An Internet portal is a Web site that acts as a starting point for browsing the Web. Portals typically include search engines and large directories of websites. Some popular portals are Yahoo, Excite, Lycos, Netscape, AltaVista, MSN, and AOL.com. There are also many smaller portals, known as “niche portals,” for specific interests.
Most large portals have millions of Web pages indexed for visitors to search though. They also have large directories of Web sites, which are categorized by topic. Though the primary purpose of a portal is to find other sites for you, many now include a lot of information within their own sites.
Portal functionality can be divided into four main areas: user interface, content delivery, rich set of web services and portal management. A balanced purpose-driven combination of these elements defines the portal business value. Combining practical knowledge of portal development best practices and experience in enterprise application development WebDesign Pro delivers a well-integrated set of portal functionality.