Years ago, the Salesforce developer wiki was a trove of valuable technical resources but nowadays there is a good part of those 1.6K pages that is obsolete and duplicated by our documentation. As a consequence, we felt that it was time to act for the sake of the quality and relevance of our technical resources.
After more than a decade of loyal services it is now time to retire the Salesforce Developer Wiki.
Over the last few months, we've been scaling down the importance of the wiki by gradually unlinking it from our other sites. However, search engines keep on redirecting users to wiki content so we now need to make the final push and fully decommission it.
If you're uncertain what part of developer.salesforce.com comprises the wiki, if the url was in the
pageresource, it was in the wiki. For instance https://developer.salesforce.com/page/App_Logic would be one such url.
The Salesforce Developer Wiki was created more than ten years ago. It used to be the developer documentation but it was also used for other secondary purposes such as tutorials, blog posts and surveys.
What was great about it was that the fact that it was written collaboratively by the community. This gave us good content with diverse point of views from a great variety of sources. Unfortunately, this collaborative nature also led to it's downfall as it takes several full time jobs, some processes, and a robust strategy to structure and maintain such vast content. For example: each new release requires a plan and resources to systematically review existing content and develop new content for newly released features.
As our company grew, we put in place strong content delivery and maintenance processes with dedicated documentation teams. We increasingly focused on internally maintained documentation sites while reducing our efforts around the wiki. We felt that third party sites and blog would continue to provide diverse insights but that we needed to enforce content quality and streamline coverage of our features.
The developer wiki still holds unique and valuable content so we are taking care of preserving this precious knowledge. After carefully reviewing its content, we ended up redirecting and transferring most of it between:
We investigated and retired more than a hundred developer wiki links from 41 Trailhead modules and projects. This initiative guarantees the quality of your learning experience after we fully decommission the developer wiki.
Stack Exchange Links
We expect there to be a large number of links on StackExchange that refer to the wiki. For this reason and for the sake of transparency we wanted to post here. Retirement of pages will begin this week on 22 August. Starting then, about 70% of all pages will redirect to new content.
Page retirement will continue for several months. This will include Roughly 25% of pages which are completely obsolete and will be decommissioned. The remaining 5% of pages with current/active content will be moved to new homes.
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