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Web Portal

Technically speaking, a portal is a container of resources and functionality that can be made available to end users. These portal views, which are called desktops in WebLogic Portal, provide the uniform resource location (URL) that users access. A portal presents diverse content and applications to users through a consistent, unified web-based interface. Portal administrators and users can customize portals, and content can be presented based on user preferences or rule-based personalization. Each portal is associated with a web application that contains all of the resources required to run portals on the web.

A web portal is most often one specially designed Web page that brings information together from diverse sources in a uniform way. Usually, each information source gets its dedicated area on the page for displaying information often, the user can configure which ones to display. The extent to which content is displayed in a "uniform way" may depend on the intended user and the intended purpose, as well as the diversity of the content. Very often design emphasis is on a certain "metaphor" for configuring and customizing the presentation of the content and the chosen implementation framework and/or code libraries. In addition, the role of the user in an organization may determine which content can be added to the portal or deleted from the portal configuration.

Portals provide the following benefits to the user:

  • Aggregation – The user can go to a single place for all content and applications.
  • Customization – The preferences for a user determine how the portal looks and feels.
  • Personalization – The user can obtain content that is specific to their interests and needs.
  • Organization – The user can arrange the content and applications to make better sense of the information.
  • Integration – The user can work with multiple applications and content sources in a unified fashion.

Portals typically include the following features and benefits:

  • Search – Enterprise and web-based search facilities
  • Content Management – Creation, management, and delivery of content
  • Content Repurposing – Including content from multiple disparate data sources
  • Portals optionally include the following features and benefits:
  • Workflow – Business process management
  • Single Sign-On – Allows users to log on once for all applications within the portal