Business Catalyst Blog

October 23th 2013 Partner Orientation Webinar recording

Diana Iliescu Monday, October 28, 2013

Thanks to those of you who attended our orientation webinar with Karim Ardalan.

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

  • Muse & BC: A dynamic duo - with Karim Ardalan from AID+BC
  • Keeping It Small But Making It Big - with Greg Marcel from 2140 Interactive
  • Adding value to clients by upselling products & services - with Brendon O'Sullivan from Bosweb
  • Learn how BC Gurus leverages Web Apps to power their popular Business Catalyst community website - with Brent Weaver from BC Gurus
  • Online Marketing - with Brett Stockley from PrettyPollution
  • Developing an Effective Sales Strategy for Your Web Agency - with Tim Gentle from Design Experts
  • Dreamweaver & Business Catalyst integration - with Adam Broadway (Download presentation deck)
  • Business Catalyst integration with Muse -  with Daniele Beaumont and Chris Kellet


  • Also, don't forget to register for our upcoming webinar:

    Wed, November 13th: Enhancing Business Catalyst Web Forms with  Scott B Reynolds from Thrise and PrestoBC

    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 BCPartner-Team@adobe.com. 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-Dec-2013, only available for the webinars’ attendees.

    Tune in for Episode 31 of the BC Podcast!

    Thursday, October 24, 2013

    Tune in for Episode 31 of the Business Catalyst podcast! In this episode, we say goodbye to BC founder Adam Broadway and hand over the podcast reins to community leader Brent Weaver. Don't miss out on this great episode, listen below.

    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.

    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 :

    • Hear an interview with BC Partner and developer Adam Cook
    • Get an update on the completion of the Amazon Web Services migration
    • Be involved with our end of year celebration events
    • Answer our quiz question in the comments below and win a free template credit!

    Until next time!
    Brent & Jackson

    Business Catalyst - Winner of the People's Choice CMS Awards

    Tuesday, October 22, 2013

    Competing against 4 other website builders, Business Catalyst has once more proven that we have a great community, ready to cast the vote for us. 

    Thank you to all the partners who put in their vote of confidence for BC! Since this is a People's choice vote it is clear we could not have done it without you. 

    See the full announcement on the CMS Critic website, as well as the other contestants for this particular category. This news comes to top off a great month for Business Catalyst, with our migration projects also coming to a successful close. 

    We are preparing some exciting projects in the future, to make sure that next year we also deserve and receive your vote.
    Thank you once again for making this happen. 
    The (very happy) Business Catalyst team

    'Muse & BC: A dynamic duo' - register and join us tomorrow!

    Diana Iliescu Tuesday, October 22, 2013

    Join our webinar tomorrow to see how Muse & BC work together as a dynamic duo:

    Wed, October 23th: Muse & BC: A dynamic duo with  Karim Ardalan from AID+BC

    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 yearly/biyearly desired plan. Coupon validity: 31-Dec-2013, only available for the webinars’ attendees.)

    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 there!

    Phase 2 Australian datacenter migration - October 19th, 2013

    Tuesday, October 15, 2013

    Our migration project is approaching its last step, with our Australian data center moving to its new location. On OCTOBER 19th, 2013 the Business Catalyst Australian data center will be migrated to the new Amazon Web Service infrastructure. As part of the migration process all sites located on our Australian data center will experience an offline maintenance window of up to 9 hours. Please see below the full details of the maintenance and downtime expected.

    Procedure Migrating all sites hosted on the Sydney BC datacenter to Amazon Web Services infrastructure
    Target start time* 6 PM AEDT Check local times here
    Target end time* 3 AM AEDT
    Duration We are targeting a 9 hour migration window. During this time all sites located in Sydney will be unavailable. The migration window can vary, but we will make sure to keep you informed of any changes.

    Services unavailable during the migration

    During the migration window all sites and services will be unavailable for sites hosted on the Australian data center for the duration of the move. A list of areas affected can be found below:

  • Site front-end and Admin Console will display a maintenance page
  • Email campaigns scheduled during migration window will be sent once the migration is complete
  • SFTP - file upload/download
  • Dreamweaver extension will not be available for the duration of the migration
  • Publish site in Muse will be unavailable
  • Email notifications - operational emails will not be received
  • The webmail link in the Admin console will be unavailable
  • All other areas of sites hosted on Australian data center. Sites located on other data centers of Business Catalyst will not be affected. 


    Updating your DNS settings

    If you have not already updated the DNS settings for your client sites, please do so as soon as possible. If you fail to do so, your sites may be unavailable following the migration. For further instruction on how to migrate your DNS settings, please refer to the dedicated migration site.. 


