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.

Screen Shot 2015-07-21 at 10.52.06 AM

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:

Screen Shot 2015-07-21 at 11.24.16 AM

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.

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