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Web Portal -- Introduction
Web Portal -- Introduction
Published: 2012/09/10
Channel: Hawaiian Telcom
What is a Web Portal?  WebSphere Portals - PCIS is a IBM Business Partner
What is a Web Portal? WebSphere Portals - PCIS is a IBM Business Partner
Published: 2012/04/12
Channel: PCIS Vancouver
What is a web portal and why would you need one?
What is a web portal and why would you need one?
Published: 2015/10/23
Channel: eFileCabinet
Web Portals
Web Portals
Published: 2012/07/10
Channel: stevenschnoll
Self-service web portals in Dynamics 365
Self-service web portals in Dynamics 365
Published: 2016/11/16
Channel: Microsoft Dynamics 365
Build Your Own Web Portal with OpenStack APIs and Services
Build Your Own Web Portal with OpenStack APIs and Services
Published: 2016/04/27
Channel: OpenStack Foundation
WP-Client Web Portal WordPress Plugin :: Secure Client Portals & Online Invoicing
WP-Client Web Portal WordPress Plugin :: Secure Client Portals & Online Invoicing
Published: 2013/07/24
Channel: WPClientPortal
Introduction - Designing and Implementing a Secure Web Portal
Introduction - Designing and Implementing a Secure Web Portal
Published: 2016/02/02
Channel: PortalGuard
Concierge Plus - Online Property Management & Resident Web Portal
Concierge Plus - Online Property Management & Resident Web Portal
Published: 2014/08/22
Channel: Concierge Plus
what is web portal
what is web portal
Published: 2015/11/22
Channel: WebSphere Portal Administration
Demonstrating Microsoft Dynamics 365 Integrated Web Portals
Demonstrating Microsoft Dynamics 365 Integrated Web Portals
Published: 2016/10/19
Channel: Preact Limited
Liferay Web Portal and its benefits
Liferay Web Portal and its benefits
Published: 2015/10/07
Channel: Extra
MCB  Webportal
MCB Webportal
Published: 2016/06/24
Channel: MCB Nederland
Sharepoint 2010 (Tutorial 2) :- Create a simple web portal using sharepoint 2010 end to end
Sharepoint 2010 (Tutorial 2) :- Create a simple web portal using sharepoint 2010 end to end
Published: 2011/07/21
Channel: .NET Interview Preparation videos
How to make a Web Portal using Notepad (FAST)
How to make a Web Portal using Notepad (FAST)
Published: 2016/05/27
Channel: GRtutorials
Student
Student's Web Portal
Published: 2016/09/16
Channel: Classter Vertitech
6. Quickforms and WebPortal
6. Quickforms and WebPortal
Published: 2014/05/27
Channel: KNIMETV
Web GIS: Server and Online: Portal for ArcGIS: An Introduction
Web GIS: Server and Online: Portal for ArcGIS: An Introduction
Published: 2016/08/04
Channel: Esri Events
i.nova Web Portal Overview
i.nova Web Portal Overview
Published: 2013/09/19
Channel: Essroc Italcementi
Webinar Lobster_data WebPortal
Webinar Lobster_data WebPortal
Published: 2015/12/07
Channel: Lobster GmbH
EDS Web Portal Hindi
EDS Web Portal Hindi
Published: 2016/10/05
Channel: Vishal Khandelwal
Supplier Web Portal
Supplier Web Portal
Published: 2016/03/11
Channel: keshwinder
Verify Eligibility & Benefits, Claim Status With Availity
Verify Eligibility & Benefits, Claim Status With Availity's Web Portal
Published: 2015/08/31
Channel: Availity
DEM Generation using Google Earth and WebPortal (gpsvisualizer)
DEM Generation using Google Earth and WebPortal (gpsvisualizer)
Published: 2017/03/20
Channel: Anuj Tiwari
Dream Report Interactive Web Portal
Dream Report Interactive Web Portal
Published: 2017/02/25
Channel: Ocean Data Systems
Registration and first login on the web portal eVŠ
Registration and first login on the web portal eVŠ
Published: 2016/07/11
Channel: eVS MIZS
Browser Settings for AICTE WebPortal (StudentPortal)
Browser Settings for AICTE WebPortal (StudentPortal)
Published: 2017/01/06
Channel: AICTE Support
B2B portal
B2B portal
Published: 2016/10/16