    Stay up to date

    Our team will provide constant updates during the migration process. To keep up to date, please follow our blog and Twitter feeds. There, you will find constant updates prior to and during the migration, while our dedicated page on the migration website will provide constant updates during the migration itself.

    Thank you,
    The Adobe Business Catalyst Team

    Australian datacenter migration - October 12th, 2013

    Wednesday, October 09, 2013

    Hi everyone,

    Our migration procedure has undergone a new series of testing, and we are now confident that we can proceed without any further interference. 

    As such, we will resume the migration with the first part, on Saturday, October 12th 2013. 

    As previously detailed, we will be having a two step procedure to migrate our Sydney data center to a new location. On Saturday, October 12, 2013 the Partner Portal, Business Catalyst website and main user/DNS management components will be migrated to the new Amazon Web Service infrastructure. As part of the migration process some areas of all sites will experience an offline maintenance window of up to 9 hours. Please see below the full details of the maintenance and downtime expected.

    • Procedure: Migrating all services currently hosted on the master Sydney data center to the new AWS infrastructure
    • Target start time*: 6 PM AEST (Check local times here)
    • Target end time*: 3 AM AEST 
    • Duration: We are targeting an 9 hour migration window. The migration window may vary, and we will be sure to keep you informed of any changes.

    * Start time and end time are estimates. Depending on actual conditions on the day the start and end of the migration may vary. 

    Services unavailable during the migration

    During the migration window the below areas will be affected:

    • Some areas of the Admin Console for all sites on Business Catalystirrespective of where they are hosted. Areas related to creation of users, e-mails and sites will be the ones affected. 
    • All pages in Partner Portal
    • Creating an admin user and e-mail password will not be available on all sites hosted with Business Catalyst
    • Reset password link
    • Change password link
    • Create site
    • Trial signup
    • Online Business Builder
    • Publishing from Muse and Dreamweaver will not be available during this timeframe
    • Help and support areas will not be available during the maintenance window

    Second migration to follow

    The second part of the Australian datacenter migration will take place within the next few weeks. In this second part the websites hosted on the Australian datacenter will move to their new location. Detailed communication on this will be available once we approach the migration day. 

    Updating your DNS settings

    If you have not already updated the DNS settings for your client sites, please do so as soon as possible. You are already past the deadline and failure to do so will result in your sites being unavailable following the migration. For further instruction on how to migrate your DNS settings, please refer to the dedicated migration site.


    Stay up to date


    Our team will provide constant updates during the migration process. To keep up to date, please follow our blog and Twitter feeds. There, you will find constant updates prior to and during the migration, while our dedicated page on the migration website will provide constant updates during the migration itself. 

    Thank you,
    The Adobe Business Catalyst Team

    Australian data center migration postponed

    Saturday, October 05, 2013

    Hi everyone,

    Due to some last minute developments, we have decided to postpone the first phase of the Australian datacenter migration, which was scheduled for this weekend.
    We have decided to postpone the migration until we are able to focus our efforts exclusively on the migration and ensure a minimal disruption to your experience.

    A new date will be communicated later, on our blog, forums and dedicated migration site.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding,
    The Adobe Business Catalyst team

    Scott B. Reynolds speaking at the Nashua Adobe User Group

    Saturday, October 05, 2013

    Monday, November 25th Scott B Reynolds will demonstrate why Business Catalyst is the most underrated product in the Creative Cloud. He'll not only walk-through many of BC's popular features, but demonstrate why Business Catalyst can be a huge improvement for both web professionals and business owners. He'll also answer as many questions as time allows.

    Register for the event, or watch it live (via Adobe Connect): http://experts.adobeconnect.com/sbr

    Scott is a Premium BC Partner, an Adobe Community Professional, co-founder of PrestoBC.com, and an organizer of BC Sandpile.

    Google Checkout discontinued - change your payment gateway by Oct 31st

    Friday, October 04, 2013

    As of November 20th Google is discontinuing Google Checkout as a payment gateway. In order to comply with these changes Business Catalyst will also be removing Google Checkout as an option from our e-commerce solution starting with October 31st.

    Action needed on your side

    If you are currently using Google Checkout as your payment gateway please update your site to another of the solutions provided by Business Catalyst. Our recommendation, based on similarity of features and availability worldwide is Paypal. 

    Our documentation provides you with a list of all payment gateways supported by Business Catalyst, which can be consulted prior to the deciding which replacement to choose. 

    For any questions please do not hesitate to contact us. 

    The Adobe Business Catalyst team