Business Catalyst Blog

Business Catalyst 2 year plan to be discontinued

Magda Neagu Monday, February 01, 2016

In an effort to streamline our offering and come up with the best plans possible for our customer base, we hereby announce that the biyearly (2-year) offering of Business Catalyst will be discontinued, as of end of March 2016. With this move, this pricing schedule will no longer be available for new sites, or as an upgrade from an existing 1 year or monthly plan. 

Existing biyearly plans will carry on until the renewal date. Upon renewal, they will be switched to a monthly plan, while still carrying their discount 

The Business Catalyst Team.

Tutorial of the month - Battle of the Blogs: How to Choose between the Blog Module and a Web App Built Blog

Roxana Moldovan Wednesday, January 27, 2016

There is not always an easy answer for choosing the right type of blog on your Business Catalyst website. In this edited version of the live Adobe webinar, Mike answers this question in detail and shows you how to make the right choice for your site.

Watch Battle of the Blogs Tutorial

Below are the topics discussed in this two part video series:

Is Business Catalyst Good for Blogging?

Watch Mike explain how the design freedom in Business Catalyst, SEO friendly setup and features and integrated email marketing make Business Catalyst an excellent tool for bloggers.

Examples of Using Both the Blog Module and a Web App Built Blog in the Wild

Mike will share with you several examples of when we’ve used the built in blog module and when we have used a custom web app built blog. Sharing some of the features and strengths and weaknesses of each.

Deciding between Blog Module vs Web App Built Blog

Finally, Mike will rundown all of the pros and cons of the Blog module vs. Web App built Blog and show you how to decide which one is right for your website.

View Tutorial of the Month


Site of the Week: Kodiak Sportsman Lodge

Roxana Moldovan Monday, January 25, 2016

Business Catalyst Site of the Week is Kodiak Sportsman Lodge, designed by OpenVine Solutions

The site was build for The Kodiak Sportsman's Lodge, an all-inclusive fishing and hunting lodge located on Kodiak Island, Alaska and it took five months to complete. 

The features utilized in this website include Web Forms, Blog Modules, CRM, Email Marketing, Content Holders, Photo Galleries Modules and FAQs Modules.

The biggest challenge for the designer was to find creative ways to display testimonials, home page sliders, and other elements without using web apps.

"We have been using Business Catalyst since 2007. Advantages we have seen while using BC include the ability to have many components integrated in the same site. The automatic versioning feature is also very helpful, allowing users to roll back pages and other items as needed. The platform is fast loading and has good stability. We also find the design features of the backend to be very user-friendly for both clients and developers. BC's robust features enable us to keep development costs down, and our clients appreciate having the ability to make updates to their websites without having to have technical knowledge." (William Germino, OpenVine)

An advice for somebody who just started using BC, from the designer of Kodiak Sportsman Lodge"It is worth investing some time to learn about Business Catalyst's robust features before getting started. They have a great help section full of resources, including detailed videos and screenshot tutorials, to assist you with most of the BC functions you will be using. The better you know the program, the more you will be able to help your clients."

OpenVine Solutions is an internet consulting company specializing in web development and internet marketing for small and mid-sized businesses. They have been designing attractive, user-friendly websites since 2002. 

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Our section "Site of the week" promotes some of the best accomplished sites, hosted on our platform. If you too have designed a beautiful site that you are proud of, send us an e-mail to bcpartner-team(at)adobe(dot)com. It might become the next "Site of the Week"!

 

 

Webinar recording: Business Catalyst and Responsive Muse

Diana Iliescu Thursday, January 21, 2016

Thanks to those of you who attended our January's BC webinar with Michael Sallander and Chris Kellett.
In this webinar they revealed how you can build data-driven responsive websites with Muse & Business Catalyst. These 2 Adobe tools prove to be a powerful combination for building a modern website that allows designers to unleash their creativity and customers to manage content. This presentation will go over how the 2 tools conceptually work together as well as some coding demonstrations on how to connect them.

If you were unable to join us live, check out the webinar recording here: Business Catalyst and Responsive Muse.

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

Site of the Week: Star Headlight & Lantern Co

Roxana Moldovan Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Business Catalyst Site of the week is Star Headlight & Lantern Co designed by  A2Z Enhanced Digital Solutions.

