On the Sixth Day of Winter ’12 Marc Benioff Gave To Me – Siteforce General Availability, Divisions and Quotes Now Married, Private Chatter Messages, Chatter Files Enhancements, Social Contacts in Salesforce and New Features and Enhanced Usability.
You’ve heard correctly, the much awaited Siteforce website design tool that was announced at Dreamforce 10 is now being released as a generally available feature for Enterprise and Unlimited Editions and licenses will be available for purchases from Salesforce. The feature will also be available in Developer Edition with some limitations. Siteforce is a website design tool and Content Management Systems that is built on the Force.com platform.
One of the great features of Siteforce will be the multiple users licenses for Publishers and Contributors. Publishers will have access to create sites, edit style sheets, add or delete pages from the site and much more. Now users with Publisher permission can manage and change a company’s corporate website in minutes, rather than the extended time take for a team of website developers.
Even better then the ease with which websites can now be built and edited, there is also a license for users that should only have access to edit the content on the site. Now if you want to have a user maintain areas such as the company’s FAQ’s, you can give them contributor access so they can modify the text but will not have access to make changes to the layout, style, or other static information on the company site. This a huge win for companies that want to have multiple people help to maintain their corporate site, while still maintaining tight control over company branding and the images that can or cannot be used.
Siteforce is an exciting for companies both large and small. As companies continue to move towards a more social way of communicating both internally and externally, a natural progression is to take advantage of the increasing ease of effective collaboration. Tools such as Siteforce are a perfect example of how a company can improve efficiency by using teams of disparate users rather than the old “Silo” approach of keeping total control with just a small group.