Business Catalyst Blog

April 10th 2013 Partner Orientation Webinar recording

Diana Iliescu Monday, April 15, 2013

Thanks to those of you who attended our orientation webinars last week.

If you were unable to join us live, you can access the recordings below:

Also, don't forget to register for our two upcoming webinars:

Wed, May 15th: Adding value to clients by upselling products & services with Brendon O'Sullivan from Bosweb

Wed, June 12th: Online Marketing with Brett Stockley from PrettyPollution

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)

If you have any questions or suggestions please do not hesitate to send them over to We will be happy to answer all your inquiries.

Thank you and hope to see you in next month’s webinar.

*15% discount coupon applies for new site upgrades on any yearly/biyearly desired plan. Coupon validity: 31-Jul-2013, only available for the webinars’ attendees.

Announcing our April system update - Blog SEO improvements, optimized site import tool and more

Jackson Palmer Thursday, April 11, 2013

April 2013 System Update

We’re happy to announce the details of our upcoming April system update, scheduled to be deployed April 22, 2013. This release includes highly anticipated SEO updates to our blogging module, an optimized site import feature inside the Partner Portal, and more.

For a detailed list of included improvements, including bug fixes, please refer to our official release notes post on the community forums.

Feature highlights

Blog SEO improvements
Based on valuable Partner feedback, we’re implemented several SEO improvements that you can take advantage of when using our built-in blog module. These updates include:

  • Ability to fully edit blog and blog post URLs
  • Option to migrate blogs to SEO friendly URLs, removing the “_blog” in your URLs (see below)
  • Dedicated user interface and tags to specify and display blog post metadata (title and description)
  • Support for additional, custom metadata inside the blog post detail layout (eg. Facebook “og:title”)

Existing sites are required to enable the new SEO friendly URLs for blogs under Modules > Blogs inside the Admin Console:

Optimized site import feature
We’ve optimized and reinstated the popular “Site import” option when creating new BC sites via your Partner Portal.

You can access the site import tool by simply clicking “Create site”, selecting the option and then entering your desired URL from your Partner Portal.

Please note that in addition to the existing 50mb limit, we've now imposed a cap of 100 pages that can be imported at once, to avoid any performance issues.

Other improvements

Spam protection engine improvements
As part of our on-going effort to combat spam across BC sites, we’ve introduced several new anti-spam measures for comments including enforcing a minimum comment length before the comment is sent to Akismet, and introducing a minimum number of URLs per comment before considering it spam.

Google Maps API updates
We’ve upgraded our Web App mapping feature to utilize the latest version of the Google Map API.

If you’ve set up this feature and generated an API key in the past 2 years, this upgrade will be seamless. If your site’s integration is older than 2 years however, action is required on your behalf. Please see this blog post for details on generating a new API key for your sites.

Workflow enhancements for Creative Cloud members
As freelancers or agencies, many BC Partners also have a Creative Cloud membership, which includes 5 webBasics sites. We’re enabling Partners to better take advantage of these sites, with several requested workflow improvements:

  • You can now delete trial sites created via Creative Cloud
  • webBasics sites redeemed from Creative Cloud can now be upgraded to higher Business Catalyst site plans
  • Dashboard improvements for Creative Cloud sites

Updates to beta InContext editor
We’ve made several updates to the new InContext editor, released in beta as part of our last system update. These improvements include:

  • Support for templates
  • Ability to allow ice:editable=”html” on links (ie. the A tag)
  • Support for section reordering (moving up/down)
  • Support for editing Modules

You can enable the new editor from your Admin Console under Site Settings > Beta Features. Once enabled, the new editor will be shown under the “Content” editing section of the Admin Console.

Important note

As announced in our recent townhall meetings, we will be decommissioning our recently launched beta analytics engine as part of our upcoming migration to Amazon Web Services. This is due to a compatibility issue with the new cloud infrastructure we’re moving the Business Catalyst platform to.

Sites that have activated the beta analytics engine will be seamlessly rolled back to the regular analytics engine, and no action is required on your behalf.

We hope you enjoy this upcoming system update and look forward to any feedback you might have in the comments section below.
The Adobe Business Catalyst Team.

Townhall recordings

Magda Neagu Friday, April 05, 2013

Hi everybody, 

For those of you who could not make it to the live sessions yesterday, here are the links to the recordings from the Townhalls. The topics we discussed were:

  • Release notes from our March release
  • Google maps API changes
  • Beta Analytics Engine 
  • Infrastructure updates
  • Upcoming webinars

To whatch the recordings please see below the two links:

Enjoy the recordings and for any questions please let us know. 

Business Catalyst is moving to the cloud

Magda Neagu Wednesday, April 03, 2013

As we kick off 2013, we’ve come together as a team to plan for the future of Business Catalyst and align ourselves further with Adobe’s Creative Cloud. After a productive few weeks of meetings internally and with several members of our Partner Advisory Board, we’d like to share our plans for upcoming important infrastructure changes that impact Business Catalyst.

