|This video shows you the first steps you will take after installing WebSphere Portal.
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Table 1. Introduction to WebSphere Portal
Welcome to "Getting started with IBM WebSphere Portal." After you install IBM WebSphere Portal, your portal is ready to use. In this video, we'll introduce you to some key features you can use to be productive with Portal right away.
Welcome screen: Getting started with IBM WebSphere Portal. In this video, we'll introduce you to some key features you can use to be productive with WebSphere Portal right away. IBM WebSphere Portal. © Copyright IBM Corporation 2012.
The Welcome page includes information about new features in version 8 and provides links to related topics so you can learn more about it.
Log in to the portal site as an administrator. This log in tool is a portlet that you can customize later. For example, you can configure the portlet so a user can log in by authenticating with Facebook or Yahoo.
Click Log in, enter user ID and password, and press Enter
After you log in, the roles you assigned as the administrator determine which pages you can see and use.
Table 2. Creating a page and adding a portlet
Click the Getting Started tab. From the Getting started page, you can create a page and add something to the page, like the blog portlet.
Getting started page
Click Edit Mode in the banner. As an administrator, you can access the site toolbar.
Clicks edit mode
From the site toolbar, you can create a project or page, add content to a page, change the color scheme of the site, or change a page layout.
Zooms in on site toolbar
Projects are a convenient way to group changes and publish all the changes at one time. The portal suggests a project name based on your login ID. You can change the project name later.
Creates a project
If you do not create a project, then you are editing the live site. It's okay to edit the site directly in a test environment. But you may not want to do that on a production site.
Adds a child page using the More menu.
When you create a page, the page is created relative to the page you are on. Your new page can be a sibling or a child of your current page.
Names the new page
If you make a mistake, you can move the page or just delete it.
Names the new page
The Page Properties section provides information about the page you are on. New pages are stored in the Portal Site content library. We'll see that a little later in this video.
Edit mode banner
You can also add content to pages quickly from the site toolbar. The Content tab is populated with portlets that you can add to the page.
Adds blog portlet
The Style toolbar includes a selection of color themes you can add to your page.
Layout options makes changing how the content appears on your page easy. There are tons of layouts to choose from.
Layout toolbar. Click View Mode to close the site toolbar.
Table 3. Applications
Let's explore the Applications tab. Most applications require some configuration. Each application has a mini home page that tells you about the app and provides some first steps.
Click application tab
In Collaboration, you can find IBM Sametime and the Unified Task List Portlet.
Click Collaboration tab
Messaging is for email and personal information portlets. You must download the messaging portlets from the IBM Lotus and WebSphere Portal Business Solutions Catalog.
Click Messaging tab
Personalization is the application you use to personalize content for your site visitors. You can personalize the content based on the user's profile information, such as the user's zip code.
Click Personalization tab
Click Content. Before content authors can start using Web Content Manager, the site administrator must set up a content library, configure access to it, and configure the author's user experience.
Click Content tab in Applications
The Library Explorer is a folder view of all elements in your site. There are two libraries that are available for immediate use. The Portal Site library is where portal pages are stored.
Finds the New page we created earlier in the video in the Library Explorer
The content root is the starting point for your page hierarchy.
Navigates the Library Explorer
The Web Content Management page can be configured to have different views, called Home pages.
Clicks Web Content Management page
The Home page is good for content authors. They can add their favorite items to this view from the Library Explorer.
Configures Web Content Management page to select the Home Page default view
Table 4. Exploring the Search Center
Click Search Center. The Search Center displays search results for your site visitors. There are search collections that are ready for immediate use. However, you may want to integrate external search results or define some suggested links.
Click Search Center tab
Click Tag Center. The Tag Center displays tags after users start tagging content.
Click Tab Center tab
Use Administration portlets to configure and maintain the portal site. You can configure users and user groups for access control, supported markup and clients, and syndication. Use Syndication to move content from a test or staging environment to your live production server.
Click administration tab
For example, if you want to create a new content library edit the permissions for an existing library, or delete a library.
Opens syndication link.
The context menu provides additional sizing options for each portlet and access to Help.
Accesses help through the new blog's context menu and opens a help window.
Table 5. Conclusion
In this video, you've seen how you can begin to build a dynamic Portal site and use some of its features to add portlets that increase productivity and effectiveness for users. For more information, visit the WebSphere Portal wiki.
Welcome screen: Getting started with WebSphere Portal. In this video, we'll introduce you to some key features you can use to be productive with WebSphere Portal right away. IBM WebSphere Portal. Copyright IBM Corporation 2012.