This site was built to support a worldwide manufacturer of Police and Emergency lighting; it uses E-commerce capabilities to feature over 250 products that are available for purchase through distributors, due to this fact it does not show pricing or use the shopping cart. Each product features Detailed Features, Specs, Models and Docs tabs that include Product images, Specs, Instruction Manuals, Product Flyers and Videos.

Since this customer does not sell online they needed a Sales Rep Search tool that was built using Web Apps and Liquid to help create the Sale Rep Search http://www.star1889.com/sales/star-headlight-sale-rep-search.

This site also features an extensive catalog of over 500 PDF media downloadable instruction manuals and product flyers as well as a number of support and customer contact Web Forms. Due to the large number of products, product images and media downloads this site took about 6 months to complete.

I’ve been a BC partner for almost 7 years now and web designer/developer since 1997. BC allows me to build awesome sites without extensive server side database coding or scripting. BC’s CMS, CRM, Ecommerce and email marketing features are a huge benefit to my clients.” (Barry W. Alt, A2Z EDS)

One of the biggest challenges the designer encountered was figuring out the best way to setup the sales rep search as the customer has reps all over the world. This was accomplished using Web Apps and Liquid. The other huge challenge was dealing with the character limit placed on the four Custom options used for the product info tabs on each product page, which was overcome using Web Apps.

Barry's advice for somebody who just started using BC: Get connected with other BC Partners and check out or join the following BC Communities and training resources: BC Sandpile, BC Gurus, BC App Store, BC Training Academe, and BC LinkedIn Groups. These are all great resources that have helped me out tremendously.”

A2Z Enhanced Digital Solutions is specialized in high quality website design & redesign, hosting services, computer sales, support and Internet marketing.

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Our section "Site of the week" promotes some of the best accomplished sites, hosted on our platform. If you too have designed a beautiful site that you are proud of, send us an e-mail to bcpartner-team(at)adobe(dot)com. It might become the next "Site of the Week"!

Register now to the first webinar of the year: BC and Responsive Muse with Mike Sallander & Chris Kellett

Diana Iliescu Friday, January 15, 2016

This month we'll meet Tuesday January 19th (US) / Wednesday January 20th (AU) with Michael Sallander and Chris Kellett to discuss about Business Catalyst and Responsive Muse.

Get a peek into how you can build data-driven responsive websites with Muse & Business Catalyst. These 2 Adobe tools prove to be a powerful combination for building a modern website that allows designers to unleash their creativity and customers to manage content. This presentation will go over how the 2 tools conceptually work together as well as some coding demonstrations on how to connect them.

Tue/Wed, January 19th/20th: Business Catalyst and Responsive Muse

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 desired plan, until the next renewal. Coupon validity: 31-Mar-2016, only available for the webinars’ attendees. The discount code will only be offered live, during the webinar session.)

Thank you and see you there!
The Adobe Business Catalyst Team

Site of the Week: Chicago Sinai Congregation

Roxana Moldovan Monday, January 11, 2016

Business Catalyst Site of the week is Chicago Sinai Congregation designed by  Chicago Digital.

The entire project, including custom design, development, SEO and integration took about 3 months.

The biggest challenge for the designer was to figure out how to present the home page in way that is welcoming and simple, yet has a variety of information to help guide the user to the content they need.

To ensure the functionality the customer needed, the designer used the ability to collect payments via web forms to completely revamp the Donation process: https://chicagosinai.worldsecuresystems.com/donate-non-members. Chicago Sinai can easily manage the funds available to donate to from the backend and the user is presented with an enjoyable, onsite experience to submit donations.

Also, they used a combination of the Events and Web Apps features in BC to build and easily use and maintain a calendar that allows users to register for events. The calendar was built in a way that the client can easily add a new calendar onto any page that only has events under a certain tag, such as “Religious School”.

Chicago Digital has been building websites exclusively on Adobe Business Catalyst for about 6 years. When we first discovered Business Catalyst it amplified our skills. As front-end developers we could now build beautiful, data-driven, marketing focused websites without the burden of knowing or worrying about the backend setup. It also gave our customers control over their website so that they can make updates, manage their customers, send out email campaigns, and more.” (Michael Sallander)

Chicago Digital is one of the most accomplished Business Catalyst developers in the world having built hundreds of websites on the platform, founding one of the leading BC education sites and running the central marketplace for distributing BC Apps.

