Developer Preview of Force.Com Sites SitesSalesforce announced last week at its annual Dreamforce user and developer conference in San Francisco Sites. Sites is Salesforce’s entry into the burgeoning Cloud Computing arena. Sites are only available at the moment in a developer preview and are expected to be released to production in calendar year 2009.

Built on Salesforce.coms platform, Sites were envisioned as a way for existing customers to extend their presence and ROI by creating public facing websites and applications. Salesforce benefits due to the fact that these new applications will run on the platform, thus further expanding’s revenue stream outside of its core CRM product.

SomeĀ of the key Sites features include

  • Public websites
  • Public web applications
  • Create public interfaces to existing applications
  • Branded domain names
  • Profile-driven access
  • Syndication feeds
  • Performance caching

A couple of customers/partners who have created initial Sites applications include Starbucks and Cathedral Partners

Starbucks application is called My Starbucks Idea and is a social media application that Starbucks uses to gather product and service ideas from customers.


Cathedral Partners Sites application is a market place and portal that facilitates the buying and selling of private firms. Cathedral Partners plans to utilize the platform to integrate 800 third party service providers and applicationsĀ that can help users manage sell and buy transactions.

Cathedral Partners Sites pricing will be based on subscription package pricing and will offer users as little as 50,000 monthly page views with a Salesforce Developer Edition subscription up to 1 million monthly page views with a Salesforce Unlimited Edition subscription. Pricing above the standard page view levels will start at $1,000 per month for an additional million page views up to 3,000 additional per month for 5 million additional page views.


  1. Arthur Mueller on November 23, 2008 at 9:36 am has too much vendor lockin for my taste…

  2. Ameed Taylor on November 24, 2008 at 12:19 pm

    @Arthur Mueller,
    There will always be a bit of vendor lock in when you go to any PAAS provider. ( is not that bad in my opinion)

    But I think vendor lock in as a whole will decrease as more competitors get into the space

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