A major announcement was made by Adobe recently about ending their Business Catalyst. It was in the year 2009 when Adobe acquired Business catalyst. Adobe’s objective was to create and set up an all-in-one CMS that allows businesses to manage their website. Business catalyst also includes sales, services and marketing features. March 26th, 2020 is the last date of its existence.
Many software companies and digital marketing agencies recommended this CMS platform to their clients. In-fact, businesses trust Adobe and its solutions, therefore, keep on purchasing Adobe services. However, this move will be a huge revenue loss to Adobe as worldwide revenue generated from Business Catalyst is around $30 million.
Concerned, if your website hosted on the catalyst platform
Relax and calm if your website is not hosted on the catalyst platform. Having said that, it is important for businesses to know about hosting platforms and have control of your website. However, businesses using catalyst platform, it’s time to migrate to a new CMS Platform. Adobe is stopping existing hosting sites both free and paid on the Catalyst platform on March 26th, 2020. If you don’t want to lose your business and opportunities, It’s time to download website data and migrate to other systems. Post-26th Adobe will not be liable for your data.
There are a number of options available to host your website. Explore some of the best CMS alternatives for your businesses
It was launched in 2003 and if there is one CMS that most people have heard of, it is WordPress. It is easy to use, and WordPress directory has thousands of plugins available that can help you change the dynamic functionalities of your website e.g. to make your site an online store use WooCommerce or from email marketing plugin create a signup form.
The reason why it is a great alternative to migrate from Adobe BC is that it is an open-source platform. Currently, there are many popular brands, blogs and eCommerce sites using WordPress. Both WordPress and Adobe BC have integrated Search Engine Optimization (SEO). However, WordPress offers better SEO. Businesses can very easily find budget-friendly WordPress experts being an open-source platform. The only concern is that WordPress is not hosted like Business Catalyst and therefore, businesses have to take care of hosting their WordPress site.
If your plan is to stay with the SaaS model solution for your website, then another CMS that’s very similar to Adobe BC in many ways is Kentico. The features or components of Kentico are well integrated with each other like Adobe Business Catalyst.
Kentico is an all-inclusive ASP.NET content management system (CMS) that was founded in 2014, eCommerce and online marketing solutions for small medium and large enterprises, both on-premise or in the cloud. This CMS comes with an easy-to-editing interface in a browser, giving website owners the freedom to edit their website content anytime and anywhere.
Another option that you can evaluate against Adobe Business Catalyst is Wix is a cloud-based web development platform. Wix lets you create HTML5 and mobile-optimized websites easily and offers great freedom with site design. The platform offers a drag-and-drop system, and by installing plugins, you can add more functionality to your website. Last year in February 2019 Wix released Turbo, which outstandingly increases the performance and speed of websites.
What makes Wix a good fit against Adobe BC is that Wix has over 50+ integrations to help businesses build the site with ease. To improve website ranking, one can create a customized SEO plan. It offers a lot of premium plans for regular, eCommerce, and business websites that is starting from $5 per month.
All-in-one solution for developing business websites is Squarespace website builder, another alternative to Adobe BC. When it comes to security or web content creation, Squarespace tops Business Catalyst. It has custom templates that make your website look eye-catching. You can go for Squarespace if you are migrating to an eCommerce website from BC to represent your products creatively and to make a modern eCommerce site.
It started at around the same time as WordPress, but it is not open-source. Squarespace is a hosted SaaS platform like Adobe BC. So you can’t download the software and install it on your own server. This platform also has many themes and site builder that is easy to use.
If you don’t have any previous website development experience or you want to make your site up and running in a short time. You just need to sign up for a subscription, and Squarespace makes it easy to build a website from scratch.
It is high time for businesses to start looking for the alternative of Adobe Business Catalyst. You can find multiple CMS not mentioned above as an alternative to Adobe BC. All CMS come with their pros and cons. The decision to migrate to specific CMS depends on your expectations and requirements. Having said that, we strongly recommend WordPress as the best alternative for Business Catalyst. It is an open-source platform, well known and tested platform by many world’s best businesses.
According to recent research, WordPress is the world’s most popular CMS with a 60.8% market share in the CMS market, powering 34% of all websites on the internet. 500+ sites are built each day using WordPress while only 60-80 per day are built on platforms like Shopify and Squarespace.
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