can anyone tell me what is a portal?
- nonlinearLv 61 decade agoFavorite Answer
As someone who has been selling portals for 7 years, I like Wikipedia's definition:
A web portal is a site that functions as a point of access to information on the World Wide Web. Portals present information from diverse sources in a unified way. Popular portals are MSN, Yahoo, and AOL. Aside from the search engine standard, web portals offer other services such as news, stock prices, infotainment and various other features. Portals provide a way for enterprises to provide a consistent look and feel with access control and procedures for multiple applications, which otherwise would have been different entities altogether.
A personal portal is a site on the World Wide Web that typically provides personalized capabilities to its visitors, providing a pathway to other content. It is designed to use distributed applications, different numbers and types of middleware and hardware to provide services from a number of different sources. In addition, business portals are designed to share collaboration in workplaces. A further business-driven requirement of portals is that the content be able to work on multiple platforms such as personal computers, personal digital assistants (PDAs), and cell phones.
Good portals allow users to build their own home page with the information that they need most to get the day started, do their job or manage their stuff. A lot of portals are intranet portals and is set to be the home page of the companies employees browser.Source(s): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_portal
- 6 years ago
Portals are like gate which connects two location
- 1 decade ago
a portal is a front page for a forum - it is of a similar nature to a CMS in that is can hold data from the posts (as news block) and other information of the forum - eg: statistics - top posters etc.
an example of this is used in Orion phpBB it uses EZ-Portal as the home page (the first page you see).
this is an Orion Board using the Portal:
hope this answers your question