Business Catalyst Blog

BC Sandpile - December meetings

Diana Herac Tuesday, December 03, 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, 1am
  • Sydney: Wednesdays, noon

Integrating Social Media & Business Catalyst - Cash In On Your Passion! 3rd December (4th in AUS) 2013
In this BC Sandpile, Jonathan Hinshaw from Ebway Creative will cover the philosophy of social media and how to incorporate it into your Business Catalyst platform and/or business.
Details: http://thri.se/1cFNjPc

Creating Tags in Business Catalyst 10th December (11th in AUS) 2013
Scott B Reynolds from Thrise and PrestoBC is going to show how to connect different parts of a Business Catalyst site using dynamic tags. This presentation will walk through a web app submission process that creates and assigns tags to web app items.
Details: http://thri.se/1k6eIN3

2013 SEO Update Group Discussion 17th December (18th in AUS) 2013
There have been a lot of changes recently in the search engine world, and we are going to sort through it. Katherine Anderson from Business Catalyst SEO is going to guide the conversation. This is not a presentation but a group discussion on the recent changes (Hummingbird, etc). Please come prepared to participate.
Details: http://thri.se/1k6fb1T

Drop In For A Drink - Open Meeting 24th December (25th in AUS) 2013
This is an open meeting where all Business Catalyst topics are on the table. Or, just drop in for a drink!
Details: http://thri.se/1k6fk5v

Happy New Year - Open Meeting 31st December (1st in AUS) 2013
This is an open meeting where all Business Catalyst topics are on the table. Or, just drop in for a drink!
Details: http://thri.se/1k6fMR8

Full schedule: http://www.bcsandpile.com/_blog/Meeting_Chalkboard/
Sandpile Recordings: http://www.bcsandpile.com/business-catalyst/resources.htm

Episode 32 of the BC Podcast - Huge holiday season giveaway!

Jackson Palmer Thursday, November 28, 2013

Tune in for Episode 32 of the Business Catalyst podcast! In this episode, we cover our upcoming Holiday Parties, hear from the folks at the BC Sandpile, talk about the future "BC app revolution" and more. Don't miss out, 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 from Scott, Ursh and Penny who run the BC Sandpile
  • Learn about our upcoming end of year events
  • Get the latest scoop on the "app revolution" coming to BC in 2014

Win big by answering the quiz!

Answer our quiz question in the comments section below to go in the running to win these great giveaways:

Until next time,
Brent & Jackson

Brass Tacks: A monthly webinar hosted by Liam Dilley and Pretty

Diana Olteanu Wednesday, November 27, 2013


PRETTY has extended its commitment to Training and Supporting the Business Catalyst community by offering FREE group consultation sessions on everything Business Catalyst. Session’s run monthly via webinar, covering hard hitting questions from Beginner to Advanced, as well as general Business Catalyst NEWS / Featured Releases / How To’s / FAQ’s / SEO.  Make sure you put the first session in your calendar: 

  • USA – Wednesday 27th November at 4pm
  • Australia – Thursday 28th November at 11am

Add this event to your calendar

Hosted by Liam Dilley, a leader in the Business Catalyst community he is the Business Catalyst wizard. Sponsored by PRETTY, both having offices in USA | Australia they’re the Business Catalyst website design experts.

Let’s get down to Brass Tacks.

Ask questions

Business Catalyst maintenance on European Datacenter

Magda Neagu Tuesday, November 26, 2013

To ensure the highest security and performance levels for our services, we're applying a hardware and software update on servers located in our European datacenter on November 25th. To minimize the customer impact, the update is scheduled outside the regular business hours, starting at 21:00 CET (20:00 local datacenter time) November 25th. 

During the maintenance procedure the Admin Console Access, Partner Portal, FTP, Dreamweaver extension, Muse, Business Catalyst APIs, Partner registration and Trial site creation will experience service interruptions of up to 10 minutes each  followed by slowness in the front end and back end for customers accessing the sites. 

We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause and assure you we will do our best to finalize the procedure with minimum customer impact. 
The Business Catalyst team. 

Video of the Month: Publish a Lightroom web gallery to a BC website

Diana Olteanu Friday, November 22, 2013

Most of us have tons of photos lying around on our computer somewhere. So why not take some of those photos and enhance the free sites that Business Catalyst includes in your Creative Cloud Subscription

Creating a web photo gallery with Adobe products and hosting it online is easier than you think. With a smart combination of Lightroom, Muse and Business Catalyst, your photo gallery can be up and running in a matter of minutes. Check out the video below to learn how easy it is to upload a Lightroom web gallery to your Business Catalyst site and style it in several simple steps. 



All the products covered by this video are included in the Cloud subscription as a monthly payment:

European BC Partner Christmas Party!

Diana Herac Thursday, November 21, 2013


Join us for the first European Adobe BC Partner Christmas Party! This is a great chance for European BC partners to get together.

Wysi has teamed up with Adobe to offer food, drinks and a free gift for everyone who attends. Just fill in the form below for everyone from your company that would like to come:

RSVP now!

We look forward to seeing you there!

The 2nd Annual US Business Catalyst Holiday Party

Jackson Palmer Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Thrise and PrestoBC will help host the official US Business Catalyst Holiday Party on December 11th this year, and you're invited! Adobe have joined forces with Scott Reynolds and the team again to put together an event full of food, drink, socializing, and great prizes (see below). There’s no better way to make connections than to meet other Business Catalyst Partners in person.

