Web Sites like Yahoo, timeofindia, MSN, CNN are considered portals and are gateways into the web of internet information for many users. Portals focus on a group of people with a specific passion or interest or community objectives. A portal is a more advanced version of a website which will target to a specific community of viewers/readers in order to help them solving some kind of their problems. With additional functionalities like chat and discussion boards, the portal brings people together.
A portal can be a web location to buy products and books and find information about the products. A portal can be an online web presence for researches and market driven facts. Portal development may include adding several features or components that are not normally found on a typical site. For example, you may need a discussion forum so that your visitors can share ideas or experiences. You might want to add newsletter facility for yourself to keep yourself connected with your readers. An online education, tutoring, tutioning, trainings is also a portal with the added functionality to share desktop, documents, presentations, audio, video and many more. To get these features working, many times it helps to install / integrate third party software (component).
Enterprise Business Portal Development
In order to retain the competitiveness today's enterprises have to provide the business information to its employees, suppliers, partners and customers. Which make the emergence of enterprise portals. Enterprise portals provide the second generation of intranet technologies offering fundamentals like search, information taxonomy and news related to the enterprise.
Intranet Portal Development
Intranets are like the Internet but access is restricted within the organization or company over their localized networ. It provides your employees with a wide range of internal information system including HR documents, company reports, memos, research papers, company news, client information, CRM system, ERP system, invoicing system, sales reporting system etc. It can be as simple as managing employee's daily work reports. The benefit of having intranet portal is that the data is localized with in the company is not available over the internet and hence is secured data transfer.