I have a customer who has a large volume of Authenticated Website licenses, which are used to do custom Sites logins to a fully custom website.
They have been told by their sales rep that Salesforce has done away with Authenticated Website licenses and the only equivalent now is Customer Community licenses (which cost an order of magnitude more than Authenticated Website licenses).
Is this really true? (Not being attached to the SF office, the local reps often get details like this wrong.) If so, is Salesforce actively discouraging the use of Sites-based custom user authentication, or are they just trying to massively increase the price of doing so?
It seems unjustifiable to charge the same amount of money for Customer Communities as just user authentication against a fully custom front-end.