Channel: Dear Systems
What Is A Web Portal Example?
What Is A Web Portal Example?
Published: 2017/06/20
Channel: SS Business
Modi Government launches
Modi Government launches 'ShaGun' web portal for Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, 5 key points
Published: 2017/01/19
Channel: Oneindia News
HM Shri Rajnath Singh launches web portal and mobile application "Bharat Ke Veer
HM Shri Rajnath Singh launches web portal and mobile application "Bharat Ke Veer'
Published: 2017/04/09
Channel: Bharatiya Janata Party
Jobs Web Portal making with Wordpress
Jobs Web Portal making with Wordpress
Published: 2015/02/15
Channel: MD SAMI
Key Design Elements of a Secure Web Portal
Key Design Elements of a Secure Web Portal
Published: 2016/02/15
Channel: PortalGuard
English Message from Anil Swarup for Launch Web portal
English Message from Anil Swarup for Launch Web portal
Published: 2017/08/11
Channel: NCERT OFFICIAL
Webportal bietet neuen Komfort beim Hausanschluss
Webportal bietet neuen Komfort beim Hausanschluss
Published: 2017/03/15
Channel: Bayernwerk AG
Cara Membuat Desain Website Portal Berita Menggunakan Bahasa HTML Dan CSS
Cara Membuat Desain Website Portal Berita Menggunakan Bahasa HTML Dan CSS
Published: 2016/03/16
Channel: SerbaBebas Collections
Anveo Web Portal: Customer Portal for Microsoft Dynamics NAV
Anveo Web Portal: Customer Portal for Microsoft Dynamics NAV
Published: 2014/05/16
Channel: AnveoNAV.com
Telstra Smart Home - Using the App and Web Portal
Telstra Smart Home - Using the App and Web Portal
Published: 2016/11/14
Channel: Telstra
Web Portal video
Web Portal video
Published: 2012/10/17
Channel: Rakesh Agarwal
Launch of Web-portal VAJRA & Release of Commemorative Stamp on Survey of India
Launch of Web-portal VAJRA & Release of Commemorative Stamp on Survey of India
Published: 2017/06/22
Channel: PIB India
DHYBRID WebPortal
DHYBRID WebPortal
Published: 2015/07/29
Channel: DHYBRID Power Systems
Live Webportal Walkthru with Carl Eklund
Live Webportal Walkthru with Carl Eklund
Published: 2013/09/14
Channel: Yardley Wang
Sharepoint 2010 (Tutorial 2 Part 2) :- Create a simple web portal using sharepoint 2010 end to end
Sharepoint 2010 (Tutorial 2 Part 2) :- Create a simple web portal using sharepoint 2010 end to end
Published: 2011/07/21
Channel: .NET Interview Preparation videos
A deep dive in the Switch Web Portal
A deep dive in the Switch Web Portal
Published: 2017/02/07
Channel: Enfocus
How to Create a Multi-Portal Login/Logout
How to Create a Multi-Portal Login/Logout
Published: 2010/03/29
Channel: Jeff Wright
Introducing the New DWSD Customer Care Web Portal - Skip the Line
Introducing the New DWSD Customer Care Web Portal - Skip the Line
Published: 2017/08/21
Channel: DWSD
WEBPORTAL UKM Indonesia
WEBPORTAL UKM Indonesia
Published: 2015/11/12
Channel: UKM Indonesia
Conext Insight PV monitoring web portal
Conext Insight PV monitoring web portal
Published: 2015/07/30
Channel: SchneiderSolar
Skal jeg starte en web portal?
Skal jeg starte en web portal?
Published: 2010/07/23
Channel: Martin Thorborg
Browser Settings for AICTE WebPortal
Browser Settings for AICTE WebPortal
Published: 2017/01/04
Channel: AICTE Support
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A Web portal is a specially designed website that brings information together from diverse sources in a uniform way like emails, forums, and search engines etc. Usually, each information source gets its dedicated area on the page for displaying information (a portlet); often, the user can configure which ones to display. Variants of portals include mashups and intranet "dashboards" for executives and managers. 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[disambiguation needed] 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.

