Day: July 21, 2015

Salesforce.com and the Site.com Content Management System – Part 3

Part 1 and Part 2 of this series was about how to create a simple site in the Salesforce.com Site.com Content Management System.

I left the Publish part for Part 3, since this can be a discrete action that a business may want to execute in isolation from the content generation.

You probably want to have a look at the simple ‘Site Configuration’ panel, which will give you some options around ‘click jacking’ (preventing the rendering of your site in an iFrame from another site), as well as allowing you to set the HTML files that will be used for the default ‘Home’ page as well as the ‘404 Not Found’ page.

‘Enable Anonymous Preview’ is useful if you want to test from a variety of devices.

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There are a few more panels which provide the ability to:

  • Custom properties : Constant values that could be reused throughout the site, such as a phone number
  • Branding properties : Expressions for use in Stylesheets
  • IP Restrictions : Restrict access to specific assets in your site based on an IP range
  • URL Redirects : Single place to manage redirects
  • User Roles : All users with access to Site.com will be listed here already
  • Languages : Add other languages variants to your site

Unfortunately my Developer edition does not allow publishing as part of the licensing, however if I had another edition then I would see a ‘Publish Changes…‘ button on the toolbar. (Note to Salesforce: Why not just have the button disabled? Hiding it makes no sense at all).

You should then be able to see your site published. The following screenshots are cheating, since I am just using Preview, but it should look exactly the same.

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It is also important to note that you can duplicate and export entire sites, so it is possible to experiment as much as you like in your developer instance and later export to production when you are ready.

Site.com manages basic web hosting quite effectively. It is not versatile enough for complex web hosting, and in a way it is probably a good thing because at this level of functionality it is possible to give business users a direct method to publish content.

I would still probably advise a technical administrator actually oversees the process however, since you are restricted to 25 sites, which means inevitably you will get reuse, deletions and overwriting of existing content.

Salesforce.com and the Site.com Content Management System – Part 2

My previous post gave a quick look at creating a new Site.com site.

I thought this post would be about the difficulties around getting a ‘real world’ site to work, however I was surprised how easy this actually was.

I identified some HTML5 sites that can be freely downloaded as ZIP files. I chose the Parallelism example, which has the folder structure on the left.

As you can see it is fairly comprehensive, with one html main page along with lots of CSS stylesheets, images, fonts and javascript.

It is also a good example because it is ‘responsive’, and should render appropriately on different browsers and devices.

You can run this example just by opening the index.html file in your local browser.

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Download the ZIP file containing the site you want, and do not extract.

Screen Shot 2015-07-21 at 11.07.54 AM On your empty site, just click the ‘Import‘ button
Then select the ZIP file and import it with all the options ticked.  Screen Shot 2015-07-21 at 11.15.06 AM

And that is … it. Site.com automatically places all the files into its own folder structure:

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You can then click the ‘Preview’ button to see how it looks hosted on Site.com.

The great thing about this is that for relatively simple web content that you may receive from a Creative Agency, then the technical barrier to directly import, preview and then publish that content is very low indeed.

My next post will look at the Publishing action.