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Our section "Site of the week" promotes some of the best accomplished sites, hosted on our platform. If you too have designed a beautiful site that you are proud of, send us an e-mail to bcpartner-team(at)adobe(dot)com. It might become the next "Site of the Week"!



 

 

 

 


 

Site of the Week: Punta Cana International Airport

Roxana Moldovan Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Business Catalyst Site of the Week is Punta Cana International Airport, designed by ENVISIONWORKS Inc.

ENVISIONWORKS created a beautiful and inspiring site for Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ), one of the world’s only privately owned international airports. Offering direct flights from over 28 countries and 96 cities around the world, PUJ is he busiest airport in the Dominican Republic and second busiest airport in the Caribbean.

The site was designed over a period of 3 weeks with client input. Once approved, it was up and running within another 3 weeks.

We have been using Business Catalyst since 2011. The ease of updating sites directly via Adobe software was the key factor in our decision to switch hosting companies. Our favorite BC features are the easiness to use admin controls, components and the ability to interact seamlessly with BC software and Adobe Muse software. This has allowed us to become incredibly efficient and competitive.” (Edward Cutler, CEO and Creative Director of ENVISIONWORKS Inc., experienced Website Developer, Art Director and Commercial Photographer working with luxury brands world wide)

We’ve had no major issues with BC, except for the fact that we couldn’t add an external blog to the sites but that has been rectified since then. All in all, BC is an excellent hosting platform for anyone familiar with Adobe Creative Cloud. It allows a high degree of hosting control and website maintenance in a seamless and cost effective package.” (Edward Cutler)

ENVISIONWORKS Inc. is a luxury marketing firm established in 2000 in Miami, Florida. It offers personalized all-in-one marketing services (photography, on-location styling, website design & development, marketing collateral and social media) for luxury resorts, boutique real estate developments and destinations. 

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Our section "Site of the week" promotes some of the best accomplished sites, hosted on our platform. If you too have designed a beautiful site that you are proud of, send us an e-mail to bcpartner-team(at)adobe(dot)com. It might become the next "Site of the Week"!


 

 

Site of the week: International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition

Roxana Moldovan Monday, December 21, 2015

Business Catalyst Site of the week is International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition, designed by Chicago Digital.

The International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition Inc. (a Washington DC – based non profit organization devoted solely to combating counterfeiting and piracy) came to Chicago Digital with the challenge to organize, design and build a site that is easy to navigate and guides users through to desired actions from content that is in many different formats and aimed at several different audiences. Chicago Digital took these two similar, yet distinct parts of the site and brought them together, in a way that best represents the organization and helps drive the desired customer to IACC’s primary objectives of conference registration and membership signup.

The entire project, including custom design, development and integration took exactly 4 months. The designer used many built-in features, Web apps and BC Apps to deliver easy to manage, yet powerful functionality:

  • Conference Registration
  • Expert Directory with ability for members to submit
  • Job Listings with ability for members to submit
  • Member Secure Zone giving members access to exclusive resources
  • Media Section
  • Upcoming Trainings
 

Being one of our most trusted and experienced partners, we asked Michael Sallander what advice he would give to a person who just started using BC:

Business Catalyst is the most powerful platform for front-end developers, honestly, there is nothing better. Just about anything you can dream of accomplishing as a front-end developer can be built with Business Catalyst but you will need the front-end development skills to make it happen. Do not expect Business Catalyst to design the site for you or to write your HTML/CSS. Sharpen your HTML, CSS, and javaScript skills and you will find that Business Catalyst is the most powerful, yet flexible sandbox you could ever wish to play in.”

Chicago Digital is one of the most accomplished Business Catalyst developers in the world, having built hundreds of websites on the platform, founding one of the leading BC education sites and running the central marketplace for distributing BC Apps.

 

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Our new section "Site of the week" promotes some of the best accomplished sites, hosted on our platform. If you too have designed a beautiful site that you are proud of, send us an e-mail to bcpartner-team(at)adobe(dot)com. It might become the next "Site of the Week"!


 

 

Redeem your commissions early to receive the money before the Holidays

Diana Iliescu Wednesday, December 16, 2015

In order to help out Partners and have the commission payments received before Christmas, the cut-off date for redeeming your commissions is moved 3 days earlier, to December 17th EOD (applicable for all time zones). Please redeem them* before this date and enjoy the extra money for the Winter Holidays!

*you may redeem your commission once total owing for one currency exceeds $500.