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email marketing month on business catalyst!

Miles Design - Friday, February 21, 2014

When you are the owner of an online business, one of your key strategies should be keeping your clients informed: whether you're launching a new product they might like, an interesting sales campaign or simply telling them what you've been up to. This is where email marketing steps in and helps you deliver that message easy, efficient and fast.

In February BC will talk about email marketing and a series of articles, tutorials and webinars will follow, to analyse this topic in depth.

Click here to find out more

SEO month on business catalyst!

Miles Design - Monday, January 20, 2014
For most online business owners, having their site as a top recommendation on search result pages is a healthy indicator that their business is going places. And this should be indeed part of your BC site’s growth strategy: more visitors = notoriety + more sales + a bigger client database.

This month BC will talk about SEO and a series of articles, tutorials, webinars will follow, to analyse this topic in depth.

http://www.businesscatalyst.com/bc-blog/SEO-month-Business-Catalyst

discontinuing version 2 of the business catalyst admin

Miles Design - Monday, January 20, 2014

Business Catalyst are moving towards completing the decommissioning of the V2 admin interfaces. With a project that started back in 2011, version 3 of the administration interface is now prepared to take over from the old version.

As part of this transition there are two further steps that will be taking place within the next month:

  • Starting with January 15th all users will be automatically transitioned to Version 3 of the admin interface with an option to switch back to V2 if needed
  • Starting with February 5th the option to switch back to V2 will no longer exist, and V3 will remain the only admin interface available.

If you are still working on the old interface, please let us know and we will do our best to help manage and support this transition to the new interface and workflows.

top 5 new business catalyst features

Rob Miles - Friday, February 01, 2013

Below are my top 5 new Business Catalyst features for business owners. If you'd like any help implementing any of these features for your website, please contact us.

1. SEO metadata for pages

 

With the recent January system update, BC have brought the enhanced SEO Metadata tool out of beta. BC will automatically enable the new interface for all sites that don't require migration and newly created sites. If you don't see the new interface, you need to manually run the migration process by visiting: Site Settings > Beta Features > SEO Page Interface, and clicking “Go to the migration page”. Learn more here

2. improved web form and comment security

 

BC has introduced a new native CAPTCHA engine that will be available in parallel with the current engine. They've made it more difficult to visually read, but also more secure against spam bots that base their actions on image detection. You can switch between the existing and new CAPTCHA engines under: Site Settings > Captcha. Learn more here

3. incontext campaign editing for business owners (beta)

 

BC has introduced a new editing experience for business owners that’s intuitive and separates content from style inside your email campaigns. When you go to edit the content of this template, you're only manipulating the raw content itself, and hence are unable to break elements or the overall layout. Learn more here

4. embed dynamic modules inside email campaigns

 

You can now insert dynamic modules such as news items and blog posts inside email marketing campaigns. Using the new specifiable module templates feature, you can easily create and render these modules in a way that’s email newsletter friendly, opposed to simply inserting the web-version of the module. Learn more here

5. new V3 admin interface

 

If you haven't been using it already, I recommend that you switch to the enhanced V3 admin interface. Click the "V3 Preview" in the top right of the admin area. V3 will become the default interface for all users starting with BC's April/early-May system update.

business catalyst system status

Rob Miles - Thursday, January 31, 2013

If you ever feel your Business Catalyst service is behaving strangely, you can check BC's System Status page. This page monitors the live status of the Adobe Business Catalyst service, across all 3 datacentres. If BC experiences any service interruptions, this page will be updated with the details. You can also follow this feed on Twitter (@bc_obnw), RSS and email.

If you are continuing to experience issues while BC is fully operational, please consider:

  1. Contacting Miles Design
  2. Asking on the BC community forums (access via Help & Support within admin console)
  3. Contacting BC Support (access via Help & Support within admin console)

business catalyst january system update

Rob Miles - Thursday, January 31, 2013

Below are my highlights for business owners:

A new, persistent navigation ribbon

 

BC has updated the Admin V3 navigation ribbon for ease-of-use and to make it easier for new users to understand. The new ribbon can persist even when you’re visiting the front-end of your website, and contain the following modes:

  • Preview (a new mode, for previewing the front-end of your site)
  • Manage (formerly “Site Manager”)
  • Content (formerly “Site Editor”)
  • Develop (formerly “File Manager”)

As part of this update, BC is also bringing the new “File Manager” out of alpha and renaming it “Develop” mode. In addition to editing your HTML/CSS/JS files via this mode, you can now also set Page Properties for your site.

A range of Web App enhancements

Based on a lot of valuable feedback from the Partner community, BC has added several enhancements to the Web Apps feature. As of this system update, you’ll be able to:

  • Render a custom page when accessing the root URL of a Web App. For example, if you have a “blog” Web App, the items can be made accessible at /blog/my-blog-post, and you’ll have the ability to customize the /blog page
  • Render Web App items inside a sub-folder, such as /folder/subfolder/webapp-name. For example, you could have /blog/authors/bogdan (where Bogdan is the Web App item name)
  • Instruct BC to not display or index the Web App items of a specific Web App. Today, all Web App item’s URLs can be indexed by search engines. For example, /states/california should throw a 4040 page

Stay tuned for more exciting Web App updates in the near future.

Email marketing list filtering

BC is bringing this great feature out of beta, while introducing a range of new list filters. For full details on this feature, see the previous release notes

Inventory control for products

After extensive testing and integrating the great feedback from the Partner community, BC is finally bringing Product Inventory Control out of beta.

For full details on this feature, please refer to this forum article

SEO Metadata for pages

 

With this latest system update, BC is also bringing the enhanced SEO Metadata tool out of beta. BC will automatically enable the new interface for all sites that don't require migration and newly created sites. If you don't see the new interface, you need to manually run the migration process by visiting Site Settings > Beta Features > SEO Page Interface, and clicking “Go to the migration page”. Read more about this feature here.

Admin V3 default for all users in April/May

BC is giving you 3 months to migrate over to using the new V3 Admin interface, before making it the default interface for all users starting with the April/early-May system update.

Streamlined email marketing editing experience

In line with BC's on-going beta development of the email marketing editing experience, with this system update you’ll notice that they've introduced a new editor and also moved the “Subject” field to the “Content” step of the wizard, for easier reference and editing.

They've also integrated the fantastic Redactor editor in place of the existing WYSIWYG editor, for editing Email Campaign content. If you've enabled the "Visual, in-context editing" beta feature via Site Settings > Beta Features, you'll be able to see the new editor in action. BC is planning to roll this change out across all sections of Business Catalyst in future updates.

SPAM and Security improvements

With this update, BC is updating the SPAM management feature to not send comment workflow emails when a comment is marked as SPAM – keeping your inbox clean.

They're also turning on the Secure Redirect feature for all websites, to ensure a secure experience for your website and it's visitors. If you would like to redirect visitors to external websites from your site, you should add them under Site Settings > Secure Domain Redirection.

For more information on any of these features, please refer to the Business Catalyst Blog or contact us