You can re-skin the purchased PSD’s to match your client's needs (including adding new pages/elements/content). The Code Production team will then supply you with a quote and apply the changes to the template with fast turnaround.

It will be the same developers who developed the template working on your site updates. This means they are working with code they developed, making the whole process efficient and cost effective.

HOW BC PARTNERS USE TEMPLATES

Nowadays, almost everyone uses templates. Primarily for low budget projects, or as a starting point for a larger custom project.

Earlier this month Code Production conducted a survey among their BC Partner clients to find out the biggest challenges which BC Partners face working with templates.

For almost 100 BC Partners who took part in the survey the biggest challenge is this: with templates it’s hard to plan your budget and delivery.

All templates require at least some development involvement. Based on the Code Production’s survey, 66% of BC Partners handle their further development in-house, while 34% outsource.

But no matter what your workflow is you are still at risk of:

  • having limited capabilities in customization;
  • over-paying developers to work in someone else’s code;
  • spending your own extra hours on development, instead of concentrating on sales and management;
  • extra expenses;
  • limiting your ability to accomplish on time.
    Custom Templates is a solution exclusive to Business Catalyst that helps eliminate these risks to a maximum degree.

Get your first Custom Template from Code Production

A universal template that includes everything BC offers with extra modern features needed for an average small to midsize website or the base for a more complex site.

Get template

Design and sell your own custom templates

Are you a designer? Code Production invites creative designers to design custom templates and receive commissions from every sale.

ABOUT CODE PRODUCTION:

Code Production (EZ-BC) is a premium BC partner since 2008 specialized in development services for the BC community. Code Production has completed almost 1,000 Business Catalyst projects with partners around the world.

Yearly plans to continue past July 15th

Magda Neagu Monday, June 27, 2016

Back in March we announced our intention to transition all bi-yearly and yearly plans to monthly, in an effort to streamline our price list and offer more flexibility to our users. 

In the following months our team has been working on enacting this transition as smoothly and pain free for the customers as possible.  As such, we have discontinued the sale of bi-yearly plans and then started to transition them to monthly, as well as planned for the similar yearly transitioning. The transition of bi-yearly plans to monthly is ongoing at this time, and will continue as planned. 

What we have discovered during these months of testing, is that the transition would not be as smooth as we would like it, and could not be performed without actions on the customer side. As we do not want to cause a new disruption to our partners and end customers, we are indefinitely postponing the project in order to research a solution that would have minimum impact on our partners.

When ready, we will provide a minimum of 2 months notice for partners, to allow the change to proceed smoothly and the completion of ongoing projects. For the bi-yearly plans already in transition we will provide our full support to partners and customers to make sure the changes are as smooth as possible. 

We would like to thank you for your understanding with the current changes. We know this is not a project that appeals to many, but hope that we can come up with a solution that would incur minimum disruptions. 

The BC Team. 

Webinar recording: Stop Waiting on Content to Save Your Sanity… and your bottom line

Diana Iliescu Friday, June 17, 2016

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

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 were unable to join us live, check out the webinar recording here: Waiting on Content to Save Your Sanity… and your bottom line.

You can also find the recordings of the past 2 webinars here: Enable Your Clients to Change Website Icons and 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

New templates from BCTemple

Roxana Moldovan Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Often projects require a simple landing page while a new website is being built, an event is being organised or a special service is being offered.

Landing pages still take time to setup, so BCTemple put together 5 new templates that will save you plenty of time!

Each landing page comes with a pre-defined light and dark version as well as some other simple features to get you going.

JUST FIVE?

For now. BCTemple are in the process of building plenty more as well as a whole new category of templates that will be released later in the year.

WHAT DOES IT COST?

The marketing templates are exclusive items for BCTemple Members so you can only install them if you’ve signed up for a Temple Membership.

A Temple Membership costs $99 for a year of access – which currently gets you 12 templates with instant 24/7 self-installations on all data centres, plus discounts on customizations.

Join the temple!

WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING?

The older templates are being updated with new technologies and frameworks, as well as BC features like liquid. There are also some new full-scale templates in production that BCTemple think you’ll love.

ABOUT BCTEMPLE

BCTemple are a premium Business Catalyst template provider with 100’s of members enjoying the low-cost benefits of easy to use, pre-built templates and experienced support staff.

 

Register now for tomorrow's BC webinar: Stop Waiting on Content to Save Your Sanity… and your bottom line

Diana Iliescu Tuesday, June 14, 2016

This month we'll meet Wednesday June 15th (US) / Thursday June 16th (AU) with Michael Sallander to discuss how to stay on top of the content and requirements for custom website builds on BC.

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.

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

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-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