I need to remove the "Create New" and "Quick create" (and a few other links) from the LHS on Contacts and Ideas tab within our new Communities site.

All of those options are fine within the internal SFDC production stance but they represent a serious security issue for our data within a Community instance.

I have been told that the only way to do this is via rebuilding a SF sites VF page for the custom layout.

This feels way over the top considering I would have thought that such a restriction would have been possible via a user profile. (They certainly were for portal users...which this community site is intended to replace)

I would have to contact with a developer to create such a VF page and I really am hoping there is a simpler way.

Thanks for any suggestions.

Per Kier's wonderful response below here is what I've done:

  1. I created a new home page layout without anything on LHS or wide column: layout screenshot
  2. I added that home page layout to both 3 user profiles that are related to the communities site project assignments I had thought that the problem might be related to the user licenses that our community users have - gold partner. here is a dummy example record: example gold partner user
  3. But my community pages still look the same. :( community contact ex page

So somehow I'm still missing a crucial step. Any chance you can see what I've failed to do?


Keir - your not calling it hidden for nothing! Check out all the different places I've tried the change the profile and STILL can't find anything will cause the community layout to change:

too many!

And here is what our sites look like: enter image description here

  • You have changed the home page layouts for the user profile, not the hidden profile for the community itself. I think you need to assign this to the 'kutsalkitap' profile, assuming that is the name of your community. Aug 12, 2013 at 10:55
  • I've made changes to all the profiles that are related to portals or the community page. Checked them one by one, and still have not found the hidden profile! it is really hidden! Aug 12, 2013 at 11:18
  • Is this a regular community, or are you using a force.com/site.com site to display the page? Aug 12, 2013 at 11:25
  • I am trying to create a regular community! But good question. I've uploaded what our dev/sites look like. All i did to create the community was go through the "enable communities" so why I may have ended up with a force.com site is beyond my admin skills. I'll add a picture above. Aug 12, 2013 at 12:26
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    I think it because your community isn't published yet, so you are always previewing as your own user with attendant profile. I see the same thing if I create a new community and haven't published it. Once it is published and you login as an external users, you'll see the correct home page layout. The hidden profile side of things doesn't come into it as far as I can tell - I'm going to update the answer accordingly. Aug 12, 2013 at 14:54

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Note: the answer below only works for published communities, where you can actually login as a user with a different profile. When the community is unpublished, you can only preview it as the user you are currently logged in as, at least as far as I can tell, so you will see the home page/sidebar configuration for your user as opposed to a user licensed to login to the portal.

Go to Setup -> Customize -> Home -> Home Page Layouts and click the Page Layout Assignment button, which brings up the list of profiles and their associated layouts:

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Click the 'Edit Assignment' button allows you to choose a home page layout to assign to a profile:

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So just create yourself a new home page layout without the items you aren't interested in, and then assign this to the profile(s) of the users that you are going to login as.

I've removed everything from my sidebar and it looks like this:

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