Now check the next Trailhead module below. They will give you a better explanation of what you can do with Commerce Cloud as a developer.
A word of advice: in the 2nd module of the trail above, named Explore the B2C Commerce Development Environment, ignore the instructions in the Getting Started section. We will cover them in more detail on the next module Salesforce B2C Commerce for Developers.
Both merchants and developers use the Business Manager to manage administrative tasks. Every Digital instance has a Business Manager portal.
For example, a merchandiser would log into Business Manager in the Staging instance.
|Merchandisers use Business Manager to manage...||Developers use the Business Manager to manage...|
|Products & Catalogs|
|Code & Data Replication|
Global Preferences for all sites/organization
One concept that usually causes confusion for beginners is the concept of Point Of Delivery (POD) and Realms.
A Point Of Delivery (POD) refers to a self-contained Salesforce Commerce Cloud hardware cluster that spawns a large number of virtual customer instances in a multi-tier service environment. It contains multiple application servers, database servers, and the clustering and backup infrastructure. Each POD is hosted in a third-party data center.
Finally, Salesforce Commerce Cloud partitions PODs into realms.
A realm contains segmentation for development, staging, and production for one or more storefronts.
Every Realm includes a Primary Instance Group (PIG) which includes three Commerce Cloud Digital instances:
Every Realm also includes a Secondary Instance Group (SIG) that has five sandboxes (but can accommodate more). Developers use sandboxes to develop and test code. They are not as powerful as PIG instances in terms of performance, memory, and storage. However, they have a smaller footprint.