Business Catalyst Blog

Episode 37 of the BC Podcast - Pricing Business Catalyst

Brent Weaver Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Pricing is one of the most popular questions I get about Business Catalyst. This conversation begins with basic questions around…

  • What should I charge per hour?
  • How should I structure billing?
  • Can I markup the wholesale cost of BC?
  • Is there services that I can bundle in to increase my monthly profit?
  • Are there different ways I can sell time to my clients?

I thought the best way to answer these questions was to rope in three long time BC partners: Mike Sallander of Chicago Digital, Devon Reehl and Jonathan Hinshaw of Ebway Creative.

Don’t forget that this month, BackupBC is the Official App of the Month. To celebrate, they are selling the app for 50% off (limited time only).

Tune in for Episode 37 of the Business Catalyst podcast! In this episode we talk about pricing, margins, profit, and how to make more money with BC.

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:

  • Devon Reehl introduces the priority fee
  • Mike Sallander gives us insight into the most important box in a proposal
  • Jon Hinshaw tells how he sells hours more effectively
  • And much more

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

May 21st webinar recording - Building a Video Gallery BC App

Diana Herac Monday, May 26, 2014

Thanks to those of you who attended our BC webinar - Building a Video Gallery BC App with Scott B Reynolds from Thrise.
Scott shared a few key techniques learned while developing BC apps, the steps you should consider when building a BC app, using BC APIs and much more.

If you were unable to join us live, you can access the last 3 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.

Thank you and hope to see you in the next webinar.

The Adobe Business Catalyst Team

Adobe ID Service Outage impact on Business Catalyst

Cristinel Anastasoaie Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Last week, Business Catalyst partners have not been able to login to their Partner Portals or site admins for approximately 24 hours. The problem was caused by a failure in the global Adobe ID infrastructure layer, as described on the Adobe Care blog. Since this has affected all of Adobe and all of the Creative Cloud, Adobe as a company will revisit and improve the global processes to make sure such events can be prevented in the future.

The incident came only a few hours after Business Catalyst has deployed an update on the service, that transitioned the partner login interfaces on businesscatalyst.com and Partner Portals to the unified Adobe ID login user interface and enforced the Adobe ID login for partners. While the two events seemed related, they aren’t. The BC deployment was successfully completed, and Partners were able to login in the hours between the BC update and the Adobe ID system outage. Additionally, the enforcement of Adobe ID login, which was the last milestone in a two years long transition of Partner accounts to Adobe IDs had limited impact on the Partner options to login since, at the time of the release, less than 0.1% of Partner accounts were not yet migrated to Adobe ID.

We are aware that we haven’t met your expectations for providing an alternative way to access sites during the above mentioned incident, and we apologize for that. Although the likelihood of an Adobe ID failure to occur in the future is slim, we are reviewing our processes and we are defining back-up plans that will allow Partners to access their customers sites.

As an overarching effort, integrating all Adobe services with Adobe ID should be almost exclusively beneficial, since users don't need to manage multiple accounts for the same company. As such, investing time and resources into migrating Partners to a different login system when there are so many other core platform improvements needed might not be the best strategy for us. Developing a contingency plan and system updates that will allows us to temporarily use the same login system as site owners in the event of the another Adobe ID failure is, and we will definitely follow that path.

The Adobe Business Catalyst Team

BC Webinar: Building a Video Gallery BC App

Diana Herac Friday, May 16, 2014

This month, we’ll meet Wednesday May 21st, for a webinar focused on building BC Apps.

Scott B Reynolds, Business Catalyst App Developer from Thrise, will share techniques he has learned while building several BC Apps. Scott will explain how he and another BC Partner combined efforts to create an easy-to-use Video Gallery App. 

Scott will answer some common questions, like…

  • Should I build a BC App?
  • Where do I begin?
  • What are best practices?

He’ll also share techniques that will make building apps quicker and easier. Learn how to…

  • Easily fetch data using BC’s APIs
  • Sort & filter data
  • Render data

Don't forget to 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

Login interface updated for Adobe ID users

Florin Carlig Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Business Catalyst is upgrading the Login workflow for Adobe ID users. The update will change the login screen to the partner portal and will require partners to use an Adobe ID to login to their Business Catalyst sites.

This new login screen will be available when you login in the Partner Portal:


Important notes:

  • Your clients will continue to see the regular BC login, there’s no change for them.
  • The regular BC login interface will be displayed if you try to login to http://businesscatalyst.com/admin or your-site.com/admin
  • Also, with this change, partner users that haven't yet switched to use an Adobe ID (meaning they merged their BC partner email with an Adobe ID) will be required to create an Adobe ID.

Upon login, they'll be asked to create a new Adobe ID (or sign in with one if they already have an Adobe ID):

It's recommended that you create an Adobe ID with the same email address as your BC account. Once you create an Adobe ID, your previous BC account will be merged with the new Adobe ID:

Your existing BC credentials will be overwritten - so next time you'll need to login with your Adobe ID username and password.

 

Also, check out the "BC & Adobe ID" FAQ that was published when AdobeID requirements were first introduced in April 2012. 

 

App of the month: Backup BC

Diana Herac Wednesday, May 14, 2014

This month we're launching a series of articles which will describe a different app each month. May is dedicated to BackupBC - a successful app developed by Karim Ardalan of AID+BC and MIS, Inc. and Joe Wellborn of Practically Inspired.

