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What is a Portal?

In a conventional website, users navigate to locate content of interest and everyone sees the same version of each page. Portals are very different because they deliver unique and customised views to different people, presenting a personalised view of diverse information and services relevant to the individual who needs it in one convenient desktop location.

Portals achieve this by:

  1. Identifying people: users need to login so the portal knows who you are (this is called authentication)
  2. Distinguishing particular roles and relationships: the portal understands what your particular needs are and what you are allowed to access (this is called authorisation)
  3. Aggregating and organising all relevant content: the portal presents a particular view and customises information to suit your particular needs (this is called personalisation).