Announcing our October 2012 System Update

- Monday, October 15, 2012
October 2012 System Update

We’re excited to bring you all the details of our upcoming October system update, due go live next week.

Please take the time to read through the new features, enhancements and relevant documentation below, so you and your clients are prepared and able to take advantage of these new improvements. For a more technical and in-depth list of features/bugs being delivered, read the release notes post on the BC Forums.

New feature highlights

Level 1 PCI Compliance
We’re happy to announce that Adobe Business Catalyst is now certified Level 1 PCI DSS compliant.

If you’re not familiar with PCI, the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council’s mission is to enhance payment account data security by driving education and awareness of the PCI Security Standards. They created the PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), designed to prevent, detect, and react to security incidents.

All Level 1 PCI DSS compliant service providers must undergo an annual independent audit by a Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) to confirm compliant status. 

If required, the following documents are available upon request from BC support:

  • The Attestation of Compliance, signed by both Adobe Business Catalyst and the QSA
  • The most recent quarterly scan by a PCI SSC Approved Scanning Vendor

For more information regarding PCI, see the PCI Security Standards Council website at:

Support for SFTP connections
Business Catalyst now supports the SSH File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) protocol when connecting to sites remotely via Dreamweaver or other supported clients.

The SFTP protocol encrypts both user credentials (username/password) and the data being transferred.

SFTP support

We recommend all users switch to using the SFTP protocol starting today, to ensure the security of sites being connected to. For information on making the switch and a list of supported clients, please refer to the following article: Connecting to your site using SFTP. The switch is as easy as:

  1. Editing your connection in Dreamweaver or preferred FTP client
  2. Changing the protocol from FTP to SFTP

Please note: We will close regular, plain text FTP support by December this year.

With this update, new sites setup in Dreamweaver will use SFTP by default.

Improved spam management for comments and forums

Following on from our recent integration of Akismet for tackling Comment spam, we’ve extended this feature to now manage spam for the Forums module. This feature sits seamlessly alongside the manual “mark as spam” feature for Forums, and works the same way as Akismet filtering for Comments does today. For more information on spam filtering for forums, refer to this article: Managing spam on Forums.

Improved SPAM management

For Comments, we’ve also enhanced spam options, allowing you to set the system to automatically delete comments and associated CRM records if filtered by Akismet. Check out the updated article for details on setting this up.

Introducing our “Beta features” program
We’re introducing a new opt-in beta program, so you can easily take new features or system enhancements for a test drive, while they’re still in the development and testing phase. The goal of this program is to gather your valuable feedback on new features, and make sure they’re production ready before rolling them out across all sites. Our new “Beta features” screen can be accessed under “Site Settings” from the Admin Console, and lets you opt-in on a feature-by-feature basis, per client site.

Beta features

As the “beta” label implies, it’s important to remember that these features are still in active development and do not represent the finished product. Read on for details of two great new features we’re opening up in this system update via this new beta program – we’d love to hear your feedback!

Other updates this month:

Product inventory control for attributes (beta)
This much anticipated feature enables your clients to manage product inventory and stock levels based on what we now call “variations”. You can enable this on a site-by-site basis from the new Site Settings > Beta Features section of the Admin Console.

Inventory control for product attributes

Email list segmentation (beta)
In order to send a targeted email campaign in the past, your client has been required to first create a custom report to filter their customer database, then go back and create the campaign. We’re simplifying this process by enabling business owners to segment their customer database and create targeted mailing lists during actual campaign creation. This new feature is accessible in beta from the new Site Settings > Beta Features section of the Admin Console.

Support for Internationalized domain names
We’re opening up support for Internationalized domain names in Business Catalyst, which consist of characters from scripts other than English – such as Chinese, Arabic, or Russian. Adding and modifying IDNs will follow the same process as regular domain names.

Enhancements to the new Module/Tag Toolbox
We’ve completed the rollout of the new Module/Tag Toolbox across the v3 Admin Console for both Partners and their clients. Based on customer feedback, we’ve also tweaked the way in which the toolbox displays for business owners versus Partner users – by default, the toolbox will now initially be closed for business owners when editing pages, email newsletters etc.

We hope you enjoy this month’s system update, and look forward to bringing you even more great improvements in November, stay tuned!