A portal may use a search engine API to permit users to search intranet as opposed to extranet content by restricting which domains may be searched. Apart from this common search engines feature, web portals may offer other services such as e-mail, news, stock quotes, information from databases and even entertainment content. Portals provide a way for enterprises and organizations to provide a consistent look and feel with access control and procedures for multiple applications and databases, which otherwise would have been different web entities at various URLs. The features available may be restricted by whether access is by an authorized and authenticated user (employee, member) or an anonymous site visitor.

Examples of early public web portals were AOL, Excite, Netvibes, iGoogle, MSN, Naver, Lycos, Prodigy, Indiatimes, Rediff, and Yahoo!. See for example, the "My Yahoo!" feature of Yahoo! that may have inspired such features as the later Google "iGoogle" (discontinued as of November 1, 2013.) The configurable side-panels of, for example, the modern Opera browser and the option of "Speed Dial" pages by most browsers continue to reflect the earlier "portal" metaphor.

History[edit]

In the late 1990s the Web portal 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. The Web portal gained special attention because it was, for many users, the starting point of their Web browsing if it was set as their home page. The content and branding of a portal could change as Internet companies merged or were acquired. Netscape became a part of America Online, the Walt Disney Company launched Go.com, IBM and others launched Prodigy (-only users.) Portal metaphors are widely used by public library sites for borrowers using a login as users and by university intranets for students and for faculty. Vertical markets remain for ISV's offering management and executive intranet "dashboards" for corporations and government agencies in areas such as GRC and risk management.

Classification[edit]

Web portals are sometimes classified as horizontal or vertical. A horizontal portal is used as a platform to several companies in the same economic sector or to the same type of manufacturers or distributors.[1] A vertical portal (also known as a "vortal") is a specialized entry point to a specific market or industry niche, subject area, or interest.[2] Some vertical portals are known as "vertical information portals" (VIPs). VIPs provide news, editorial content, digital publications, and e-commerce capabilities. In contrast to traditional vertical portals, VIPs also provide dynamic multimedia applications including social networking, video posting, and blogging.

Types of Web portals[edit]

Personal Web portals[edit]

A personal portal is a Web page at a Web site on the World Wide Web or a local HTML home page including JavaScript and perhaps running in a modified Web browser. A personal portal typically provides personalized capabilities to its visitors or its local user, providing a pathway to other content. It may be designed to use distributed applications, different numbers and types of middleware and hardware to provide services from a number of different sources and may run on a non-standard local Web server. In addition, business portals can be designed for sharing and collaboration in workplaces. A further business-driven requirement of portals is that the content be presented on multiple platforms such as personal computers, personal digital assistants (PDAs), and cell phones/mobile phone/mobile phones. Information, news, and updates are examples of content that would be delivered through such a portal. Personal portals can be related to any specific topic such as providing friend information on a social network or providing links to outside content that may help others beyond your reach of services. Portals are not limited to simply providing links. Outside of business intracet user, very often simpler portals become replaced with richer mashup designs. Within enterprises, early portals were often replaced by much more powerful "dashboard" designs. Some also have relied on newer protocols such as some version of RSS aggregation and may or may not involve some degree of Web harvesting. Examples of personal portals include:

  • home.psafe.com – A personal portal based on adaptive neural network technology provides customizable content according to each user's navigation, and provide full security against viruses, malware, phishing and bank fraud. The portal is developed by Brazilian online security company PSafe.[3]

Government Web portals[edit]

At the end of the dot-com boom in the 1990s, many governments had already committed to creating portal sites for their citizens. These included primary portals to the governments as well as portals developed for specific audiences. Examples of government Web portals include:

Cultural portals[edit]

Cultural portal aggregate digitised cultural collections of galleries, libraries (see: library portal), archives and museums. This type of portal provides a point of access to invisible Web cultural content that may not be indexed by standard search engines. Digitised collections can include books, artworks, photography, journals, newspapers, music, sound recordings, film, maps, diaries and letters, and archived websites as well as the descriptive metadata associated with each type of cultural work. These portals are usually based around a specific national or regional groupings of institutions. Examples of cultural portals include:

  • DigitalNZ – A cultural portal led by the National Library of New Zealand focused on New Zealand digital content.
  • Europeana – A cultural portal for the European Union based in the National Library of the Netherlands and overseen by the Europeana Foundation.
  • Trove – A cultural portal led by the National Library of Australia focused on Australian content.
  • In development - Digital Public Library of America
  • TUT.by - A commercial cultural portal focused on Belarusian digital content.

Corporate Web portals[edit]

Corporate intranets became common during the 1990s. As intranets grew in size and complexity, webmasters were faced with increasing content and user management challenges. A consolidated view of company information was judged insufficient; users wanted personalization and customization. Webmasters, if skilled enough, were able to offer some capabilities, but for the most part ended up driving users away from using the intranet.

Many companies began to offer tools to help webmasters manage their data, applications and information more easily, and through personalized views. Portal solutions can also include workflow management, collaboration between work groups, and policy-managed content publication. Most can allow internal and external access to specific corporate information using secure authentication or single sign-on.

JSR168 Standards emerged around 2001. Java Specification Request (JSR) 168 standards allow the interoperability of portlets across different portal platforms. These standards allow portal developers, administrators and consumers to integrate standards-based portals and portlets across a variety of vendor solutions.