A solid foundation in the cloud

Adobe is investing it’s future in the evolution of traditional software with the revolutionary Creative Cloud. Something that goes hand-in-hand with this commitment is ensuring that all products and services are running on and backed by the same reliable cloud infrastructure.

In the coming months, we will be focusing our attention on transitioning the Business Catalyst platform from our existing data centers over to this new cloud infrastructure. Based on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud computing platform, this infrastructure will ensure increased stability, reliability and scalability as the number of sites hosted with Business Catalyst grows into the future. If you are familiar with AWS yourself, you’ll also know this means even faster load times and higher quality of service for visitors to your client sites.

Stay tuned for instructions

We’re aiming to make this change as seamless as possible for all existing Partners, but recommend you stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks. Some changes will be necessary on your on your behalf, but we will be sure to send you advanced notice and detailed instructions of what action is required.

As work progresses we’ll begin to get in touch via email with further details, so please watch your inbox for any instructions and make sure they don’t hit your spam folder.

For the latest details on our progress, make sure you attend our upcoming Partner Townhall meetings.

Thank you for your continued support,
The Adobe Business Catalyst Team

BC Sandpile - April meetings

Diana Herac Tuesday, April 02, 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, Midnight
  • Sydney: Wednesdays, 11am

2nd April (3rd in AUS): Neil Eisenberg, from Design Intervention Studio will talk about how he won a Chamber of Commerce website project that was bid on by 23 other web design companies! He'll also discuss how that project led to a lot of other work.

9th April (10th in AUS): Selling Business Catalyst for All It's Worth: Jonathan S. Hinshaw from EBWAY Creative Solutions will go over the pros and cons to charging higher monthly rates. Many BC Partners offer the platform at the suggested retail rate and while there's nothing wrong with this there is a better way.

16th April (17th in AUS): Urszula Richards from onlineiq will explain the steps she took to put together a Festival website. Web apps were an important part of the project, and she will discuss some of the challenges she faced making them work.

23rd April (24th in AUS): Megan Taylor from Kapow Interactive will show us how to best use BC’s E-mail Marketing tool and walk us through some of the new features, including some of the improvements in the most recent BC update.

30th April (1st May in AUS): Fraser McCulloch from Platonik will share some of his quick fire marketing tactics that can easily be done with a BC site. He’ll also walk us through one of his most recent projects focusing on how BC was used to make the original idea come to life.

Full schedule:

Catch Episode 28 of the Business Catalyst Podcast

Jackson Palmer Thursday, March 28, 2013

Tune in for Episode 28 of the Business Catalyst podcast! Hear from BC expert Joe Watkins, learn about our latest system update and stay tuned for an exclusive MAX 2013 discount!

Listen to this month's podcast:

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


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 this episode :

See you next time!

Google Maps API changes

Magda Neagu Thursday, March 28, 2013

Hi everybody,

As some of you know, the Google Maps Javascript API Version 2 has been officially deprecated as of May 19, 2010. The v2 API will continue to work as per Google’s deprecation policy, but we encourage you to migrate your code to version 3 of the Maps Javascript API.

For those of you that have integrated in the last 2 years you have automatically received a V3 key. However, if you have an integration older than 2 years you will need to manually update your key, otherwise your sites will no longer display the webapp items correctly on the map. 
In order to update your key please visit the Google Maps API site to get the Google Maps key for the site's domain name: 

To display web app items on a map you would insert in a page the module from Toolbox->Webapps->List of webapp items on a map or Toolbox->webapps->Web App search results on a map. To replace the existing key and make sure your webapp items display correctly you have in the site’s pages with the newly generated one as see in the interface below:

The current maps with the old keys will continue to be available until our next release, but by end of April your sites will no longer be displaying correctly, so we encourage you to make this switch as soon as possible. 

For any questions please let us know on the forums or by submitting a support ticket. 

Register now to our series of exciting partner webinars!

Diana Iliescu Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Join Adobe Evangelist Adam Broadway on Wed, Apr 10th to learn how you can integrate Dreamweaver & Business Catalyst and what workflows can be implemented between the two products. To make sure you can put your learning into practice, webinar participants will be receiving a 15% discount on their next website. (Some conditions for the coupon code apply*)

Register for these sessions by clicking on the links below:

Australian/EU session
US/EU session

The series continues in May and June with presentations from two of our trusted partners, Brendon O’Sullivan and Brett Stockley, who will teach you how to grow your business into the future. Registrations are now open for those instances as well, and we will be sending out a reminder as we move closer to the presentations.

Wed, May 15th: Adding value to clients by upselling products & services with Brendon O'Sullivan from Bosweb

Australian/EU session
US/EU session

Wed, June 12th: Online Marketing with Brett Stockley from PrettyPollution

Australian/EU session
US/EU session

Our previous speakers, Danielle Beaumont and Chris Kellet have presented in March about Business Catalyst integration with Muse. If you were not able to see that webinar live you can access the recording to find out more about this important workflow.

We would love to hear your feedback on this webinar series and as always suggestions are welcomed at

*the 15% discount coupon applies for new site upgrades on any yearly/biyearly desired plan. Coupon validity: 31-Jul-2013, only available for the webinars’ attendees.

