While we have provided some feature comparisons
between Adobe Business Catalyst and alternative
modern CMS’s, do not select your new platform
based on like-for-like features.
It is likely that your business’s requirements have
changed since you first selected Business Catalyst as
a CMS of choice. We highly recommending taking
the time to rescope your online marketing needs.
Before you get started...
Please note that the following comparison chart only
lists the features present in Adobe Business Catalyst
(WebCommerce) and maps them to comparative
features in our selected alternative CMS platforms.
We make no attempt to rate the quality of each
available feature across the platforms. Nor do we list
the features available in the comparison platforms
that are not present in Adobe Business Catalyst.
Wordpress Drupal Kentico Magento
Dashboard Basic website analytics Yes 3rd party plugin 3rd party plugin No No
Notifications feed Yes 3rd party plugin Yes Yes Yes
Site Manager Live page edit Yes 3rd party plugin No Yes No
WYSIWYG page editor Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Web parts / shortcodes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Rollback page versions Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Template management Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Page optimisation (SEO) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Module customisation Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Content holders (widgets) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Menu management Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Click to download the full comparison table
Preparing for migration
In order to prepare for migration to a new website platform,
it will be necessary for you to provide your web designer or
digital agency with two important pieces of information:
1. Your marketing plan or business strategy (in many
cases, this may be delivered as a part of the verbal brief)
2. Access to your Adobe Business Catalyst platform for
However, if you wish to take matters into your own hands,
we have provided a migration checklist on the following
Click to download the full migration checklist
Adobe Business Catalyst Migration Checklist
This checklist provides a guideline for Adobe Business Catalyst
website admins to prepare for migration to a new CMS platform.
The items listed below should be compiled into a document as a
reference for web designer and development teams.
Phase Task Status Estimated start date Estimated days
Website audit Document admin user login credentials Not started 01/01/2019 2
Count and list all active web pages Not started
Count and list all active web page templates Not started
List active 301 page redirects Not started
Document Analytics account details (ie Google) Not started
Create sitemap and document sitemap.xml URL Not started
1. Not all historical data can be exported from Adobe Business Catalyst
2. Web administration functionality will differ across CMS platforms and
may impact business processes
3. Integrated native Business Catalyst modules may require development
teams to create significantly customised software to match legacy
4. Low cost migration solutions may require multiple open source or
vendor platforms to replace your Adobe CMS
5. Significant DNS updates may be required causing some downtime
6. If Adobe’s hosted email solution is in use, businesses will need to
migrate to a new hosted email solution (such as Google Apps or
7. If Secure Zones have been deployed where website contacts have
account credentials, a migration will require users to re-register with
the new CMS platform.
Estimated migration project timeline: 3 - 9 months
Final tips & comments
● Depending on the overall migration plan agreed upon with your digital
agency or web developer, the project can be broken up into segments.
For instance, you may decide to migrate email hosting and marketing
automation components (including web forms and email campaigns)
as a separate phase before the website migration phase.
● While choosing a new CMS is important, it shouldn’t be the primary
driving factor on which digital partner you choose to manage your
migration project. Instead, approach the project from a business-first
● Don’t leave the migration to the last moment. Your digital partner will
need sufficient time to perform the migration. As this issue affects all
Adobe Business Catalyst customers, your digital partner may need to
schedule your project inline with other customer projects.
Our team at Indietech are ready and available to
help you migrate from Adobe Business Catalyst to a
new platform of your choice.
Our boutique creative team is backed by 250+ developers within
our fully-integrated parent company Newpath Web. Together, we
are focused on delivering online solutions that works for your
Talk to a team that is process driven, creative and has a decade of
expertise in digital projects.
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USER EXPERIENCE RESEARCH & DESIGN
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