Web Portal Development

Portal Development

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Portal Development


Before gathering knowledge about anything we first need to know what is it.

Let’s know what a Portal is..?


A web portal is a specifically designed website that gathers information from diverse sources like emails, online forums and search engines, in a uniform way.

It provides employees, customers and suppliers with a single access point to information, rather personalized information.

Many types of portals have been enlisted here :

• Vertical portal
• Marketplace portal
• Horizontal portal
• Geographical portal
• Search portals
• Access portal
And many more.
Now a question may arise that,

What is the difference between a website and a portal... ?
Website and a web portal both have a web-based interface but websites are for driving traffic whereas web portals are for limiting traffic to a specific group of users
As we are done with the basic introduction, Let us now understand, what do we mean by portal development.. ?
Web portal development includes developing and designing an apt yet, beautifully designed web portals for improving the User Interface (UI) and User Experience (UX) .

Services it include :
1. Should posses SOA support.
2. Well designed alluring surface with greatly customized APIs.
3. It should be accessible by multiple users.
4. Integrate and present information efficiently.
5. Deploy popular open source portal platforms such as Liferay, JBOSS, Jetspeed.

What are the major functions of a portal..?
An ideal portal is based on following functions...

• Search and Navigation
• Personalization
• Notification
• Task management and Workflow
• Collaborations and groupware.
How it started ?

(Source- Wikipedia)
In the late 1990s, the web portals was a web IT buzzword. After the proliferation of Web browsers in the late 1990s , many companies tried to build or acquire a portal to attempt to obtain a share of an Internet market. Web portal gained special attention because it was, for many users, the starting point of their Web browsing if it was set as their homepage.

The main motive is to provide the user with a single Web page that aggregates content from many systems or servers.

Let us now know how to create a portal...?
These are the steps how you can create a basic portal. • Decide which portal software to implement. There are many such as DotNetNuke, UPortal, LifeRay.
• Upload the webportal software to your website and install it.
• Customize the looks and feel.
• Market your web portal.
• Advertise your portal on every niche site you come across.

Some Web Portal Examples –
1. West Bend, Agent and Customer Portal (Banking and Insurance)
2. Allianz Wealth Management/Insurance Portal.
3. MedImpact, Benefit Program Portal.
4. Domino’s Pizza, Intranet.
And many more are there.
Benefits-
• Improved access to important data
• Basic user login stats.
• Removal of back office administration.
• Improved communication
• Scalable IT Licensing options.
• Stronger customer relationships.

Web portals helps people get a personalized experience.
Before developing a portal you need think of many things such as, who has access and how the portal will be developed.
Hope this guide to Web Portal Development helped you get a clear view

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