Prizes:

  • 1 year of the Creative Cloud
  • 1 spot at BC Academe (Level 1 Class)
  • 1 TribeVita Template
  • 12 month subscription to BC Client Training
  • Several book giveaways
  • T-shirts, and other Adobe swag
  • More coming soon…

REGISTER HERE

See you there!
Adobe Business Catalyst

Business Catalyst scheduled maintenance

Magda Neagu Tuesday, November 19, 2013

To ensure the highest security and performance levels for our services, we're applying a hardware and software update on servers located in our Dublin, Virginia and Sydney datacenters. To minimize the customer impact, the updates are scheduled at the most convenient hours for the region and will take up to eight hours to complete.
During the maintenance procedure the Admin Console Access, Partner Portal, FTP, Dreamweaver extension, Muse, Business Catalyst APIs, Partner registration and Trial site creation will experience 2 service interruptions of up to 30 minutes each (first one at the beginning and the second at the end), impacting sites on ALL datacenters. 
Additionally, throughout the maintenance procedure, website front-ends for sites located in the respective Datacenter that have heavy database usage my experience service interruptions of maximum 5 minutes. 
Please find below the maintenance schedule and the list of affected services:

Start of maintenance Duration Datacenter Customer impact
 November 21st 2013, 08:00 EET
Check local time here
8 hours Dublin
  • 2 x 30 minutes service interruptions for Admin Console Access, Partner Portal, FTP, Dreamweaver extension, Muse, Business Catalyst APIs, Partner registration, Trial site creation; this will impact sites on all datacenters
    • Several intermittent website front-end interruptions for some sites on Dublin datacenter
November 22nd 2013 14:00 EET
Check local time here
8 hours Sydney
  • 2 x 30 minutes service interruptions for Admin Console Access, Partner Portal, FTP, Dreamweaver extension, Muse, Business Catalyst APIs, Partner registration, Trial site creation; this will impact sites on all datacenters
    • Several intermittent website front-end interruptions for some sites on Sydney datacenter
November 23rd, 2013 10:00 EET 
Check local time here
8 Hours Virginia
  • 2 x 30 minutes service interruptions for Admin Console Access, Partner Portal, FTP, Dreamweaver extension, Muse, Business Catalyst APIs, Partner registration, Trial site creation; this will impact sites on all datacenters
    • Several intermittent website front-end interruptions for some sites on Virginia datacenter

For up to date information about system status, check the Business Catalyst System Status page.
We apologize for any inconveniences generated by these service interruptions. Please make sure that your customers and team members are aware of these important updates.
Thank you for your understanding and support,
The Adobe Business Catalyst Team

Announcing the Business Catalyst November release

Magda Neagu Saturday, November 16, 2013

On Monday, November 18th, a new release of Business Catalyst is scheduled to take place.  Besides features such as the New InContext Editor becoming default and customization options for shopping cart summary, the release also brings a series of bug fixes. Check out below what you can expect.

New Content Editor default on all sites


Over the past few months we have integrated a new content editor for the front end of your websites. This will allow Small Business Owners to edit their pages in a more friendly environment and without jeopardizing the layout of the page. 


The editor will become default for all sites starting with this release, allowing all our customers to take advantage of the latest features on all latest browsers.

In case you still want your customers to use the previous editing experience you can turn the new editor off from Site Settings > Beta Features > Content management > Upgraded Content Editor. The new editor is focused on preserving the design integrity, while still allowing your customer access to a more complex and complete editing tool. 

As the new editor takes over, our old editing experience will become unavailable in the next 2 months, so make sure you transition your customers over to the new experience as soon as possible. 

Easily customize your shopping cart summary module

Starting with this release you will be able to implement a custom experience on your shopping cart summary using custom templates for module_shoppingcartsummary. Here's an article on how to set this up and what tags can be used in the custom template.

Announcing the decommissioning of V2

As we move into the new year we plan on decommissioning the old V2 interfaces and move all our sites to the new and improved version 3. The current plan is to discontinue the old admin interface in end of January 2014, removing the switch from the admin that allowed partners to move between versions.

This will allow us to focus on improvements to version 3, and improve our documentation and support efforts.

With this step we close a long and arduous process that has seen us move away from an old structure and into a new and improved interface. 

Automatically white-listing of E-mail campaign links

To improve the experience of e-mail campaign editing and sending we have automated the white-listing of links included in newsletters. From now on, Business Catalyst will rely on a series of parameters when linking back from a newsletter, removing the necessity of partners and customers to white-list the URLs they planed to include in campaigns.

We hope this step will improve your experience in working with our e-mail marketing engine.

As always, we have a series of bug fixes and feature improvements that are listed on our forums, so check out the Technical release details there.

We hope you will enjoy this release and look forward to your feedback.

The Business Catalyst team

November 13th 2013 BC Partner Webinar recording

Diana Olteanu Thursday, November 14, 2013

Thanks to those of you who attended our BC webinar with Scott B Reynolds.

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


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

Wed, December 11th: Responsive Design with Paul Cheney, Ph.D. from Spartan Design Web

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.