NEWS: Adobe Announces the End of Business Catalyst
Adobe has announced the end of development for Business Catalyst as of March 26th, 2018, and that by March 26, 2020 any data still on Business Catalyst will be deleted and all website will become unavailable for the public. New sites will no longer be available for purchase starting June 18th, 2018.
Business Catalyst was originally released in 2004 by Bardia Housman and Adam Broadway, and 5 years later was purchased by Adobe. The platform offered features such as:
- Content management
- Email marketing
- Integrated CRM database
- Reporting & analytics
With this announcement Adobe has forced its users to make some tough decisions in the next few months. For those Business Catalyst users who are now scrambling to find a new place for their websites Adobe will allow the download of their website to their computer.
Alternative to Business Catalyst and Muse
One of the options available is to migrate their websites to BlueCamroo’s Website Development Platform (WDP), which is an integral part of BlueCamroo, which is a fully integrated business solution. The WDP will give webmasters access to a more robust system to manage their websites as well as create new ones for free.
About BlueCamroo’s WDP
The Website Development Platform (WDP) is a legacy product developed exploiting knowledge and experience that we acquired from Voloper OpenSites WDP and the VGM eCommerce platforms.
OpenSites WDP and VGM have been used since 2002 to build over 12,000 websites and eCommerce stores around the globe that are still being used today.
The WDP with BlueCamroo is not only a website builder, it also allows you to host and manage live websites and can provide you with business intelligence. Other integral functionalities of BlueCamroo include: CRM, Project Management, Customer Support, Workflow Automation, Social CRM, Collaboration, Email Marketing, Invoicing and Billing, Time and Expense Tracking and more.
The WDP's core components give you access to a multitude of tools to create vibrant, responsive, and productive websites easily. They include an easy-to-use Content Management System (CMS) to manage the content on your sites, the framework that controls Templates, Pages, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), Forms, Customer Databases, and more. A handy Site Search feature allows visitors to discover for themselves the content of your website.
Along with these core components, added features include:
- Full eCommerce capabilities
- Blogging and Content Management with Push Content Scheduling
- Sharing Images through an Image Gallery
- Event Calendar
- Banner Ad Management
- Job Boards
With the WDP, BlueCamroo Users can create as many websites as you want with any of the modules you need for free. Please note that standard low web-hosting fees apply.
Agencies Creating and Managing Multiple Websites for Clients
Digital Marketing and Web Design Agencies can reap even more benefits as the WDP connects to our already highly regarded Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Project Management System.
Agencies, by using BlueCamroo’s Project Management functionality, will be able to easily create web projects to expedite the creation of websites, making sure that no step is skipped and the project is completed on time and on budget.
Agencies will also benefit from the WDP Dashboard which will give them a comprehensive look at all their live hosted websites including hosting performance, analytics, active web projects and billing.
To talk to a BlueCamroo expert about the WDP and how you can upload your Business Catalyst websites to the WDP schedule a personalized demo today.