Introduction to Sites


Published on sites lets you build and deploy public Web sites and Web applications using These Web sites can be assigned domain names so you can run your own Web sites on the platform. This session covers how to create a public Web site, building on pages (Visualforce) for the presentation layer. We'll also look at page caching, security, and user authentication.

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  • Hello, and welcome to this session on bulding web sites using the platform. My name is Josh Birk, I’m a developer evangelist here at and I’m joined by John Hayes and Richard Summerhayes of the Luminosity Group. The Luminosity Group do this for a living, they build web sites and they have chosen sites as their platform for delivering their customer’s needs. Later in the session, they’re going to show us some examples of what it possible using Sites.Before we get started, let me ask everyone: how do you build sites today? If you have a public facing web site is built on PHP? Show of hands? Ruby? .Net? Java? PERL? No PERL love. OK, and how many are currently using VisualForce with their Salesforce org and want to see how easy it is to use that same technology for their public web site?
  • Safe Harbor. I assume we’re familiar with this slide at this point. Make decisions based on existing features, not any forward looking statements, etc. Did you know there are exactly 345 words in this statement? 345. No, I did count each one.
  • Introduction to Sites

    1. 1. Introduction to Sites<br />Beginning Developers<br />Josh Birk:<br />John Hayes: Luminosity Group<br />Richard Summerhayes: Luminosity Group<br />
    2. 2. Safe Harbor<br />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 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.<br />The risks and uncertainties referred to above include – but are not limited to – risks associated with developing and delivering new functionality for our service, 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 intellectual property and other litigation, risks associated with 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 ended January 31, 2010. This documents and others are available on the SEC Filings section of the Investor Information section of our Web site. <br />Any unreleased services or features referenced in this or other 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.<br />
    3. 3. Post Questions To Chatter<br />
    4. 4. Soon You’ll Know How To:<br />Enable Sites<br />Create content<br />Organize content<br />Admin security<br />
    5. 5. Fastest Way to Build Apps<br />Build Datacenter<br />Build Analytics<br />Buy Servers<br />Build Security<br />Build Search<br />Build Workflow<br />Build Sharing<br />Deploy Mobile<br />Build App<br />Globalize<br />Build App<br />time<br />
    6. 6. Rapid Adoption<br />576<br />576 Million + Page views<br />490<br />392<br />315<br />256<br />147<br />68<br />38<br />Q1-09<br />Q2-09<br />Q3-09<br />Q4-09<br />Q1-10<br />Q2-10<br />Q3-10<br />Q4-10 (YTD)<br />General<br />Availability<br />
    7. 7. Creating Your First Site<br />
    8. 8. Creating Your First Site<br />Register a domain<br />Activate your Site<br />Add a custom home page<br />
    9. 9. Components And Templates<br />Using Templates<br />Using Components<br />Page 1<br />Page 2<br />Component A<br />Component A<br />Page 2<br />Template A<br />Template A<br />Page 1<br /><ul><li><c:componentname>
    10. 10. <apex:composition template=“mytemplate”></li></li></ul><li>Templates And Components<br />Standard Visualforce feature<br />Enables content reuse<br />Applies consistent look and feel<br />Speeds page creation<br />
    11. 11. Security Model<br />
    12. 12. Security Model<br />Uses standard security<br />FLS<br />CRUD<br />Visualforce/Apex<br />Guest profile is site specific<br />Best practice: minimal access<br />
    13. 13. John HayesRichard Summerhayes<br />Luminosity Group<br />
    14. 14. All About Luminosity Group<br />Luminosity Group is an interactive design & development agency. We blend user experience design with Visualforce and Apex coding to create dynamic Sites that keep audience engagement high and total cost of ownership low. <br /><ul><li>User experience design
    15. 15. Data integration via custom Apex controllers
    16. 16. jQuery, XHTML, Flash, and advanced CSS development
    17. 17. Search Engine Optimization tailored for Sites</li></li></ul><li>
    18. 18. Cache<br />Visualforce pages<br />Static Resources<br />
    19. 19. Content Delivery Network<br />
    20. 20. Portal Integration<br />
    21. 21. The Sites Toolbox<br />Eclipse <br /> IDE<br /> Sandbox<br /> <br />Code Share<br />Metadata API<br />Instantly Set Up Dev Environments<br />Everything You Need to Build Apps<br />Easy to Collaborate on Projects<br />Easy Access to Code<br />and Schema<br />Learn more about platform at<br />Find in-depth developer resources at<br />
    22. 22. What Kind Of Site Will You Build?<br />
    23. 23. Sites Gallery<br /><br />
    24. 24. Next Steps<br />Join<br />Wiki<br />Forums<br />Blogs<br />Collaborate! Chatter this session<br />Visit the Dev Zone<br />Attend other sessions<br />Building Applications With jQuery<br />Advanced Sites<br />
    25. 25. Introduction to Sites<br />
    26. 26. How Could Dreamforce Be Better? Tell Us!<br />Log in to the Dreamforce app to submit<br />surveys for the sessions you attended<br />Use the Dreamforce Mobile app to submit surveys<br />OR<br />Every session survey you submit is a chance to win an iPod nano!<br />