How To Build Lightning Apps That Your Users Will Love?


We get it, you are not a coder, and your business requires you to build an application. However, with the Salesforce Lightning application builder, you can easily develop an application without even having to touch the coding portion. By just dragging and dropping a few things here and there, you can have a working application in no time. How cool is that?

Salesforce is now quite famous for creating applications rapidly. Before Salesforce lightning, Salesforce lagged in user experience when compared with other cloud-based CRM’s. Salesforce lightning is mainly influenced by the emergence of mobiles. Building lightning apps is a bit different from its classic version. Let’s go ahead and see what absolutely amazing features it has for its users.

Lightning Experience Transition Assistant

Before starting this lightning journey, let’s see how Lightning Experience Transition Assistant along with lightning readiness reports can do wonders for you. The Lightning Readiness report gives an entire scope of data to help plan your migration and recognize things to address along the way. The readiness report will also guide you through the path to lightning experience.

It will help you find JavaScript buttons to replace, features you want to enable, Visualforce pages to update, and a suite of tools so that you can automatically make changes according to your requirements.

Creating Functional Pages

Unlike the classic version, in Lightning Apps, pages are significantly more powerful, with numerous approaches to use to arrange your pages and feature the most significant data about your application.

You can configure your pages differently according to the kind of app you are using. For instance, you can be building an app for sales or support. Here, you can display the same records but have different page configurations.

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Apart from this, there are a lot of things which will get easier for you with the presence of these functional pages. Some of those are:

  • The homepage can be customized according to your requirements.
  • A feature called Record highlights lets you make use of the layout wherein you can display up to seven most important fields.
  • You will have access to custom visibility through which you can show or hide certain components by applying to few conditions.
  • The activity feature allows you to create a task or event and place them in various locations for the users to create.

Lightning Reports and Dashboards

The most noteworthy feature in the lightning version is report generation. It introduces you to a report builder that makes numerous aspects of report making it easier for you. It makes the user summarize the data at the top and have them conveniently turn on and off the display for features like details or totals.

You will also get access to a real-time dashboard that refreshes automatically and shows the real-time insights of the business. Having all your business deals summarized for you will help you make smart decisions for your business.

Building customized components with AppExchange

In addition to the components that are offered to you by Salesforce with Lightning Experience, you get access to AppExchange through which you can get an option to add more components on your page.

AppExchange is an online marketplace for Salesforce apps. It gives you a platform for connecting customers to your business solution.

 Here are a few features that you can inculcate in your lightning application:

  • World Clock– With the help of this, you can position it on every record page.
  • Currency Converter– This is an easy to go feature to convert all the currencies from all over the world.
  • Lightning Carousel and Banner– It is used to highlight any important information you have.
  • CMTD Enhanced Related List– Through this, you can easily group your related records into a group.
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Opportunity Kanban View

Opportunity Kanban View shows the list of records arranged such that you could focus on the opportunity records that need your attention. It will help you to track your work and keep the tasks moving forward.

The records in the Opportunity Kanban View are based on the following list view:

  • Easily switch between these three views:
    • List view
    • Grid view
    • Kanban view
  • Choose a single record type or view a specific subset of your records by filtering your records.
  • Search for records in the current view.
  • Records are separated based on the record type.
  • Records are grouped into columns.
  • Use Kanban settings to alter how columns appear.
  • Use drag and drop to move a record to another column.

Quarterly Performance Chart

If it is a sales application, Salesforce lightning offers a feature wherein you get the access to the performance chart of your quarterly work through which you can track the development you have made so far.

Final thoughts

With the assistance of this Salesforce Lightning experience, anybody in the organization can modify the pages and can migrate the Lightning Components to pin up the applications. Its dynamic User Interface and responsiveness makes it easier for everyone to use. From a non coder to someone who is in a hurry to build an application and wants the result in less time, the Salesforce lightning comes in handy.

Lightning experience is for both new and existing users, and one can easily switch from it to the classic version if you find that some features are not available in the lightning experience. Let us know in the comments section what feature did you like the most about it.

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