Difference Between Salesforce Classic And Salesforce Lightning – Part 2

Difference Between Salesforce Classic And Salesforce Lightning – Part 2

In the first blog of the Salesforce Lightning Migration series, we discussed the Lightning Platform and the Lightning App Builder in detail. Now, it’s time to differentiate between Salesforce Classic and Salesforce Lightning to give a clear picture of the two and how the latter one can prove to be more beneficial.

When compared to other CRM contenders, Salesforce Classic feels quite outdated to some degree. But with the Lightning Experience in the picture, the mindsets of users have changed in favor of the world’s no. 1 CRM. the platform has a refreshed UI that focuses on displaying the information visually, as opposed to relying on numbers.

Differences Between Salesforce Classic vs Lightning

To provide more clarity on the topic, here are a few points that depict how Salesforce Classic and Salesforce Lightning differ from each other:

1. Enhanced User Experience

One of the major differences between Salesforce Classic and Salesforce Lightning is the user interface. The latter offers a much better user interface experience to its users that includes features like the drag-and-drop functionality that can be achieved without any code. Instead of hiring a Salesforce developer to create a Salesforce page or modify it, the page components can easily be rearranged by an admin according to their liking.
Furthermore, Lightning helps in toning down the need for Visualforce for every task. The codes that are created during any kind of development need to be tested and then deployed. In case of missed bugs, the code is sent back to the developer to fix and the process starts over again. But with the help of Salesforce Lightning, these types of tedious processes can be avoided.
Lightning does not mean that companies don’t need Visualforce developers anymore. Lightning provides a helping hand to the developers by moving minor customization tasks to the admins, which allows developers to focus on larger Salesforce app development projects.

2. Higher Security

With Salesforce Lightning comes enhanced security. For instance, LockerService is a feature that separates Lightning components for them to interact with each other. This helps in safeguarding the platform from malicious data. No such feature can be found in the Classic mode.
Permissions, too, work quite distinctly in Salesforce Lightning. The platform does not allow users to raise their assurance levels, say from standard to high, in-session. For that, they will have to log out of the Lightning platform and sign in again with authentication with a higher assurance level.

3. Einstein (Wave) Analytics

While an enhanced and upgraded user interface and security are the points strong enough for the comparison, Salesforce Lightning also provides users with access to Einstein (Wave) Analytics reporting, which the Classic does not. For creating graphs, charts, and lists, the Salesforce Classic reports depend on standard reporting types. At the time the data is refreshed, these dashboards prove to be a great option for capturing a view of important metrics.
When we talk about Einstein Analytics, it is a whole different deal. The platform carries its own database that is fetched from Salesforce and updates each hour automatically. Also, the dashboard displays the most recent, refreshed data.
That’s not all. Einstein Analytics comes with various other features, like:

  • Dashboard exports as pictures
  • Widget editing right on the dashboard
  • Advanced formula calculation

4. Progressive platform

In its initial days, Lightning was looked down at because of its transition and compatibility issues with objects, custom code, and apps. But gone are those days, and the platform has evolved with the ability to support all custom metadata objects, making it a lot simpler for companies to transition their existing apps and workflows with no requirements of building from scratch.

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5. Hassle-free Lead Generation

Although Salesforce Classic enables you to create leads, the Lightning Experience offers more components in order to manage sales processes better. For instance, the Activity timeline in the Lightning mode allows users to identify what’s been achieved for a specific lead and presents the details of every meeting, task, or call. The Path component enables the tracking of various stages involved in the business process, whereas, the News component offers updates about the leads on time.


Salesforce Classic was huge in the 2000s. But with continuous advancements in the realm of Salesforce, the Lightning mode has taken over and prompted users to switch to a cooler UI. In time, the Salesforce Classic interface will seize to receive updates and Salesforce will stop maintaining it entirely.

With the third part of the Salesforce Lightning Platform series, you will get to know about the benefits that come with Salesforce Lightning Migration that might help you decide when and how to migrate to Lightning. Stay tuned and contact Algoworks for Salesforce Lightning Migration!

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Pratyush Kumar

Pratyush Kumar

Co-Founder & President at Algoworks, Open-Source | Salesforce | ECM
Pratyush is Co-Founder and President at Algoworks. He is responsible for managing, growing open source technologies team and has spearheaded more than 200 projects in Salesforce CRM alone. He provides consulting and advisory to clients looking for services relating to CRM(Customer Relationship Management) and ECM(Enterprise Content Management). In the past, Pratyush has held consulting roles with various global technology leaders, such as Globallogic & HCL in India. He holds an Engineering graduate degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee.
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