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AID BC's Hands-on BC Training Program powered by dashbee

Diana Herac Saturday, February 02, 2013

Introducing the first hands-on training: AID BC powered by dashbee.

Make the most of your Adobe Business Catalyst website and online business with our hands-on, in-person two day course. You will be provided with a laptop (or bring your own) to work on a demo website so your fingers can learn along with your brain! In addition to the hands-on course, each day also includes one-on-one time with the instructor so you can use the skills you learned on your specific BC site.

Business Catalyst is updated regularly, so even experienced users may not be aware of some of the new time saving features. The more you know about the platform, the more you can use it to grow your online business.

After taking our BC Essential course you, you will be better able to:

  • Keep your content updated and Search engine friendly
  • Stay in touch with clients using Email Marketing
  • Generate leads
  • Grow your online store
  • Track results to see what's working and what needs updating

The instructors are experienced BC developers who have developed hundreds of BC sites for a wide range of industries and clients.

Register now!

The first course offered will be at Adobe's offices in San Francisco, February 26-27, 2013. You can save $200 by using the early bird pricing of $395 (per day). Regular pricing of $495 goes into effect on February 8th. Space is limited. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

BC Partners:
AID BC is offering a generous referral fee for any of your clients that you wish to get trained. It’s a fact that users who are trained, tend to stay with BC longer. There are also discounts available for BC partners who would like to have their staff take the training course and learn more about BC. Contact AID BC for more details.

We look forward to seeing you or your BC clients at the first class!

Catch the first episode of the BC Podcast for 2013!

Jackson Palmer Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Listen to our first episode for 2013! Get a recap of our latest system update, hear from BC ninja Liam Dilley, and stay tuned for our brain-teasing quiz question.

Listen to this month's podcast:

Simply click the play button below to stream the podcast via your browser.

player

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

To subscribe and receive the BC Podcast each month, you can find us on the iTunes store here or by simply searching "BC Podcast" from iTunes.

In January's Episode :

Until next time,
Jackson.

Business Catalyst scheduled maintenance

Magda Neagu Friday, January 25, 2013

To ensure the highest security and performance levels for our services, we're applying a hardware and software update on servers located in our Dublin, New Jersey and Sydney datacenters. To minimize the customer impact, the updates are scheduled at the most convenient hours for the region and will take up to eight hours to complete.
During the maintenance procedure the Admin Console Access, Partner Portal, FTP, Dreamweaver extension, Muse, Business Catalyst APIs, Partner registration and Trial site creation will experience 2 service interruptions of up to 30 minutes each (first one at the beginning and the second at the end), impacting sites on ALL datacenters.
Additionally, throughout the maintenance procedure, website front-ends for sites located in the respective Datacenter that have heavy database usage my experience service interruptions of maximum 5 minutes.
Please find below the maintenance schedule and the list of affected services:

Start of maintenance Duration Datacenter Customer impact
February 2nd , 2013,  02:00 – 10:00 PST (12:00 GMT+02) 8 hours New Jersey
  • 2 x 30 minutes service interruptions for Admin Console Access, Partner Portal, FTP, Dreamweaver extension, Muse, Business Catalyst APIs, Partner registration, Trial site creation; this will impact sites on all datacenters
    • Several intermittent website front-end interruptions for some sites on New Jersey datacenter
February 9th,  2013, 02:00 – 07:00 PST 5 hours Dublin
  • 2 x 30 minutes service interruptions for Admin Console Access, Partner Portal, FTP, Dreamweaver extension, Muse, Business Catalyst APIs, Partner registration, Trial site creation; this will impact sites on all datacenters
    • Several intermittent website front-end interruptions for some sites on Dublin datacenter
February 23 2013, 02:00 – 10:00 PST  8 hours  Sydney
  • 2 x 30 minutes service interruptions for Admin Console Access, Partner Portal, FTP, Dreamweaver extension, Muse, Business Catalyst APIs, Partner registration, Trial site creation; this will impact sites on all datacenters
    • Several intermittent website front-end interruptions for some sites on Sydney datacenter

For up to date information about system status, check the Business Catalyst System Status page.
We apologize for any inconveniences generated by these service interruptions. Please make sure that your customers and team members are aware of these important updates.
Thank you for your understanding and support,
The Adobe Business Catalyst Team

Register now: Upcoming Google Engage training for Australian BC Partners!

Jackson Palmer Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Google Engage for Agencies

Last month, we introduced Australian BC Partners to the Google Engage program for agencies - a free training program that helps web designers, web developers and digital marketers just like you master AdWords and other Google products, so that you can help your clients and customers succeed online.

