Maintain Your B2B Administrator Accreditation for Summer ‘20
After completing this unit, you’ll be able to:
- Add commerce capabilities to your Lightning community.
- Exclude products from the Product Index Build Job.
- Track storefront activity with Google Analytics.
- Explain the Reorder widget for your storefront.
- Describe enhancements that will boost your storefront SEO ranking.
- Build product index records faster.
- Identify and track your changed Configuration Settings.
If you hold the Salesforce B2B Administrator accreditation, keep in mind you need to complete this module by the due date to maintain your accreditation. Another important part of maintaining your accreditation is ensuring your Trailhead and Webassessor accounts are linked.
Interested in learning more about getting certified? Check out Trailhead.
Salesforce introduced a ton of great feature enhancements. Let’s take a look at some of the more important ones for this release.
Create Storefront Entry Points with Experience Builder
You can add commerce capabilities to your Lightning community with B2B Commerce components in Experience Builder. These components show data from a B2B Commerce for Visualforce storefront directly on your community’s pages. The components also link to pages on your Visualforce storefront, which helps provide a smooth user experience between your storefront and your community.
Keep in mind:
- The components are available only in Experience Builder.
- The components provide isolated snippets of your storefront data on a community page. You can’t build an entire storefront using the components.
- The components are supported on every Lightning-based community template. However, your organization’s contract agreements can restrict which templates you are allowed to use. The Build Your Own template has no contract restrictions, and the components are compatible with any theme you select for the Build Your Own template.
How: After you upgrade the managed package, the following Lightning components are available in Experience Builder under the Custom Components section of the Components panel.
- B2B Commerce Featured Products Lightning Component
- B2B Commerce Header Lightning Component
- B2B Commerce Reorder Lightning Component
- B2B Commerce Spotlight Product Lightning Component
Exclude a Product from the Product Index Build Job
Manually control whether a specific product is discoverable from search results or category results on the Product List page, even if the product is otherwise eligible. For the products you want to exclude, the product index build job doesn’t create any product index records. The product still has a Product Detail page, and you can link to the product from a promotion or a Related Products page section.
This enhancement gives merchandisers another option for managing the product catalog and helps admins reduce the time required to build product index records. As a bonus, this change can also help reduce the overall data footprint of product index records.
How: After you upgrade the managed package, the CC Product object includes a new field—Exclude from Product Index. Enable this field for any product that you want to exclude from the product index build job, the Product List page, and category tree.
Easily Track Storefront Activity with Google Analytics
Connect a Google Analytics account to your B2B Commerce for Visualforce storefronts to easily track storefront activity. Using clicks, not code, you can view, measure, and analyze your storefront activity from your Google Analytics console. You can optionally mask IP addresses and track user-specific activity across devices and browser sessions.
Previous versions of B2B Commerce for Visualforce didn’t provide any default integration with Google Analytics. This change adds support for the following metrics across your storefronts
- Pageviews: Track the number of views for certain storefront pages.
- Events: Track the type and frequency of certain user interactions on the storefront.
- Exceptions: Track the type and frequency of errors that occur on your storefront.
- Ecommerce: Track your transactions, including product, currency, and quantity details for an order.
How: From your Google Analytics console, create a property for each storefront that you want to track. Add the property’s Tracking ID to your storefront using the Google Analytics Tracking ID configuration setting, which is available after you upgrade the managed package.
Additional information on tracking storefront activity with Google Analytics can be found here.
Give Buyers a Shortcut for Repeating a Previous Order with the Reorder Widget
Give buyers a shortcut for quickly placing a new order based on a previous order. When you enable the Reorder widget for your storefront, a buyer can see up to three of their most recent orders at a glance. With a single click, the buyer can start a new shopping cart based on one of those recent orders.
The Reorder widget provides Visualforce storefront parity with the B2B Commerce Reorder Lightning component in Experience Builder.
How: After you upgrade the available global data, a new storefront configuration setting, Enable Quick Reorder Widget, is available under the Reorder module. By default, this setting is FALSE. To add the Reorder widget, change this setting to TRUE.
Provide More Storefront Data to External Search Engines
Boost your search engine optimization (SEO) ranking by eliminating potentially duplicated index results, improving link equity within your pages, and showing more content directly in Google searches. SEO enhancements attract more traffic by delivering higher-quality information to search engine bots that crawl your storefront pages.
Take advantage of these SEO enhancements now.
- Serve a Bot-Enable Product List Page and Product Detail Page
- Serve More Product Structured Data to Google Search Results
- Include Canonical Links on More Pages
- Let Search Engine Bots Discover and Crawl More Links
- Include More Search Metadata in the Product Detail Page
Build Product Index Records Faster
Simplify the burden of maintaining your storefront by refreshing your storefront’s product data more quickly. Now, you can split the Apex batch jobs that generate product index records into separate parallel threads. You can execute up to five batch jobs in parallel, which ensures that you can generate new product index records faster and more efficiently.
How: After you upgrade the managed package, the Refresh Product Index section of the Indexing page in CC Admin Global Settings contains a new option. Select the number of parallel Apex batch jobs—one to five—that you want to use for refreshing the product index records.
Quickly Identify and Track Your Changed Configuration Settings
Keep your configuration cache history organized by adding a detailed label to each cache entry that you build. You can now add a remark—up to 255 characters—to each cache entry so you can quickly test, revert, or troubleshoot changed settings.
How: After you upgrade the managed package, the Configuration Cache Management page of CC Admin Global Settings includes a new column, called Label. Click the label text field next to a configuration cache record, and enter a description of the changes you made. Click the checkmark to save your text as the new label.
- Release Notes: Lightning Components for B2B Commerce for Visualforce: Create Storefront Entry Points with Experience Builder
- Release Notes: Exclude a Product from the Product Index Build Job
- Release Notes: Google Analytics: Easily Track Storefront Activity
- Release Notes: Reorder Widget: Give Buyers a Shortcut for Repeating a Previous Order
- Release Notes: SEO: Provide More Storefront Data to External Search Engines
- Release Notes: Build Product Index Records Faster
- Release Notes: Quickly Identify and Track Your Changed Configuration Settings