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How do Link Cartridges help in boosting SFCC Functionality?
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How do link cartridges helps in boosting SFCC functionality

The Commerce Cloud acts as a one-stop, out-of-the-box solution. From automation to emails to marketing, Commerce Cloud has a product as a solution for every requirement of businesses and individuals. Starting on the right foot, users can enable commerce payments and order management by reaching out to Salesforce Support.

Yes, even though the Salesforce Commerce Cloud is equipped with many innovations, many things, like payments and tax calculations. We can also do third-party integrations, both payment and tax calculations, in Salesforce Commerce Cloud. The Cloud needs to be integrated with specific applications to provide customer services.

SFCC’s features get enhanced via these integrations, but few businesses have skilled developers who can work on these integrations. This gap in integrating payment processors with SFCC is managed using Salesforce Link Cartridge.

Role of Link Cartridges in B2C Commerce Cloud

You must be thinking, what exactly do we mean here by the term Cartridge?

Salesforce Link Cartridges bridges the gap between commerce cloud and integrations, providing a more straightforward explanation. Link cartridges are containers or collections of configurations, codes, and specific documentation required to implement the proposed Salesforce-certified third-party integration. They are used for packaging and deploying program code and data, structured into subordinate folders for efficiency.

The third-party integrations required in the B2C Commerce Cloud usage, like tax calculation systems, payment processors, product information systems, and other integrations, are established effectively over the Commerce Cloud with these Salesforce Link Cartridges.

These Link Cartridges are easy to implement. Although, it takes comparatively more time to get through the security review process than to develop a Link cartridge. A regular cartridge must be made to LINK standards to ensure they pass the safety review process without any hassles. Link Cartridge implementation requires Salesforce Certified B2C Commerce Developer and Commerce Cloud System Integration. There is a rigid set of standards for Link Cartridges set by Salesforce, which must be followed to be trusted on its functioning and can be implemented with no hiccups or back thoughts in mind.

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Link Cartridges, SFRA and SiteGenesis

In the current scenario, Salesforce Commerce Cloud is delivering an agile ecommerce platform that creates a connected customer journey through customized engagement, fast scalability, AI functionality, and more, all thanks to Salesforce SFRA (Storefront Reference Architecture).

Link Cartridges are available for the SiteGenesis Controller and SFRA (Storefront Reference Architecture). It provides a template to store owners featuring the best practices related to merchandising, usability, informational and technical architecture. However, they are not available for the older SiteGenesis Pipeline. Controller-based Site Genesis and the SFRA architecture support the Link cartridges. As compared to pipeline-based genesis, Controller-based site genesis architecture has countless benefits. It orchestrates the storefront’s backend processes and manages the flow of control in your applications. Besides, It needs to blend better with the pipeline-based site genesis architecture. At the same time, pipeline-based site genesis is mostly XML files that the user can visualize only as workflows in UX Studio.

In addition, Link Cartridges are also compatible with SFRA architecture as it offers an app storefront base cartridge and uses it with an overlay plugin, Link, and custom cartridge functionality to build a cartridge stack.

Previously, Link Marketplace was the official catalog of all certified Salesforce Link Cartridges. Its primary purpose is to discover various third-party integrations. But with the change in the app listing policy of Salesforce, this process has recently been diverted to Salesforce AppExchange. Companies used to publish their Salesforce Link cartridges on Link Marketplace earlier. Still, they have started listing them on Salesforce AppExchange, making them available to all categories of customers and businesses.

Well, we keep mentioning Salesforce AppExchange, but what exactly is it? Let’s find out how businesses can publish their Salesforce Link Cartridges on it.

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Marketplace for Cartridges

When you create or build a Cartridge, it allows you to integrate it with third-party services or enhance the Salesforce Commerce Cloud functionality and extends the scope for listing it on the Link Marketplace/AppExchange. Once your cartridge gets certified, it becomes available to enhance your reach to a larger audience.

Link Marketplace is currently the official catalog of all certified Salesforce Link Cartridges. It is the primary resort for discovering various third-party integrations. We can say that Link Marketplace is the App Exchange of Link Cartridges. When a certified Salesforce Link Cartridge is developed, it gets self-listed by Salesforce on the Link Marketplace, emphasizing its authenticity.

