Business Catalyst Blog

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.

Support availability during the winter holidays

Mihai Tica Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Another busy year is coming to its end and an exciting year lies ahead. In order to get ready for a fresh new start, our Support team will benefit from a well-deserved few days’ rest, so we will be adjusting our schedule over the holiday season accordingly.

Please find our team's availability during the holiday period outlined in the table below.


December 25 Emergencies/incidents only
December 26 weekend
December 27 weekend
December 28 Limited coverage
December 29 Limited coverage
December 30 Limited coverage
December 31 Emergencies/incidents only
January 1 Emergencies/incidents only

Site of the week: Alchemy Restaurant

Roxana Moldovan Monday, December 14, 2015


Business Catalyst Site of the week is Alchemy Restaurant, designed by Cassandra Robson from  Cassaè Designs. The site created for Alchemy Restaurant & Bar, “one of Brisbane's best fine dining restaurants with exceptional food and million dollar view" took 6 weeks to complete.

According to Cassandra Robson (web developer & graphic designer), the site owes its be autiful design and friendly interface to specific BC features, such as: Webforms , Event Modules, Ad rotators and Web Apps , that allow the client to easily update specific information (rotating home page slider, testimonials, logo displays). 

The biggest challenge Cassandra encountered while using our platform was making sure a site looks good across every type of browser.

"I have been using Business Catalyst for nearly 6 years. As a website designer with limited server side scripting knowledge, BC gave me the ability to offer my clients all the features they were asking for to run their online business and interact with their clients. The more you know... the more you need to know. BC has many capabilities and as you learn how each component comes together you can start to get creative with how you implement them into your websites." (Cassandra Robson)

Cassaè Designs is a Business Catalyst Partner web designer based in Hawthorne Brisbane, Australia.

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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"!

Webinar recording: Decrease Your Development Costs with BC Apps

Diana Iliescu Friday, December 11, 2015

Thanks to those of you who attended our December's BC webinar with Michael Sallander.
In this webinar Mike Sallander revealed how you can lower your development costs by using Business Catalyst apps during the build out of the website.

If you were unable to join us live, check out the webinar recording here: Decrease Your Development Costs with BC Apps.

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

Don't miss our December 9th webinar: Decrease Your Development Costs with BC Apps

Diana Iliescu Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Learn how you can lower your development costs by using Business Catalyst apps during the build out of the website. Mike Sallander, owner of the BC App Store, will show practical use cases and implementations so you can walk away knowing how you can apply these apps to your next Business Catalyst website.

Wed, December 9th: Decrease Your Development Costs with BC Apps

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, until the next renewal. Coupon validity: 31-Dec-2015, 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

Episode 51 of the BC Podcast – Urszula Richards

Scott Reynolds Monday, December 07, 2015

In this month’s interview Urszula Richards from onlineiq shares her experiences as a Business Catalyst Partner.

Tune in for Episode 51 of the Business Catalyst podcast!

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:

  • We learn how Urszula Richards got started with Business Catalyst
  • How Virtual Assistants can be a great resource for BC Partners
  • Urszula answers questions from the Business Catalyst community

During this interview, Urszula shares a lot of what she has learned over the years. I’m focusing on what she shared about Virtual Assistants, but you should listen to the entire interview to get the most out of her experiences.

Virtual Assistant Use Cases

Getting Clients
A Virtual Assistants (VA) is often hired for administrative tasks, but there’s no reason not to use a VA to help drive business. Urszula had great success when she tasked her VA to look up local graphic designers with only a few websites in their portfolio. A lack of websites could mean they are struggling with web. Once her VA came back with a list of potential designers, Urszula made the most of Business Catalyst’s email marketing to send out an email campaign to the list. It worked. Urszula not only made high quality relationships with many of the designers, she continues to get referrals from that campaign. One of those graphic designers is now Urzula’s go-to designer.

Support
The more sites you build, the more support requests you receive. This can cripple productivity. Urszula solves this by leveraging her Virtual Assistant as first level support. In most cases the VA responds to the support request and adds the work order to Trello for Ursh’s developers to take over.

Urszula’s tips on using a Virtual Assistant:

  • Get really clear about the type of support you need.
  • Understand how much work your VA can take on. If you take on a big project your VA may not have the additional time to help support the project.
  • Distinguish tasks which require little training, supervision and risk vs business critical ones which require a considerable time investment in training. This has implications for what you invest in training and how much of a commitment you ask (eg. how available are they on a weekly basis, and/or what their longer term employment terms are). Once a VA has proved the quality of their work, it can require less supervision.
  • It’s important to encourage your clients to use your support system. You want to ensure things don’t get lost, and you can follow the thread of a support request even when you are not directly involved (or need to take over).
  • Decide when virtual is not enough. You may come to a point where you need someone in-house and in-person.

To learn more, listen to the entire interview.

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Tutorial of the month - How to Build An App in Adobe Business Catalyst

Diana Iliescu Friday, November 27, 2015

Watch Mike Sallander explain step-by-step how you can get started building apps for Adobe Business Catalyst. Mike will share an organized list of resources that will get you on your way to building your first app. He will then walkthrough a demo of how he built the Solid Company Settings app in approximately 2 hours.

Watch How to Build An App Video

Below are the topics that are discussed in this tutorial:

Programming Languages You Need to Know
In this tutorial, Mike will show you some of the jQuery, JavaScript, JSON and Liquid Markup needed to build apps in Business Catalyst.

Business Catalyst SDK
Learn how to implement and utilize the existing Business Catalyst SDK to perform simple functions to retrieve and write data to Business Catalyst’s API.

Get Started
Mike will go over techniques to quickly getting started with apps. Building apps for BC is constantly evolving, so these techniques may not represent current best practices but will get you set up with a simple app in a few hours.

Solid Company Settings
This app gives developers an easy, standardized way of inserting company information across the entire website, using Schema.org rich snippets. This also enables the small business owner to simply update their company information across the site. Watch as this app is developed from start to finish.

Learn how to build a Business Catalyst App Today