The concept of content aggregation seems to still gain momentum and portal solution will likely continue to evolve significantly over the next few years. The Gartner Group predicts generation 8 portals to expand on the Business Mashups concept of delivering a variety of information, tools, applications and access points through a single mechanism.[citation needed]

With the increase in user generated content, disparate data silos, and file formats, information architects and taxonomist will be required to allow users the ability to tag (classify) the data. This will ultimately cause a ripple effect where users will also be generating ad hoc navigation and information flows.

Corporate Portals also offer customers & employees self-service opportunities.

Stock portals[edit]

Also known as stock-share portals, stock market portals or stock exchange portals are Web-based applications that facilitates the process of informing the share-holders with substantial online data such as the latest price, ask/bids, the latest News, reports and announcements. Some stock portals use online gateways through a central depository system (CDS) for the visitors (ram) to buy or sell their shares or manage their portfolio.

Search portals[edit]

Search portals aggregate results from several search engines into one page. You can find search portals specialized in a product, for example property search portals. Library search portals are also known as discovery interfaces.

Property search portals[edit]

Property search portals aggregate data about properties for sale by real estate agents. Examples in the UK include Zoopla, Rightmove, Nestoria and Nuroa. Examples in the US include Propertini.

Tender portals[edit]

A tender portal is a gateway for government suppliers to bid on providing goods and services. Tender portals allow users to search, modify, submit, review and archive data in order to provide a complete online tendering process.

Using online tendering, bidders can do any of the following:

  • Receive notification of the tenders.
  • Receive tender documents online.
  • Fill out the forms online.
  • Submit proposals and documents.
  • Submit bids online.

Hosted Web portals[edit]

Hosted Web portals gained popularity and a number of companies began offering them as a hosted service. The hosted portal market fundamentally changed the composition of portals. In many ways they served simply as a tool for publishing information instead of the loftier goals of integrating legacy applications or presenting correlated data from distributed databases. The early hosted portal companies such as Hyperoffice.com or the now defunct InternetPortal.com focused on collaboration and scheduling in addition to the distribution of corporate data. As hosted Web portals have risen in popularity their feature set has grown to include hosted databases, document management, email, discussion forums and more. Hosted portals automatically personalize the content generated from their modules to provide a personalized experience to their users. In this regard they have remained true to the original goals of the earlier corporate Web portals. Emerging new classes of Internet portals called Cloud Portals are showcasing the power of API (Application Programming Interface) rich software systems leveraging SOA (service-oriented architecture, Web services, and custom data exchange) to accommodate machine to machine interaction creating a more fluid user experience for connecting users spanning multiple domains during a given "session". Leading cloud portals like Nubifer Cloud Portal showcase what is possible using Enterprise Mashup and Web Service integration approaches to building cloud portals.

Domain-specific portals[edit]

A number of portals have come about which are specific to a particular domain, offering access to related companies and services; a prime example of this trend would be the growth in property portals that give access to services such as estate agents, removal firm, and solicitors that offer conveyancing. Along the same lines, industry-specific news and information portals have appeared, such as the clinical trials-specific portal.

Engineering aspects[edit]

Overview[edit]

The main concept is to present the user with a single Web page that brings together or aggregates content from a number of other systems or servers.

The application server or architecture performs most of the crucial functions of the application. This application server is in turn connected to database servers, and may be part of a clustered server environment. High-capacity portal configurations may include load balancing strategies.

For portals that present application functionality to the user, the portal server is in reality the front piece of a server configuration that includes some connectivity to the application server. For early Web browsers permitting HTML frameset and iframe elements, diverse information could be presented without violating the browser same-source security policy (relied upon to prevent a variety of cross-site security breaches.) More recent client-side technologies rely on JavaScript frameworks and libraries that rely on more recent Web functionality such as WebSockets and async callbacks using XMLHttpRequests.

The server hosting the portal may only be a "pass through" for the user. By use of portlets, application functionality can be presented in any number of portal pages. For the most part, this architecture is transparent to the user.

In such a design, security and concurrent user capacity can be important issues, and security designers need to ensure that only authenticated and authorized users can generate requests to the application server. If the security design and administration does not ensure adequate authentication and authorization, then the portal may inadvertently present vulnerabilities to various types of attacks.

Standards[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "What is horizontal portal? definition and meaning". BusinessDictionary.com. Retrieved 8 August 2009. 
  2. ^ "What is vertical portal? definition and meaning". BusinessDictionary.com. Retrieved 8 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "PSafe launches new Internet portal based on adaptive neural network technology". Retrieved December 10, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Home". Saudi.gov.sa. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 

Further reading[edit]

  • "Untangle the Web". Communication News: 82–83. September 2001. ISSN 0010-3632. 

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