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adding a facebook like button to your BC blog posts

Rob Miles - Thursday, December 09, 2010

Adding a Facebook "Like" button to your BC blog posts is a great way to encourage social media sharing within your community and spread your content across the web.

What's even better is that it takes just seconds to implement.

Click here to get started

a sneak peak at BC v3

Rob Miles - Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Today Business Catalyst released a sneak peak of the preliminary UI design for the new dashboard - click below to enlarge. BC V3 is going to have more of a 'desktop' feel where each module or feature is contained within an App that is launched from the BC Dashboard. For example, to manage your blogs, you will open the Blog App, for your photos you will have a Galleries App, ecommerce gets a Store App, the CRM gets a Customers App and well, you get the idea. The aim of this approach is to provide for all of your end-to-end workflows within individual apps rather than trying to make you skip around the system. We would only turn on the Apps that you need to run your Online Business to keep the system easy for you and the side dashboard navigation menu uncluttered.

Furthermore BC will be building the whole UI in HTML not Flex (turning BC into an Air App) as some have feared so it will work in all your favourite browsers. One of BC's primary UI requirements is to be accessible from iOS devices as well so you will be able to use BC from an iPad! As the BC team builds more and more of the App we'll be able to sneak more previews and details over the coming months.

new datacentre live for asia pacific region

Rob Miles - Friday, August 20, 2010
Great news for online businesses hosted in the Asia Pacific region especially in Australia and New Zealand! Adobe Business Catalyst's new Asia-Pacific Datacentre, located in Sydney, is now online and all new Online Businesses that are being created with 'Australia' chosen as the data center location will reside on the brand new hardware there.

This is an important milestone in building a more reliable and scalable platform for partners to deploy Online Businesses on. In the last 9 months, BC has built and deployed 3 new data centres in 3 geographies across USA, Europe, and Asia-Pacific. They are now all accepting new sites.

new dns management tools released

Rob Miles - Saturday, June 19, 2010

BC has recently launched a new and powerful set of DNS Management Tools for your BC sites.

In this post, we'll show you how to get started with the new DNS tools and point you towards the relevant articles and resources.

1. Check out the refreshed interface

Our new DNS tools give you full control over the DNS settings for your BC sites.

Simply navigate to Admin > Manage Your Domain to access the updated interface.

From here you can:

  1. Setup Domain Names - add your own domain names choose whether you want to host your Domain name externally or re-delegate to your Business Catalyst sites.
  2. Forward Domains - allowing you to forward your www records to your non-www records, solving canonical domain issues and helping your SEO.
  3. Setup A records - create sub-domains for your site and choose the start page, country and culture for them.
  4. Setup CNAME records - add any number of sub-domains and point them to externally hosted websites and services, or to another A record that you've created on your site
  5. Setup MX Records - quickly and easily set up external hosted mail services
  6. Setup Advanced records - add your own TXT, SPF, SRV or AAAA records

2. Read the brand new DNS tutorial

As with all new feature releases, BC has updated our documentation to provide clients with a detailed run-through of how to use the new DNS management features.

To familiarise yourself with the new DNS setup process, it's important you refer to the following article:

The article will explain the process for adding new domain names, all the way through to setting up sub-domains and externally hosted mail services with MX Records.

3. Issues? Check the troubleshooting guide

To help you troubleshoot DNS issues yourself without waiting on a Support ticket, BC has put together a handy troubleshooting guide, sharing their own personal tips for diagnosing DNS-related issues.

Please note that DNS re-delegation is not an instant process - you may need to wait for the changes to propagate before the domain name update becomes effective. If the changes are not visible within 48 hours, please follow the steps outlined in the troubleshooting guide prior to submitting a Support ticket.

remove unused tags from your blogs

Rob Miles - Saturday, June 19, 2010

You can now delete blog tags from Business Catalyst when you aren't using them anymore. You just need to click the little 'delete' icon next to each tag to remove the tag permanently from the system. This is a welcome update... thanks BC!

new and improved site search

Rob Miles - Saturday, June 19, 2010

On May 15, Business Catalyst engineers 'flicked the switch' to enable the new site search engine for all BC sites. Both the site search (which searches forums, blog posts, web-app items, products etc) and product search (which searches products only) are powered by the same upgraded engine.

The Result:

  • Speed: The new site search is exponentially faster period. Where we used to measure site search result generation in seconds, we are now measuring in milliseconds in the latest performance tests. Even on large sites like businesscatalyst.com, search results are being returned almost instantaneously for commonly occurring keywords.
  • Search Terms Highlighted in Results: In the text blurb displayed below the result link the search will now display the text fragment that surrounds the search terms to give a better context for the result. The search terms themselves will be highlighted. In the past the system would display the first paragraph of the item description.