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Have an odd situation and am not sure what caused it. I have a full sandbox (CS5) which was provisioned approximately 2 months ago from a new UE production site, at which point Communities was enabled in it.

Today I happened to notice that Setup > Develop > Sites is not available in this instance, which means I am not able to provision a new Force.com Sites instance (other than by the "bundled" Site you get when you create a new Community).

However, in a recently provisioned "developer pro" sandbox from the same production org, which had the same setup starting point (no Sites provisioned, Communities not enabled), after enabling Communities and provisioning 1 Community, I was still able to see Setup > Develop > Sites.

I'm trying to make sure that when I enable Communities in production I will still have access to Setup > Develop > Sites. I tried this today in a brand new provisioned developer sandbox from another UE org that did not have Communities enabled, and I did still get Setup > Develop > Sites.

Has anybody seen the behavior of Setup > Develop > Sites disappearing, and know how/why? Is it possible that Salesforce is planning on end-of-lifing free non-Community Force.com Site instances?

I've filed a case as well, and will update in the event I get a helpful answer.

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The visibility of these two setup nodes is unrelated.

Turning on/off communities shouldn't change if you can see the Sites node.

The only thing that does change is that if you create a community, it will show up on your list of Sites (in Sites setup) with the word Community in italics next to the Community Site.

  • Thanks Ryan, that's what I figured. Any idea on what could cause the Sites node to disappear in a sandbox? – jkraybill Feb 6 '14 at 22:32
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From what I read, it seems like if you already have a Site you should still be able to manage it. This document also specifies that as of now, they have no plans to discontinue support for Sites.

http://www.salesforce.com/chatter/communities/faq/

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