Business Catalyst Blog

BC.Next Partner to Partner webinar recording

Diana Herac Friday, August 01, 2014

Thanks to those of you who attended our July BC webinar - BC.Next explained... Partner to Partner with Brett Stockley and Liam Dilley from Pretty Digital.

In this webinar, Pretty Digital demoed a few things that can be achieved with BC.NEXT and why BC.NEXT is going to change the way BC websites are built.

If you were unable to join us live, check out the webinar recording to find out more about:

  • Liquid Markup
  • JSON Output
  • Named parameters for module tags

If you also missed the previous sessions, you can find the recordings below:

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

Scheduled system maintenance on AU datacenter - August 3rd 2014

Cristinel Anastasoaie Thursday, July 31, 2014

To ensure the highest levels of performance we will be updating file servers located in our Australia data center. To minimize the customer impact, the update is scheduled at the most convenient hours for the region and will take up to one hour to complete. During the maintenance procedure, publish from Muse, sFTP,  and File Uploads will experience a 30 minutes downtime. Additionally, the site indexing services will not run for approximately 10 hours starting 8 hours before the update window. The website front-ends will not be impacted by the maintenance.

Maintenance schedule:

  • Start date and time: Sunday, August 3rd, 00:00 AM AEST (check datacenter times)
  • Duration: We are targeting a 30 minutes maintenance window

Customer impact:

  • Muse Publish, sFTP, File Uploads, Site replication and some admin section will experience service interruptions
  • Updated site indexes will be available at 2:30 AM AEST

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

Join Business Catalyst @ MAX 2014

Cristinel Anastasoaie Tuesday, July 29, 2014

We're happy to announce the Business Catalyst sessions and events at this year's Adobe MAX conference. This year is all about our latest releases and how partners can use these new features to deliver powerful more functionality for their customers. As always, attending MAX is a great opportunity to network with your fellow designers, developers and BC Partners.

View the agenda below, which includes a range of dedicated BC sessions and a BC Unconference catering to both new and experienced Partners. For session descriptions and times, check out the official Adobe MAX scheduler here.

Top Reasons to Attend MAX 2014

  1. Learn how you can get the most out of Business Catalyst Open Admin and BC.Next initiatives
  2. Get some hands-on training on liquid, new module syntax and REST APIs
  3. Expand your horizons and open up new business opportunities by networking with like-minded designers, developers and Partners
  4. Meet the team and have a drink on us - we'll be running a series of events where you can sit down with the people behind BC to discuss your thoughts and concerns.

To get your hands on a conference pass, make sure you visit the MAX website and register today!

Also, don't forget to attend our social event on Sunday 5 October. The event kicks off at 5:30pm and runs until late. Drinks and appetizers on us!

BC Sessions @ MAX 2014 Full Agenda

Sunday, 5 October

  • 5:30pm - Partner drinks with the Business Catalyst team

Monday, 6 October

  • 1:00 pm - The Business Catalyst Unconference co hosted with BC Sandpile

Tuesday, 7 October

  • 8:30am - Delivering Custom Web Applications Using Business Catalyst with Radu Cosnita

Wednesday, 8 October

  • 3:30pm - Creating Personalized Web Experiences with Business Catalyst with Lucian Cozma & Liam Dilley from Pretty

We look forward to seeing you at MAX 2014!

Episode 39 of the BC Podcast - New BC Manager at uGurus

Brent Weaver Monday, July 28, 2014

We’ve expanded our team at uGurus with the goal of continuing to deliver excellent products at BCGurus.com and BCAppStore. The newest edition to our team, Adam Ladrach, will be spearheading our expanded work in the Business Catalyst market.

On this month’s podcast, Adam and I talk about what brought him to BC, where he sees the biggest opportunity, and we also talk about what he enjoys to do in his spare time.

In addition, I reveal the two new Business Catalyst sessions at Adobe MAX coming up this fall:

Don’t forget that this month, Pretty Stock Viewer is the featured app over at BCAppStore.com.

Tune in for Episode 39 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:

  • Brent announces the official Business Catalyst MAX sessions
  • Interviews the new uGurus BC Manager Adam Ladrach

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

App of the month: Stock Viewer App

Diana Herac Thursday, July 24, 2014

Do you need full control of your Inventory in your Business Catalyst Ecommerce website?

Keeping track of stock levels in your Business Catalyst Shopping Cart can be a challenge. And getting greater control of stock management can save time, increase efficiency and lead to better sales / less overhead.

Pretty Digital clients were asking for a better stock control solution, so they built a powerful tool that’s relevant and helpful to any Business Catalyst website that’s using the Ecommerce module. They’ll love having better access to product data in a simple, fast and easy to use interface.

Features:

  • Easy management of your stock levels
  • A simple powerful interface for viewing stock levels and more
  • View products that are currently on Pre Order
  • An Export function to allow better control over creating customised export files
  • Colour coding for ease of use
  • Filtering and search features
  • No training needed

Get the APP Now

Read more about Pretty Digital

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.

We'll meet Wednesday, July 30th for a Partner to Partner webinar that will cover:

  • Liquid Markup
  • JSON Output
  • Named parameters for module tags

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

You can 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

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