One of the great benefits of signing up for Engage is access to exclusive Engage Bootcamp training events. You can view the full schedule of upcoming events here.

As Business Catalyst Partners and Google Engage members, you'll receive a massive discount on the ticket price for Engage Bootcamp events.

Join today

It only takes 5 minutes, and it's free - www.google.com.au/ads/engage/

The regular approval process can take 3 - 5 days, however Adobe Business Catalyst customers (that’s you) will receive expedited processing of their application within 24 hours.

Once registered and approved, simply visit this page to view and register for upcoming Engage Bootcamp events, and you'll instantly receive your exclusive discount.

 

We recommend that all Australian Partners take advantage of this exciting program from Google. So make sure you register and book your spot at an Engage Bootcamp event today.

We're also working with the Google team worldwide to roll this partnership out across regions such as the US, so stay tuned!
The Adobe Business Catalyst Team

Business Catalyst System Maintenance on January 24th and 25th

Magda Neagu Wednesday, January 23, 2013

As part of our constant work to update and improve our systems, we are announcing two scheduled updates for Thursday, 24th of January and Friday, 26th of January.

The time for the updates is as follows:

  • Maintenance Start time Thursday, 24-01-2013 20:00 AEDT (GMT +11)
  • Maintenance End time Thursday, 24-01-2013 21:00 AEDT (GMT +11)
  • Maintenance Start time Friday, 25-01-2013 20:00 AEDT (GMT +11)
  • Maintenance End time Friday, 25-01-2013 21:00 AEDT (GMT +11)

Systems or features affected:
We are doing our best to ensure continuity of service, however during the maintenance window customers may experience intermittent degradation of 10-15 mins. for any service if their sites are hosted in our Sydney data center, as well as intermittent degradation of 10-15 mins. only for backend services if their sites are hosted in our New Jersey or Dublin data centers.
 
We sincerely apologize for any inconveniences generated by these service interruptions.

January 2013 System Update - Fresh UI improvements, Web App enhancements and more

Jackson Palmer Monday, January 14, 2013

January 2013 System Update

We’re excited to bring you all the details of our first system update for 2013, due go live next week. Our January update includes a bunch of great enhancements, including many of the exciting features you've seen over the past few months in beta, now being ready for everyday use by your clients.

Please take the time to read through the new features, enhancements and relevant documentation below, so you and your clients are prepared and able to take advantage of these new improvements. For a more technical and in-depth list of features/bugs being delivered, read the release notes post on the BC Forums.

New feature highlights

New persistent ribbon UI

A new, persistent navigation ribbon

We’ve updated the Admin V3 navigation ribbon for ease-of-use and to make it easier for new users to understand. The new ribbon can persist even when you’re visiting the front-end of your website, and contain the following modes:

  • Preview (a new mode, for previewing the front-end of your site)
  • Manage (formerly “Site Manager”)
  • Content (formerly “Site Editor”)
  • Develop (formerly “File Manager”)

As part of this update, we’re also bringing the new “File Manager” out of alpha and renaming it “Develop” mode. In addition to editing your HTML/CSS/JS files via this mode, but you can now also set Page Properties for your site. To navigate to your Partner Portal, simply hover over your site name.

UPDATE: Due to some existing restrictions, in order to make the navigation ribbon persistent in front-end, you will need to activate this option from your Partner Portal/Settings tab. Please read more details on this issue in this article on our forum.

A range of Web App enhancements

Web App enhancements

Based on a lot of valuable feedback from the Partner community, we’ve added several enhancements to our Web Apps feature. As of this system update, you’ll be able to:

  • Render a custom page when accessing the root URL of a Web App. For example, if you have a “blog” Web App, the items can be made accessible at /blog/my-blog-post, and you’ll have the ability to customize the /blog page 
  • Render Web App items inside a sub-folder, such as /folder/subfolder/webapp-name. For example, you could have /blog/authors/bogdan (where Bogdan is the Web App item name)
  • Instruct BC to not display or index the Web App items of a specific Web App. Today, all Web App item’s URLs can be indexed by search engines. For example, /states/california should throw a 4040 page

Stay tuned for more exciting Web App updates in the near future.  

Features moving out of beta

Email marketing list filtering

We’re bringing this great feature out of beta, while introducing a range of new list filters. For full details on this feature, see our previous release notes.

Inventory control for products

After extensive testing and integrating the great feedback from the Partner community, we’re finally bringing Product Inventory Control out of beta.

For full details on this feature, please refer to this forum article.