Link Marketplace is not just for finding Salesforce Link Cartridges; it is an influencing place between Salesforce Commerce Cloud consumers, developers, and practitioners. Businesses can connect to various new and potential customers and enhance their integration experiences by assembling at Link Marketplace. According to the recent update of Salesforce, On February 28th, 2023, they will shut down Link Marketplace. And they will shift all the publishing and listing to one of the most used marketplaces of Salesforce, i.e., Salesforce AppExchange, a place where Salesforce Developers and enthusiasts list and publish their applications, solutions, consulting services, and more.

Learn more about Salesforce AppExchange, on which businesses have to publish their applications, components, and even Link Cartridges. Salesforce AppExchange is a marketplace on that offers different solutions like apps, consulting services, and various components. A business must be certified as a Salesforce Partner if they wish to enlist their Salesforce Link Cartridge on the Salesforce AppExchange.

Suppose you are a Salesforce Administrator or user. In that case, Salesforce AppExchange enables you to find the right tool, application, components, and Link cartridge, access, download, and install it to elevate your company’s productivity.

Users can find a good number of Link cartridges designed to address industry-specific problems here based on different categories and industries encompassing a variety of fields.

Link Cartridges and Salesforce AppExchange have free and paid applications and components publicly available for all potential customers.

When you publish your Link Cartridges on Salesforce AppExchange, it provides you access to a vast pool of prospective new users. Salesforce AppExchange already has ten million+ installs of various apps and components for every industry, product, and department. It has more than 7000 rebuilt apps listed and a vast number of experts.

How to get your new Salesforce Link Cartridge published on Salesforce AppExchange?

AppExchange offers an intuitive self-publishing experience for which it is not mandatory to log in to Partner Community. It also allows you to get your industry-specific Link cartridges on one single platform quickly and easily. To publish your Salesforce Link Cartridge on Salesforce AppExchange, you are required to follow these steps:
  1. The first and foremost step is to ensure that the people taking care of creating and managing the listing have Manage Listings permissions within the Partner Community.
  2. Now, locate the “Publishing” tab in the Partner Community. You can now access the Listing Builder, where all the Salesforce Certified partners have built and edited their AppExchange listings.
  3. While completing the process of B2C Commerce Listing, refer to the “Publish your AppExchange Listing” section in B2C Commerce ISV Partner Onboarding Guide.
Here is the AppExchange Transition Schedule that you can refer to for listing your Link Cartridge on the AppExchange platform:



Host your cartridge From Dec 5th, 2022 (required to publish listings to AppExchange), no later than Feb 28th, 2023
Adhere to the Security Requirements for AppExchange Partners and Solutions Starting now (required to publish listings to AppExchange)
Grant users Manage Listings permissions in Partner Community Starting now
Publish your listing on AppExchange Early Dec to Feb 28th, 2023
Link Program Concludes Feb 28th, 2023
Link Marketplace Shutdown Feb 28th, 2023
Salesforce GitHub – removal of B2C Commerce ISV partner cartridge code Feb 28th, 2023

Implementation is one of the core responsibilities of Salesforce Partners and to ensure that all the rules and guidelines of the Security program adhere to and maintain the security of all applications listed on AppExchange or distributed under the AppExchange Partner Program.

All the conditions of participation in the AppExchange Partner Program in adherence to the security requirements are instated in the Security Requirements for AppExchange Partners and Solutions.

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Final Words

After reading A to Z about Salesforce Link Cartridge and how it powers up the Salesforce Commerce Cloud, businesses are taking steps to get their Link Cartridges developed and published. And this is the time when Cyntexa comes to the rescue by assisting and enhancing your Link Cartridge ideas and visions to getting it developed by our skilled and certified Salesforce B2C developers; we have it all for you. Scared about launching your cartridge after developing well? Worry not because, being a Salesforce B2C Consulting Partner, We provides Link Cartridge Compliance services to help you review your cartridge and get it published in the marketplace.

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