What is a Portal?

Portals can serve an enterprise in a variety of ways. Read about key use cases and then learn more about Liferay Portal's robust portal, content, and collaboration features.

Collaboration Platform

Portals also allow the development of collaborative websites for teams and an entire enterprise.

Team Collaboration

The portal ability to allow individuals to create their own communities empowers teams to create a web area and assign a set of collaborative tools (blog, wiki, calendar, tasks, alerts, doc sharing, etc.) to the group. An individual can create or join one or more communities and organize all collaboration within that community.


Organizational Collaboration

Portals are also capable of supporting an entire enterprise for collaboration. As various collaboration tools are implemented, they can be made available to teams through the portal's modular design capability (i.e., add an additional portlet to the system and make available to community owners). As teams collaborate, they input a wide range of resources that can be leveraged by other teams throughout the enterprise.

Social Collaboration

Although teams can be formed by formal organizational roles, they can also be formed by informal roles. Portals enable these teams to join together. For example, a team of experts in various areas of a company can "friend" each other and track various projects they are working on individually. Furthermore, they can come together and form their own ad hoc community for a specific project. Social features such as social equity, rating, friending, presence, internal messaging, and friend activity walls allow these informal teams to easily collaborate.