Earlier this year, as part of my Technical Architect certification preparation I wrote a blog article showing the various portal license types and the standard objects they allowed access to.

In Summer ’13 Salesforce introduced a new product called Salesforce Communities that allows you to expose your Salesforce data to external parties and all in all offers a significant functionality improvement over Portals. Yaron Wilf explores some of the benefits in his blog post on the Cloud Sherpa’s blog.

Portals are still available for purchase however so its useful to see both license types side by side and understand the subtle differences between the two.