In 2018, media giant Adobe announced that they would be closing down their web development platform Business Catalyst, along with website building tool Muse as they had reached their ‘end of life’.
Adobe will stop hosting existing sites on Business Catalyst (BC) on March 26th 2020 – after this date, customers’ data will be deleted.
Business Catalyst is a Content Management System (CMS) for hosting, building and managing websites and integrates amongst other features, an ecommerce platform. It is a paid-for service and both customers and web developers have invested large amounts of time and money into this all-in-one system that never really did achieve greatness.
The decision by Adobe really highlights the problems that can occur by getting locked in to a system developed by a commercial entity which has the power to close it down at any time. Of course, there is no guarantee that even open source systems like WordPress and Drupal will continue indefinitely but there is a sense that these platforms are much more dependable with commercial decisions not driving their development.
So where does this leave BC customers?
Clearly, if a business or individual wants to carry their web presence forward then they will need to migrate their site from Business Catalyst to another platform. As highlighted above, WordPress offers the added security of being open source and is highly customisable.
You can develop a WordPress site and it’s yours. You can transfer it to another hosting provider easily. It provides a robust platform for web design and development and the integration of advanced functionality. In our opinion, it is the ideal platform for the migration of your BC site.
Get in touch if you would like to discuss how we can assist with an Adobe Business Catalyst migration.