Where to start when you are new to Salesforce B2C Commerce Cloud development?

Welcome to the exciting world of Salesforce B2C Commerce Cloud Development! If you’re new to the game, don’t worry – we’ve all been there. But let’s be honest: Salesforce B2C Commerce Cloud can initially be overwhelming. With so many features and capabilities, it can be hard to know where to begin.

But don’t let that discourage you! Think of it like a puzzle – each piece is essential, but you must start somewhere. And that’s what we’re here for – to help you figure out where to start. So, get ready to roll up your sleeves and dive in!

The path may be challenging, but trust us, the end result will be worth it. Plus, it’s a great conversation starter at parties (just kidding…, or are we?). So, let’s get started and make some eCommerce magic happen!

Get to know the platform

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Alright, before you dive into the fun stuff (coding, building, and creating), it’s important to first get to know the Salesforce B2C Commerce Cloud platform like the back of your hand. Think of it like a blind date – you wouldn’t want to show up unprepared, would you? 

Knowing what’s available out of the box is just as important as knowing how to build custom features. So, take the time to get to know the platform, and you’ll be ready to tackle any eCommerce challenge that comes your way.

And what better way than to use the public documentation. Mastering the art of navigating through it is a skill of its own! Another starting point can be this introductory blog post.

Get yourself a sandbox

Before diving headfirst into the Salesforce B2C Commerce Cloud development world, there’s one essential tool you need to have in your arsenal – a Sandbox. It’s like a secret weapon for developers, allowing you to test and experiment with new ideas, configurations, and even mistakes without real-world consequences.

A Sandbox is essentially a mini version of your production environment, where you can try out different features, configurations, and customisations without affecting the live site. It’s a safe space for developers where you can test and iterate on your ideas (or development of project tickets) without any risk of disrupting the customer experience. So, before you start coding away, set up your Sandbox and experiment with confidence.

A word of warning: If you are not part of a partner or customer company, getting one can be challenging.

Get started

A diver looking at code below the water. The code is illegible, but represents diving into SFCC development.

Now that you’ve got your Sandbox set up, it’s time to dive into the fun part: coding! Depending on your situation and experience, the journey to becoming a Salesforce B2C Commerce Cloud pro may vary. But don’t worry; plenty of resources are available to help you along the way.

For starters, the Salesforce Partner Learning Camp offers a variety of courses to help developers master the platform. And if you’re not a partner, don’t fret – plenty of documentation and resources are still available to help you learn the ropes.

If you’re looking for a comprehensive guide that covers all the essential topics for SFCC development, I highly recommend checking out the Certification Guide I put together. It’s like a roadmap for your journey to becoming a Salesforce B2C Commerce Cloud master! Ok Ok… I might be tooting my own horn a bit here.

You are not alone

One of the best things about the Salesforce ecosystem is the #Ohana, a community of users, developers, architects, and enthusiasts passionate about helping each other succeed. And in the Commerce Cloud space, we’ve got the “Commerce Crew” – a group of fellow Commerce Adventurers willing to support each other and share knowledge.

If you ever feel lost or stuck on your journey to becoming a Salesforce B2C Commerce Cloud pro, don’t hesitate to contact the Commerce Crew. They’re always happy to answer questions, provide guidance, and lend a helping hand.

The community is an excellent resource for developers of all skill levels, and you will find passionate people about the same things as you. And if you’re looking for a friendly and supportive community, look no further than the Commerce Crew! 

So, don’t hesitate to join the crew and start getting help and help others today at https://unofficialsfcc.com/


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