Configure External Sharing

Step-by-Step Guide:

How to Configure External Sharing
(updated March 2020)

Enable and configure Public Share Services to use features such as External Sharing and Calendar Sync for Taskfeed.

Salesforce System Requirements: 

External Sharing is available for Salesforce Enterprise, Unlimited, and Performance Edition customers only. The feature requires setting up Salesforce Sites
External Sharing is not currently supported for Salesforce Group, Essentials or Professional Editions.

Salesforce User Permissions Needed:
To create and edit Salesforce Sites:Customize Application

Before setting up this feature, read these important Public Share Settings Considerations

Step 1: Create a Public Share Services Force.Com Site

In this step, you will create a specific subdomain for Taskfeed Public Share Services, for use in Taskfeed External Sharing and Calendar Sync features.

  1. Go to Setup > Sites

  2. If your company has not yet defined a Force.com domain name, define one now. Note that you won’t be able to change the domain name once it has been defined.

  3. Next, In the Sites section, Click New to define a subdomain.

Fill in the following:

Site Label: Taskfeed Public Share Services

Site Name: Taskfeed_Public_Share_Services

Site URL: MyCompany.force.com/taskfeed

Active Site Home Page: iCalService

The Site Label and Name are created at your discretion, but we suggest a name that clearly identifies the purpose of the site, such as “Taskfeed Public Share Services”. You may also include a description, but leave all other options as is

4. Check the box for Require Secure Connections (HTTPS)


5. Click Save. A new page will load.

Once saved, Salesforce will generate two new subdomains with the “Taskfeed” suffix (we will refer to the secure Custom URL in later steps). It also generates a new “Site Guest User”, who is essentially anyone you share the public URL with. 

6. Click Activate.

Step 2: Assign a Taskfeed License to the newly created “Site Guest User"



7. From the Site Details page, click Public Access Settings.

8. Next, click View Users

9. Select the Site Guest User and click under Full Name to assign this user a Taskfeed License*. The User’s detail page will load.

10. Under Managed Packages, click Assign Licenses.

11.Click Add to assign a Taskfeed license.

*Note: this counts as one full Taskfeed License in Production and Sandbox environments. One (1) extra license for External Sharing is automatically included with Launch, Growth and Enterprise plans.

Step 3: Assign the “Site Guest User” a Taskfeed Read-Only Permission Set

12. From the User’s detail page, click Permission Set Assignments.

13.Select Taskfeed External User

14.Click Save.

Step 4: Create a sharing rule to automatically grant access to boards that are public 


Before configuring step (4) please read Security Document

For "Current" users" changes to External Sharing Rule are to be updated. Please follow the steps as documented.

Update Sharing Rules
  1. Navigate to Setup > Security > Sharing Settings

  2. Select Edit and scroll to the bottom to find the option “Secure guest user record access” check this box and save.

  1. This will enable a new type of sharing rule which we will now use.

  2. From the “Manage sharing settings for” picklist choose Taskfeed Boards

  3. Delete your existing Sharing Rule with Criteria “Taskfeed Board: External Sharing EQUALS Public”.


  4. Create a new Sharing Rule called “External Sharing”

  5. Choose “Guest user access, based on criteria”, set the criteria as “Taskfeed Board: External Sharing EQUALS Public

  6. Then choose “Share with” as the Public Guest Site User for the Site you created for External Sharing (unless you are using Sites or Communities you will just have one option)

  7. Leave “Access Level” as Read only.


Step 5: Configure the Taskfeed Installed Package to include the Public Share Services URL

  1. Go to Setup > Sites, click View on the Secure URL domain name created earlier. It should look like “MyCompany.secure.force.com/taskfeed”

  2. Copy this URL

  3. In Setup > Installed Packages, find Taskfeed and click Configure.

  4. Select the External Sharing tab.

  5. Paste the URL into External Sharing Force.com Site URL and add a “/” (forward slash) to the end of this URL. For instance: MyCompany.secure.force.com/taskfeed/

  6. For the other options, you may include an identifying APP name, your company’s logo, and color.

  7. Click Save.


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