SEO Metadata for pages

SEO Metadata interface

With this upcoming system update, we’re also bringing our enhanced SEO Metadata tool out of beta. We'll automatically enable the new interface for all sites that don't require migration and newly created sites. If you don't see the new interface, you need to manually run the migration process by visiting Site Settings > Beta Features > SEO Page Interface, and clicking “Go to the migration page”. Read more about this feature here.

Other improvements/enhancements

Admin V3 default for all Partners and UI improvements

Beginning with this release, we’ll be making Admin V3 the default user interface for all Partners, with the ability to switch back to the older V2 interface from the User Details dropdown menu.

We’re giving you 3 months to train and make sure your clients are migrated over to using the new V3 Admin interface, before making it the default interface for all users starting with our April/early-May system update.

You'll notice the team have made a great deal of minor enhancements across the board inside Admin V3 - including tweaks to UI spacing, list views and persistence when switching between an item's detailed view and back to a list view. For example, if you switching back from editing a product to the Products list view, the Admin will now remember the page of products you were viewing.

Streamlined email marketing editing experience

In line with our on-going beta development of the email marketing editing experience, with this system update you’ll notice that we've introduced a new editor and also moved the “Subject” field to the “Content” step of the wizard, for easier reference and editing.

We've also integrated the fantastic Redactor editor in place of our existing WYSIWYG editor, for editing Email Campaign content. If you've enabled the "Visual, in-context editing" beta feature via Site Settings > Beta Features, you'll be able to see the new editor in action. We're planning to roll this change out across all sections of Business Catalyst in our coming updates.

SPAM and Security improvements

With this update, we're updating our SPAM management feature to not send comment workflow emails when a comment is marked as SPAM - keeping your inbox clean.

We're also turning on our Secure Redirect feature for all websites, to ensure a secure experience for your website and it's visitors. If you would like to redirect visitors to external websites from your site, you should add them under Site Settings > Secure Domain Redirection.

 

We hope that you and your clients love this month’s system update. Stay tuned for even more product news in the near future via the BC Blog.

BC Sandpile - January meetings

Diana Herac Monday, January 07, 2013

BC Sandpile is a weekly online meeting run by Business Catalyst Partners for the purpose of sharing ideas, best practices, and networking.

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, 12pm

January 8th (9th in AUS):
Madonna C. Mendoza from Konsum Technologies will walk us through a cloud-based Hotel Management System integrated into Adobe Business Catalyst using API.
http://www.bcsandpile.com/_blog/Meeting_Chalkboard/post/api-case-study-madonna-c-mendoza/

January 15th (16th in AUS):
Scott Thomas and Kristen Lindsey from Apokrisis LLC will provide an overview of implementing a content-centric SEO marketing strategy for Business Catalyst clients.
http://www.bcsandpile.com/_blog/Meeting_Chalkboard/post/content-centric-seo-marketing-strategy/

January 22nd (23rd in AUS):
Paul Ridoutt from The Bowery will describe the planning and strategy behind one of their recently launched ecommerce projects.
http://www.bcsandpile.com/_blog/Meeting_Chalkboard/post/ecommerce-case-study-paul-ridoutt/

January 29th (30th in AUS):
Brett Stockley from Pretty Pollution joins the Sandpile again to talk about ways they use Business Catalyst to achieve great results for their clients.
http://www.bcsandpile.com/_blog/Meeting_Chalkboard/post/marketing-brett-stockley/

Full schedule: http://www.bcsandpile.com/_blog/Meeting_Chalkboard/

Listen: Final episode of the BC Podcast for 2012!

Jackson Palmer Thursday, December 20, 2012

Our final episode for 2012. Get a recap of our recent end-of-year Partner events, learn about the new businesscatalyst.com site, and hear a handy business tip from Brendon O'Sullivan!

Listen to this month's podcast:

Simply click the play button below to stream the podcast via your browser.

player

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

To subscribe and receive the BC Podcast each month, you can find us on the iTunes store here or by simply searching "BC Podcast" from iTunes.

In December's Episode :

See you in 2013!
Jackson.

Photos: End-of-year Partner Events

Jackson Palmer Thursday, December 20, 2012

We've just wrapped up series of great end-of-year BC Partner parties across the globe. A big thanks to everyone who was able to make it their nearest event, and to the Partners who helped in organizing these parties.

There were a total of 7 sponsored events, and you can view some fantastic photos from them by clicking the links below. If you took any photos yourself or held your own event, make sure you share a link in the comments section below.

Thanks, and happy holidays!
Jackson.

Chicago

 


Sydney (plus, a 2nd album)

New England

 


Melbourne


Denver

 


St Louis


Albuquerque