Introducing BackupBC

BackupBC is the Business Catalyst backup solution that lets you sleep better at night. BackupBC leverages the new BC Open Platform to let you backup your website from inside the admin console.

With BackupBC, you can now perform backups in a fraction of the time it used to take. As partners, you can offer a new and profitable value-added backup service to your clients. Or, if you prefer, you can let your clients handle their own backups. BackupBC is so easy to use, you and your clients can start your first backup in seconds.

Here are some of the things you can do with BackupBC right now:

  • Backup Files, Web Apps, CRM, and Ecommerce
  • Backup your entire site or select only those items modified since any date of your choosing
  • Save backups on your website and/or your local drive or favorite cloud storage
  • Manage your storage preferences

New features in development:

  • Backup Blogs
  • Restore Wizard
  • Backup other parts of your website as their API’s become available

Since its release in February 2014, BackupBC has been an extremely popular app on the BC App Store, breaking the record for most apps sold in a single transaction, then breaking the record two more times.

Why BackupBc?

These horror stories, which probably sound familiar to most BC partners, can keep you up at night: One of Karim’s clients tried to delete an image and accidentally deleted the entire images folder. One of Joe’s clients inadvertently deleted all her web app items - and there were hundreds!

BackupBC was inspired by these stories, and the developers set out to create the easiest possible backup solution for BC partners and their clients.

About the developers

Karim Ardalan founded his web development company, MIS, Inc. in 1995. He became a Business Catalyst partner in 2008 under the name dashbee and has developed over 150 BC websites. He is a frequent speaker at BC events and is a member of the Partner Advisory Board. In 2011 Ardalan founded AID+BC, which helps the community learn about all things BC and Muse. Anybody who works that hard needs a good night’s sleep, and now with BackupBC he gets it.

Joe Wellborn started designing websites when Netscape still came in a box. He discovered Business Catalyst in 2009, and soon afterward he founded Practically Inspired, LLC to focus exclusively on BC. When one of his clients inadvertently deleted a few hundred web app items he started thinking about a backup solution. Now he sleeps soundly at night and wishes the same for you.

To give everyone this peace of mind, BackupBC have decided to set a special price for this app, for a limited period of time. Only during May you have the chance to purchase BackupBC with a 50% discount. Simply visit the BC App Store and buy it today!

If you are like Joe and Karim and you've developed a great app for BC, tell the whole world about it by reaching out to BCPartner-Team@adobe.com. We will be happy to share your story!

The Adobe Business Catalyst Team

Sandpile webinar: Make Business Catalyst Dance with Underscore

Diana Herac Thursday, May 08, 2014

Business Catalyst is all about lists, and Scott B Reynolds from Thrise is going to show how to use Underscore to have greater control over those lists via filtering, sorting, shuffling and about 80 other handy features. Underscore.js is a popular javascript library allowing you to rearrange your Business Catalyst data. Make the most out of your Business Catalyst lists by using the power of Underscore.

  • San Francisco: Tuesday May 13th at 5pm
  • New York City: Tuesday May 13th at 8pm
  • London: Wednesday May 14th, 1am
  • Sydney: Wednesday May 14th, 10am

Sign up here: Make Business Catalyst Dance with Underscore

April 23rd Webinar recording on Open Platform

Diana Herac Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Thanks to those of you who attended our BC webinar with Radu Cosnita from Business Catalyst and Brian Lowry from BC Gurus.
If you were unable to join us live, you can access the last 3 recordings below:

Radu Cosnita showcased some very useful demos on becoming a BC app developer and how to build your first BC app.
And Brian Lowry presented the BC app store and how it works.

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 the next webinar.

The Adobe Business Catalyst Team

Scott B. Reynolds speaks at the New England Adobe User Group

Diana Herac Thursday, May 01, 2014

Tuesday, May 6th Scott B Reynolds will demonstrate why Business Catalyst is the most underrated product in the Creative Cloud. Scott will use one of our new responsive templates to show off some of the most popular features. This demonstration will show how Business Catalyst is a huge time-saver for both web professionals and business owners. He'll also answer as many questions as time allows.

When: Tuesday May 6th at 1:00pm (eastern)
Where: Marlboro College Graduate School, Bratleboro Vermont
Host: New England Adobe User Group

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

Scott is a Business Catalyst App Developer, Premium BC Partner, an Adobe Community Professional, and an organizer of BC Sandpile.

April, 23rd Webinar on Open Platform

Florentina Laptuca Sunday, April 13, 2014

This month, we'll meet Wednesday, April 23, for a Webinar focused on using Open Platform.

Radu Cosnita, Senior Developer from Business Catalyst
will showcase why Open Platform represents the evolution of BC platform and how it allows Partners to extend Business Catalyst by coding and reusing secure third party applications.

 

You will receive very interesting information about:
•           Becoming a BC Developer (demo)
•           Create first BC application (demo)
•           Developer Resources

So we will go through the process of enrolling as Developer, creating a new 3-rd party application and distributing it (to your sites or to other partners). Also, you will find out about useful upcoming features of BC.

Brian Lowry, Director of Community from BC Gurus will show how can you install apps and plugins on your Business Catalyst sites using the BC App Store and why it is this store a place to go if you want to add functionality to a BC site.
Here’s what he will outline:
•           Why You Should Distribute Your Apps Through the BC App Store
•           How to Get Your Apps in the BC App Store
•           Terms and Standards

Don't forget to register here:

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 this month’s webinar.

The Adobe Business Catalyst Team