Switch to Adobe ColdFusion (CIO’s Guide on Risks and Reward)

Michaela Light
2 min readApr 17, 2020

You want to switch to a newer, more modern version of ColdFusion. But you’re having some doubts. Memories of install wizards turning evil and sabotaging your updates give you nightmares.

Don’t back out!

Switching to the 2018 update of ColdFusion is painless. Use the outline in this guide and a few clicks to go from legacy CF hell to modern CF heaven.

In this article, you will learn:

  1. Where to find Adobe ColdFusion’s modern version.
  2. Which version of CF is right for you.
  3. System specs needed to use CF.
  4. Setting the stage for installing.
  5. Migrating your existing CFML to CF 2018.

Where to find Adobe ColdFusion

Finding the latest version of Adobe ColdFusion may be the easiest part of the entire process. You may have already Googled your way to the location. If not, check out the “buy now” link at the top of page .

Still hesitant? Give ColdFusion a test drive first! Adobe offers a 30-day free trial for anyone on the fence. Trying it will convince you and your team that ColdFusion is the only logical fit.

The fun doesn’t end with the installer. ColdFusion has a bevy of extra goodies, such as performance monitoring tools, an API manager, and tons of other digital gadgets. Be sure to check the add-ons and developer tools available to get the most out of your ColdFusion.

ColdFusion Standard or Enterprise?

Adobe offers ColdFusion in two main flavors: Standard and Enterprise. It may seem Standard edition is a one-size-fits-all solution for everyone. But you’re wrong. Each has its own ideal user.

Standard Edition offers all the essentials a small to mid-sized company would need from its development platform. Start-ups should stick with Standard Edition too, at least until they’ve ballooned into the next big IPO. Standard edition comes with the basic features one needs to get applications off the ground. It includes a full slate of mobile development necessities, including Client-side database integration and device detection. Standard is ideal for start-ups and mid-sized companies with only a few apps in the works.

Enterprise is Standard Edition’s big sibling, meant for large companies with ample overhead and infrastructure to maintain. Unlike Standard, Enterprise has a full stack of API Management tools, and full support for all gateways and document services. Among others.

Remember, you can always start with standard edition then scale up to Enterprise Edition as your company grows.

Can my system handle ColdFusion?

Continue reading at https://teratech.com on April 17, 2020.



Michaela Light

ColdFusion development, security and optimization. CEO at TeraTech. Host of CF Alive podcast.