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The end of one Era, Start of a new

In some rather shocking news, Adobe announced this week that they will discontinue the service of Business Catalyst on 26th March 2020.

This means that we must migrate all our clients sites to a new service within that timeframe.

I'll let that sink in for a moment.   I have heard there is something like 77,000 sites on Adobe Business Catalyst.

They all have to move.

After the initial shock and frustration, I have spent a large part of the last few days reviewing our options and considering what my recommendations are to each of my clients.

Firstly, don't panic. :-)

My research has uncovered several applications that will allow us to easily migrate most sites to one of several hosting options. We will even be looking for ways that will make the new admin area 'familiar' to you, so that the learning curve will be kept to a minimum. Most simple sites, once the migration tools are working, should take about 1-days work time to affect the change.

If you are one of our clients, on our 'Easy Website Manager' hosting platform, please know that we will be in touch in due course to migrate your site. Nothing changes today and the first of our sites will probably start in June.

If you are still concerned, read on;

Some of the key components that I have taken in to account are listed below:

  • What can we do to mitigate the risk of this happening again?
  • Can I take this as a chance to improve my clients web presence?
  • Business Catalyst technology is more than 10 years old, where is the web headed, and can we take advantage of this?
  • When we move, how can we ensure you keep all your client history?
  • If you are using all the of features in Business Catalyst, it is really cheap, how can we offer similar value going forward?
  • Should we manage our own servers, and package up open-source software?

I am not going to answer these questions here, but what I want to show is that you can be assured that we are not going to jump at the first thing that comes along, and we are thinking about the bigger opportunity that this change produces for you, and therefore, us.

Here's to change, may it force us all to keep growing.

Brendan Byrne




Thursday, March 29, 2018