One Custom Site, 100 Users, Free ForeverAs an incentive to those interested in exploring the new platform, Force.com is allowing anyone to create one site for 100 users at no cost indefinitely.
Truth be told, almost all users of the platform have exceeded the user limit and other factors extremely quickly. But a freemium approach should let smaller enterprise dip their toes in the water when it comes to Force.com Sites.
Same Cloud Service, New ApproachForce.com is one of the leading avenues for developers looking to build their applications in the cloud. Until now, web pages were an afterthought for the service.
But there's no doubt the back-end could power robust, scalable sites. Needing only a front-end that you develop, your site is fashioned through the ridiculously simple Visualforce interface.
The new face to the platform has been in developer preview since February of this year. In that time, it's powered websites for some of Salesforce.com's biggest customers, including the Red Cross, Crocs, Dell, FICO, Juniper Networks, NJ TRANSIT, Seagate, and Starbucks.
Salesforce.com posits their new service as an alternative to Java and .NET, and for those looking to first and foremost reduce overhead in hardware and software, it's not a bad one.
According to Salesforce.com and an independent assessment by Nucleus Research, site development on Force.com is significantly faster than traditional approaches, letting you focus on user experience and content rather than database configuration.