A web portal is most often. one specially-designed Web page at a website which 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. Variants of portals include Mashup (web application hybrid) and intranet "dashboards" for executives and managers. The extent to which content is displayed may be more or less depending on the intended user and the intended purpose as well as the diversity of the content.
A portal may use a search engine API to permit users to search intranet content 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 email, 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.
Examples of early public web portals were AOL, Excite, Netvibes, iGoogle, MSN, Naver, Indiatimes, Rediff, Sify and Yahoo!
Types of web portals include:
- Personal portals
- News portals
- Government web portals
- Cultural portals
- Corporate web portals
- Stock portals
- Search portals
- Tender's portals
- Hosted web portals
BlueApple offers full cycle portal development services. Our process starts with an in-depth analysis of user requirements and what they’re trying to accomplish. Translating these user needs into requirements for collaboration, business process, personalization, search, content management, and data display lays the foundation for a portal.
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