Townhall meeting - April 3rd

Magda Neagu Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Hopefully you have all enjoyed our release today, but if you want to have more details and get a bit more insight we are waiting for you next week, on Wednesday, April 3rd on our regular Town Hall meeting to chat. 

We will talk about the release, get you some insight into the future plans and changes coming, detail a bit our infrastructure changes and much more. So don't forget to register at the links below:

Australian session

  • Vienna (Austria) Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 at 9:00:00 AM
  • Sydney (Australia)Wednesday, April 3rd 2013 at 7:00:00 PM
  • London (United Kingdom)Wednesday, April 3rd 2013 at 8:00:00 AM

Europe/US session

  • Vienna (Austria - Vienna) Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 at 6:00:00 PM
  • San Francisco (U.S.A. - California) Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 at 9:00:00 AM
  • Sydney (Australia - New South Wales) Thursday, April 3rd, 2013 at 4:00:00 AM

Announcing our March 2013 system update

Jackson Palmer Tuesday, March 19, 2013

March 2013 System Update

We're happy to announce the details of our upcoming system update, due to go live 26 March 2013 PDT. This release includes a new look and feel for the Partner Portal, improvements to our Web Apps module, exciting new beta features, and over 30 important bug fixes.

For a more detailed list of everything included in this update (including bug fixes), please refer to our official release note post on the community forums.

Feature highlights

Refreshed Partner Portal
We've given the Partner Portal a fresh coat of paint, to match the look and feel of the v3 Admin Console interface. You'll find all the tools and resources you're used to in this updated UI.

Refreshed Partner Portal

While working on the Partner Portal, the team also worked in a few handy improvements based on Partner feedback:

  • List filters for the "My Sites" (previously "Clients") section
  • Customer, invoice and commission lists can now be sorted
  • One click sign in to any site from both the site list view and detailed site management screen

Web App improvements
We’ve made several improvements to Web App module templates, giving you more flexibility when building your custom Business Catalyst applications. These improvements include:

  • {tag_itemid} is now available in all Web App templates (list, detail, backup, edit)
  • {tag_datasource_id} is also available in all Web App templates (list, detail, backup, edit). For example, assuming “author” is a data source, you will now have access to {tag_author_nolink} and {tag_author_id} from all templates
  • {tag_photo_nolink} and {tag_photo_value} consistency improvements
    If added multiple times, they render each time, in every layout added
    {tag_photo_nolink} in detail view will output the same thing as in list and edit layouts – the image in an img tag

All 3 tags can also be inserted from the data tab of the Admin Toolbox, when editing a module template.

Improved campaign editing experience (out of beta)
After months of testing and customer feedback, we'll be moving our improved email campaign editing experience out of beta for you and your clients.

The new editing experience is easier to use for your clients, and separates content from style inside email campaigns. Using InContext Editing mark-up, you’re now able to define editable regions inside the HTML code of your email newsletter templates. 

New SBO campaign editing experience

To give you more flexibility, we've also left the original editor in place if your clients prefer to use it. You can adjust the campaign editors settings inside your Partner Portal under Tools > Online Editor Settings.

New beta features

Recurring campaigns (ie. weekly newsletters)
With this feature, we're introducing a new type of campaign that sends recurrently at a set period. This is ideal for sending weekly/monthly newsletters or reminders at the end of each month to customers.

Recurring cmapaigns

You're able to select a period for recurrence (eg. every 3 weeks), plus a time and day of the week for the campaign to send. Combined with the recently added ability to embed modules inside email campaigns, this can be used to completely automate regular newsletters that dynamically pull in your most recent blog posts, or featured products from an online store.

You can enable this feature under Site Settings > Beta Features. To provide your feedback or report any issues, please visit this forum thread.

Other improvements

Email deliverability enhancements
We've introduced two new changes with the goal of improving our email deliverability rates.

  • Campaigns and operational emails (ie. workflow notifications) will now be signed with DKIM, acting as a digital signature and improving overall email deliverability.
  • These emails will now also include a "sent via" header if the FROM email address is not a domain that has it’s DNS hosted with Business Catalyst.

Switch between multiple sites from the Admin ribbon
You can now switch between the Admin Console of multiple sites while logged in, from the Admin ribbon in the top-left of your screen. You’ll see a list of your 5 most recently created sites, and with a simple click will be automatically logged in to manage each.

Improvements to "Develop" mode
Several improvements have been made to our "Develop" mode, including:

  • A handy list of related files now appears when editing a page
  • Files you were previously working on are auto-reopened when switching back and forth from "Manage" mode
  • Search functionality for code view is now available

Additional eCommerce tags
We’ve added additional tags which allow you to render gift vouchers and discount codes on both invoice and order layouts.

Product export improvement
The product export feature now generate a CSV file instead of an Excel document, for better compatibility

We hope you enjoy this system update and look forward to your feedback on the new features we've included. Stay tuned to the BC Blog for more Business Catalyst news in the near future!