Adobe Business Catalyst – Shutdown Extension
Business Catalyst EOL Extended by 6 Months
Today, Adobe extended the shutdown of its Business Catalyst platform by a further 6 months. Here is the official statement:
As the situation with COVID-19 unfolds it is clear we are in unprecedented times which has created profound uncertainty worldwide. We understand that for many clients their Business Catalyst site underpins their business and we’d like to try to help avoid further disruption where we can.
We do remain committed to our goal to discontinue the platform, but to try to alleviate the stress as we all come to terms with working under these new circumstances, we are announcing an extension to Business Catalyst End-of-Life date by six months. The new end of life date is now 26 September 2021, after which date the service will be taken offline.
For further information regarding End-of-Life, refer to: https://businesscatalyst.com/.
Our team is here to support you during these challenging times, and we hope this helps you with your site migration plans. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions.
Stay safe and healthy,
The Adobe Business Catalyst Team
The History of Adobe Business Catalyst
Business Catalyst (BC) is a content management system (CMS) that was released in 2004 by 2 Australian entrepreneurs, Bardia Housman and Adam Broadway.
The all-in-one CMS was designed to allow users to build, host and manage their website, host email accounts, run ecommerce, integrate a CRM, send newsletters, manage their DNS and more.
It is unique from other platforms, in that it allows partners to receive commission from hosting fees.
In August of 2009, Business Catalyst was acquired by Adobe Systems. Within the following 2-3 years we saw a few attempts by Adobe to promote the the platform, although these efforts quickly fell by the wayside and their focus seemed to shift quickly to other ventures.
In 2018, Adobe announced that the platform would be shutdown on March 26th 2020. Since then, they have extended the shut down date on two occasions.
What Happens to my Adobe BC Website?
We suggest that you move your website away from the Adobe BC platform ASAP. Although the shutdown will not take affect for over 12 months, Adobe is no longer providing support or maintenance. In particular, if your business emails are hosted on BC, it would be wise to migrate them to a new hosting platform sooner rather than later.
There are programs that allow you to copy your website from Adobe BC to another platform like WordPress. However, this shortcut will significantly impact your ability to maintain the website moving forward.
For this reason, in most cases, your website will need to be re-developed in a way that is compatible with WordPress. This is also a great opportunity to upgrade the look and feel of your website at the same time.