Skip to main content

Developer Edition, Force.com Free Edition and Salesforce Trial Edition

Many good things in life are for free, sadly there are too many free things in this world rendering the user confusing, distressed and frustrated.

If you have worked on Salesforce before Force.com Free, you know the value of a good old Developer account for hand-ons Salesforce but with Force.com Free Edition in picture many new users are confused what should be done.

So if you are new to Salesforce and wish to play around Salesforce, don't get confused. Here is a quick guide what to do...

Free Force.com is a Force.com license, that means you can build/Deploy and create custom app like VolunteerForce but no Salesforce standard CRM Clouds (Like Sales Cloud, Service Cloud)
You may not feel the difference with one use as you as System Admin and can see these clouds, but any other user you create in the org won't have access to them.

Developer Edition, the beautiful and my favorite one (because it is relatively old and happening) is a test org, essentially its like your personal sandbox. A developers best friend, when you want to test code, Apex, Visualforce and stuff.

The trial version is just for you to study Salesforce wheather you want to buy it or no. This is a pure business decision. If you want to try Salesforce.com for your company, go for trial version and then convert to EE or UE after your business decision. If you are a developer and want to play around SFDC go for Developer Edition.

And if you are not concerned about CRM at all and just want force.com platform, Force.com Free Edition is there for you.

This post is going to help you only in chosing between free editions, for making a decision of paid versions, you might want to check the Salesforce Edition Pricing

Between Enterprise Edition and Force.com Enterprise edition
Salesforce.com is a CRM with all the standard CRM features, like leads, accounts and opportunity. While force.com is a platform for you to build your own database driven applications like HRM, Recruiting, Banking or even Volunteering Application.
The pricing of Force.com is much cheaper than Salesforce.com, so if you don't want CRM, you can save big bucks there.

Go into details of pricing at the Salesforce Edition Pricing Comparison page.

Oh and Btw, Happy New Year.
Hope it helps,
Cheers,
Sid

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

The curious case of the custom redirection on Salesforce Console

Every developer worth their salt knows that the easiest way of redirection from a page to another is by using everyone's favorite function

public PageReference redirect() { PageReference pageRef = page.peskyProblemRedirection; pageRef.setRedirect(true); return pageRef; }
And the method is called by adding it to the Action attribute of the CommandButton or link, which works like charm and the user is redirected to the page after completion of the action.
So why am I going back to the basics? Because this way of redirection causes a pesky little problem in using the Service Cloud or Sales Cloud console.

Let's illustrate the problem, let's say you have a visualforce page as follows:

<apex:page sidebar="false" showHeader="false" controller="myExampleController"> <apex:form > <apex:pageBlock > <apex:pageBlockButtons > <apex:commandButton action="{!Redirect}&qu…

Cache me if you can: What you should know before daring to set URL parameter on visualforce

If someone gave me a pence for every time there was an SOQL query in an APEX Class without using Limit or a condition during a code review, I could afford a Lamborgini this month. Sigh. If only. We make it a habit of going digging for data, at the very moment we need it. The crux of this problem happens when you have chain classes which are independent of each other. Each class needs the reference from a single record and we have to query for that record every single time.

While we don't see it, every SOQL query has a cost to it, and it does not go in my Lamborghini fund, however, it should. In a recent project, we had to construct an Account 360 page that could fetch information from different integration points. The page was also called using a live telephony integration, which could pass the phone number for the account. This required an ability to keep in context the Account that was on call.

Passing the Account id in URL parameter was a valid option, however, any manipulatio…

The unofficial guide to become a Certified Salesforce Administrator (ADM 201)

In my attempt at maximum certifications in 60 days, I completed Salesforce Certified Administrator exam on February 11th 2013
So you have decided to ramp up your career and take certifications in your hand. Good choice. It is also likely that this is the first time you have heard of Salesforce, certification and since your company has a vision of you completing the certification you have decided to do it.

At this stage it is likely that,

You have done extensive googling. You have received countless brain-dumps. And you have received plenty of advise from different types of users which ranges from Admin certification is easier than making coffee to Admin certification is tougher than building a rocket-ship to fly off to the moon.

The purpose of this guide is to give you a clear understanding of what to expect when you are expected to become Certified Salesforce Administrator. To bring sense to all the things you have seen so far and to clearly explain what to do and what not to do.

Sa…