[BC 2004 -2020 / AD 2021]
The announcement of Adobe's end of life for (BC) Business Catalyst was a shock for many customers and has left you and thousands like you forced to find an alternative software platform.
We have created a 10 step migration plan below for you to help minimise the impact on your business and offer a seamless solution for the transition of your website. We believe it’s possible upon migration, if you follow the process, to experience higher rankings and improved site performance.
Choose your content management system (CMS) to replace BC. If you’re not sure where to start here is a list of the popular options you could look at. It is important to understand what you're using in BC to determine what system would best suit you and your business and possibly what plans you have for automation in the future if any.
compare to BC
Usability - 90%
|WordPress||Usability - 70%
Power - 90%
Support - 70%
Edit Freedom - 50%
Core Functionality - 20%
Content Heavy - 60%
Relys onPlugins - 100% (Fully)
Usability - 95%
|Wix||Usability - 90%
Power - 60%
Support - 80%
Edit Freedom - 80%
Core Functionality - 90%
Content Heavy - 55%
Relys on Plugins - 30%
|Shopify||Usability - 85%
Power - 80%
Support - 60%
Edit Freedom - 50%
Core Functionality - 70%
Content Heavy - 80%
Relys on Plugins - 80%
Crawl your existing website and list all the pages. Extract existing page names, page titles, page summary and page url's and then create a spreadsheet with all information. There are tools available to help do this for example https://www.screamingfrog.co.uk/seo-spider/
This will help gather all your SEO meta tags you have in place and not lose any ground in Google ranking. This is a good time to analyse & perhaps improve your meta tags to make sure you're maximising the potential of keywords. if you need help please get in contact with us.
Benchmark the performance of your website before you move away from BC. If you have access to your Google Analytics account you should be able to take a snapshot of how your site is performing over the last year and now. This way you can measure the success of your new website and to quickly identify any traffic gains/loss after migration.
Do a content audit, is all the content on your website relevant and up to date? Do you need to add, update or remove pages, products and other content. It may be a good time to do this.
Create a new sitemap of all the pages and content of your website so you can clearly see the structure and adjusts if needed. You could use the spreadsheet from step 2. This can also be used to create re-directs if needed.
Choose the web platform you want to use. Create the design & framework for your website on a staging platform and make ready for importing content from BC. Depending on the complexity of your BC website may determine what CMS to use.
Export all the content from BC into excel/spreadsheet and then make the file ready for importing into your new website for quick content population. Depending on the platform you decide to use will depend on how hard or easy the import process will be. If able, Import the content into your new website, this will save you a lot of time in populating your website.
Optimise the website for SEO. Make sure all your metadata is in place and you have created redirects where necessary so you don't lose your Google ranking.
Udo allows you to drag and drop information straight from your BC website into your new Udo site including text, images and videos for quick content population saving hours of your time. Also has a powerful importing tool.
Images of the Business Catalyst Exporting Tools below
It is important to test your new website in the testing environment.
Quick Go-Live Check list.
Time to go Live!
Once live test all pages, contact forms & links again to make sure all is working properly. Go through the above checklist again now you are live. Test, test and test again.
When you are happy with everything then submit the new website to Google. Don't forget to update the sitemap. Check your Google tracking codes are working properly.
Now it is time to monitor the performance of the site. Keep a close eye on how the new website is tracking. You will see fluctuations while the website settles, this is normal. The focus now is improving on-site performance. Good Luck!
If you want to discuss any of the above or you need help please don't hesitate to give us a call on 1300 836 932.