How to Survive the Business Catalyst Apocalypse

by | Aug 5, 2018 | News, Web Development

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  • According to Adobe, the Business Catalyst platform will be completely shut down on March 26, 2021.
  • On that date, businesses using the platform that have not yet finished migrating their data will lose everything.
  • Find out if your website will be extinct here.
  • You have several options for migrating your website including re-publishing to a new hosting service, downloading your website assets and transferring to a new host or rebuilding your site on a different platform.
  • If your business’ website will be affected, Comit can provide advice and options to help you determine your best course of action, as well as handle the actual site migration process.
  • With more than 15 years of extensive experience with both Business Catalyst and WordPress sites, our team can make your site migration as easy and smooth as possible.

In today’s digital-driven world, a website is an integral part of every successful business venture. For a website to provide real value, though, it needs to be well designed, easy to manage and inherently stable. That formed the core promise of a SaaS platform known as Business Catalyst. Founded in 2004 and acquired by Adobe Systems in 2009, the Business Catalyst platform offers an all-in-one solution for businesses to design, host and manage their websites.

Business Catalyst doesn’t stop there, though. It also offers a suite of tools to help businesses manage sales, marketing and customer services via their websites. That combination made it a top draw in the hosted business web services arena for years, but earlier this year (2018) Adobe announced its plans to discontinue the service.

The End of Adobe Business Catalyst

According to Adobe, the Business Catalyst platform will be completely shut down on March 26, 2021.

On that date, all servers connected to the service will cease to function, which means that businesses using the platform need to finish the process of migrating all of their data off of those servers by the shutdown date to avoid losing everything. If you or your company uses Business Catalyst for a website, now is the time to start making some decisions regarding your next steps.

Not sure what platform your website is using? No problem! Find out if your website will be affected by end of Adobe Business Catalyst.

Migrating Away From Business Catalyst

If your business is facing the unenviable task of migrating a website away from the Business Catalyst service, you’ll need to begin figuring out what steps to take to transfer your data to a new hosting service. Your options in that regard will depend on the nature of the site itself. Common methods include, but may not be limited to:

  • Re-publishing to a new hosting service directly for websites designed using Adobe Muse (which is also being discontinued)
  • Downloading website assets via FTP for transfer to a new host
  • Downloading individual files containing product lists, customer lists, blog posts and other site-specific data
  • Taking the opportunity to redesign or update your current site on a new platform

Getting Support

Depending on the complexity of the website in question, you may find that you require assistance in making sense of your migration options.

You can’t afford to get left behind in the apocalypse and when working with Comit, you can rest assured that won’t happen. Our skilled web designers and technical experts have more than 15 years of experience working with Business Catalyst and WordPress sites. We can help you navigate the website migration process and we’ll provide you with options to help you decide the best course of action. With extensive experience using both platforms, our team can seamlessly migrate websites from Business Catalyst to WordPress in record time.

Why WordPress?

WordPress hosts one-third of the world’s websites and is backed by a community of users—not a single corporation—so the worries of potentially losing your website and having to migrate to a new content management system again can be put to rest. WordPress offers benefits like:

  • Frequent improvements made by its community of users
  • Easy to update and maintain backend
  • Thousands of plugins to achieve nearly any functionality

Remember, no matter what you plan to do, the clock is already ticking. March 26, 2021, may seem far, but time passes quickly when you’re dealing with the migration of an entire website from one platform to another. Don’t wait until the last minute – contact us today so we can help you decide the appropriate move forward for your business website.


Comit Developers has been developing WordPress sites for over 20 years. As a result of several mergers and acquisitions, Comit has emerged as an expert in website design and development for an array of industries. Follow our company blog to learn about our team, our process, and the latest industry news.

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