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Why Users Switch Back to Classic

When rolling out Lightning Experience, people are constantly switching back to Classic. Even after the initial rollout it's common to see people switching back and forth.

The most common reasons someone switches back to Classic are:
  1. Classic loads faster
  2. Their workflow is slower in Lightning
  3. They just don't want to switch to Lightning
Overcoming these objections will be key to a successful rollout. Let's dive into each one in more detail.

Classic Loads Faster

It does. 😢

And when you hear someone complain about this, take their side. 
Agree with them. 
Make that ironic joke, "haha, yeah Classic is faster than Lightning". ⚡⚡⚡

Then overcome this by highlighting how their overall workflow is faster in Lightning.

The page takes longer to load because each page is made up of many components. Once it has loaded, someone can complete their task on a single page.

Their Workflow is Slower in Lightning

It probably is. At least until they get used to it. 👨‍💻👩‍💻

Similarly, it's probably slower for you to build stuff too. You're both learning something new.

Use this commonality to gain an ally. Be vulnerable and remind them that this is new to you too. Talk about how things just seem slower now because it's something new for both of you.

Take this opportunity to tell them that Salesforce is investing in features for Lightning, not Classic. Pick a few roadmap features and get them excited!

They Just Don't Want to Switch to Lightning

Yeah... You'll get these people. 🙄

The most stubborn of them tend to be folks who have used Salesforce for a really long time and Classic is all they know. Teaching old dogs new tricks is hard.

Overcome this by telling them about the journey Lightning Experience has taken. You know how the story goes:

Salesforce launches this new UI and says they will no longer build features for Classic.

"Lightning is the Future", they say.
We all just had to go out and learn Lightning. 
Literally the whole ecosystem took a productivity hit.

But when things started to click, companies saw a 4x productivity gain or better. Your goal with telling this story is to convey that we are playing the long game.

If they're not onboard after your motivational speech, just pull a Salesforce on them. You know how Salesforce is turning on Lightning for all orgs as part of the Winter 2020 release? Follow their lead and force them over to Lightning.

Okay, I'm joking. Well, half-joking.

If they really don't have a good reason to switch back to Classic, it doesn't hurt to push them into the deep end.

You can make this happen either via a Permission Set or Profile. I prefer the Permission Set route because the granularity makes it easier to add or remove until it's time to lock everyone into Lightning. 

More info on how to do this can be found here: Make Lightning Experience the Only Experience for Some Users


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