Since Adobe company has decided to shut down their Adobe Business Catalyst service recently, we’ve discovered many people are asking about where to move their websites and how to do this.

Our platform, APIQ, is based on the very similar concepts (that Adobe BC has) of creating business websites.

APIQ is the flexible CMS for your very custom content with the full control over your template. APIQ works best for designers, developers or digital agencies, willing to deliver to their clients the best content management experiences.

And with the power of the embedded templating language like Liquor (which is similar to Liquid), APIQ becomes a truly must-have platform for your Adobe BC website migration.

Below I’ll try to outline several steps needed to migrate a sample blog from Adobe BC to APIQ.

1. Templates and Pages Migration

First, you need to migrate your Adobe BC templates. You can get them either by using sFTP or using File Manager in Develop mode.

The simplest method is to download your templates and pages using FTP according to the Adobe official guide.

Now once you’ve downloaded templates/layouts, you can create them in APIQ.

Just go to the “Templates” section, click on the “Add template” (or “Create your first template”) button, paste HTML content, give the template a name, and save it.

Create template

After it was saved (or after a content was pasted), you should find in template’s content a place where page content should be injected and where you have a special Adobe BC Liquid tag. Replace this Liquid tag with a special Liquor instruction {% yield %}. This means each page’s (that use this template) content will be inserted there during page public rendering.

Now you should create some pages according to your existing blog: at least, you need to have an Index page.

2. Assets Migration

Also, you need to download all assets from Adobe Business Catalyst website and put them to APIQ “Assets” section.

There you can edit your CSS or JS files with the inline editor. Images, fonts, and other files will be available there as well.

You can link to any of Assets you have from Templates, Pages, or Snippets using special Liquor filters:

  <img src="{{ 'logo.png' | asset_path }}">
  ... or
  {{ 'style.css' | asset_tag }} // converts to <link rel="stylesheet" href="..."  

3. Content Organization

Since APIQ is the fully flexible platform and doesn’t come with pre-defined modules like Blog, you can quickly create such functionality with our powerful Models feature.

You need to take a look at the “Models” section and figure out what Models you may need. Since Adobe BC Blog module at least has posts (articles) and tags, you could create a Post Model and a Tag Model and set up a relationship between them.

Also, Adobe BC Blog module has commenting feature so you may need a Comment Model as well.

To learn more about how this could be achieved, check out this article.

4. Replacing Liquid tags with Liquor code

Now you need to replace several Blog Module tags with some Liquor code working with your new Models. For example, let’s say you have {tag_postlist} somewhere in Templates or Pages.

You can achieve the same functionality with Snippets and Liquor for statement.

Just go to the “Snippets” section and create a Snippet named post-list. This Snippet’s content may look like this:

  {% for post in: models.posts do: %}
    <!-- your Post HTML goes here with access to your Model fields -->
    <article>
      <h2>{{ post.title }}</h2> // if you defined `title` field
      <p>{{ post.preview }}</p> // and `preview` field for a Post Model
    </article>
  {% end for %}

Now you can reuse this snippet somewhere with {% include 'post-list' %} tag. So simple!

5. Content Migration

There’s no entries import feature yet on APIQ, so you need to export your blog posts from Adobe BC and recreate them one by one using Post Model that you’ve created in step 3.

Conclusion

As you may see, APIQ platform offers very similar approaches Adobe BC has. You are completely flexible in developing your content model as well as customizing your template and assets.

If you’re new to APIQ, it may look like a complex task to migrate a website to our platform. Luckily, we have a special offer: for a limited period of time, we are offering a FREE migration help.

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