Salesforce announced last week at its annual Dreamforce user and developer conference in San Francisco Force.com Sites. Force.com Sites is Salesforce’s entry into the burgeoning Cloud Computing arena. Force.com 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 Visualforce.com platform, Force.com Sites were envisioned as a way for existing Salesforce.com 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 Visualforce.com platform, thus further expanding Salesforce.com’s revenue stream outside of its core CRM product.
Some of the key Force.com 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 Salesforce.com customers/partners who have created initial Force.com 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 Force.com Sites application is a market place and portal that facilitates the buying and selling of private firms. Cathedral Partners plans to utilize the Force.com platform to integrate 800 third party service providers and applications that can help users manage sell and buy transactions.
Force.com 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.