Developing Public Websites With Sites


Published on Sites lets you create public web applications and websites that run natively on Join us to learn how and why we built our company website ( using Sites. We?ll describe the components and features you need to consider to make an effective and functional website, and real-world best practices for hosting a public website using Sites.

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Developing Public Websites With Sites

  1. 1. Building a Public Website With Sites Doing it the developer way Matt Lacey & Kris Moyse, S. P. Keasey Trading Co., App Builders @LaceySnr / @MoysieK
  2. 2. Safe harbor Safe harbor statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This presentation may contain forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties, and assumptions. If any such uncertainties materialize or if any of the assumptions proves incorrect, the results of, inc. could differ materially from the results expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements we make. All statements other than statements of historical fact could be deemed forward-looking, including any projections of product or service availability, subscriber growth, earnings, revenues, or other financial items and any statements regarding strategies or plans of management for future operations, statements of belief, any statements concerning new, planned, or upgraded services or technology developments and customer contracts or use of our services. The risks and uncertainties referred to above include – but are not limited to – risks associated with developing and delivering new functionality for our service, new products and services, our new business model, our past operating losses, possible fluctuations in our operating results and rate of growth, interruptions or delays in our Web hosting, breach of our security measures, the outcome of any litigation, risks associated with completed and any possible mergers and acquisitions, the immature market in which we operate, our relatively limited operating history, our ability to expand, retain, and motivate our employees and manage our growth, new releases of our service and successful customer deployment, our limited history reselling products, and utilization and selling to larger enterprise customers. Further information on potential factors that could affect the financial results of, inc. is included in our annual report on Form 10-K for the most recent fiscal year and in our quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the most recent fiscal quarter. These documents and others containing important disclosures are available on the SEC Filings section of the Investor Information section of our Web site. Any unreleased services or features referenced in this or other presentations, press releases or public statements are not currently available and may not be delivered on time or at all. Customers who purchase our services should make the purchase decisions based upon features that are currently available., inc. assumes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements.
  3. 3. Matt Lacey Dev Geek, Salesforce. com Dev Certified and Salesforce. com MVP @laceysnr
  4. 4. Kris Moyse ideas guy and Consulting Certified @moysiek
  5. 5. All about S. P. Keasey Trading Co. ISV partner building apps for the AppExchange, breaking free from the typical corporate mold. ▪ Combined 8 years of experience on the platform ▪ Worked on all kinds of projects from basic implementations to large portal rollouts and mobile applications ▪ Worldwide team… ▪ … of two people
  6. 6. Website build options Salesforce customers have three main website platforms options ▪ Standard website CMS • Wordpress, Joomla, Drupal ▪ • declarative website platform ▪ sites • Leverage sites and
  7. 7. Website build options – Pros and Cons ▪ Standard website CMS • Pros – Open Source, best SEO, communities, 100% on websites • Cons – Different skill set, increased complexity to integrate to SFDC ▪ • Pros – Close integration with SFDC, declarative, Community management • Cons – Cost involved, some limitations i.e. no SSL, URL Naming ▪ sites • Pros – Leverage technologies, full control, low cost • Cons – Development heavy, good understanding of web technologies
  8. 8. Examples of each one
  9. 9. Why we chose sites - Advantages • We are nerds and love building on the platform • Increases our skill level at creating custom style pages • No cost to host and only time to build • Keeps more of our work in – development and content management
  10. 10. Demo – S. P. Keasey Trading Co. website • Walk through the front end • Demonstrate making a change using fields in a custom object
  11. 11. Site structure • 3 Main Visualforce Pages • 9 Classes (including tests) • 1 Entirely superfluous component • Time for a tour…
  12. 12. Styling and design • Twitter Bootstrap: easy layout and enables responsive behaviour • Store CSS and JavaScript in static resources • Hosting images externally for a speed boost http: //getbootstrap. com
  13. 13. Webmaster* friendly tools • URL rewriting is a must • Don’t forget sitemap and robots.txt • Allow for draft articles and preview viewing * Does anybody still say that?!
  14. 14. Key Takeaways • sites offer a great way to keep all your information in one place • Design and structure are entirely up to you, don’t forget responsiveness • Plan the structure of your pages and corresponding data objects before building
  15. 15. Kris Moyse Matt Lacey @MoysieK @LaceySnr