Web Portals


Job Portal, Matrimonial Portal, Travel Portal, Property Portal i.e. Zameen, Job Recruitment Portal, Car i.e. Pak Wheels, etc.


What is a Web Portal?

A web portal, known more simply just as a portal, is a specially designed website that gathers and presents information in a diverse or personalized way.

A portal can be enriched with services and tools including search engine APIs for intranet or Internet search, email, news, group communication/forums, or dashboards and business mashups that bring together information, tools, and applications. Many implementations of portals include the requirement to register to access gated content.

The name “portal” actually has a very interesting history, coming from the Latin “portal” or “city gate.” This name is apt, as a web portal is essentially a gateway: to more information, gated content or services, eCommerce listings, or search results. Moving further, a portal’s goal is to deliver organized and/or personalized access to large amounts of content or services.

What is the difference between a Website and Web Portal

The difference between a web portal and vs website may not be obvious at face value – after all, both present information in what appears to be an organized way – but a web portal makes that information more interactive.

A website can have a huge depth of information (for example, some blogs), and content that can be narrowed down with categories or tags, but this is very much a one-way flow of information all contained on one website. A web portal, in contrast, allows users to find or link out to information or services across many web properties as well as to interact (use a calculator, drag elements on a dashboard) or input information for custom outputs.

Although websites can become quite visually sophisticated, a portal is a kind of web app that takes advantage of a more complex, modular design in order to be able to deliver a customized experience back to the user. Many portals are created behind a registration system (e.g. an intranet), but this is not always the case.

Website Vs Portal


Features Website Portal
Solution Construction    Simple Modular
Aim To provide information To inform and collect information
Approach to Users equal Identification of user group
Content Covers a comparatively small range of topics Offer extended content, With lots of topics covered
Access to Content Don’t Require Logging In May Require Logging In
Type of content  Small for all user Adjust to the different user groups
Admin Panel One Admin Team Multiple Admin Teams
with Multi-level Access
Interactions Simple (ex: Subscriptions
to Newsletter)
Complex (ex: Checkboxes, Form, Applications)
Security Mechanisms Comparatively Simple Complex


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