A web portal
is a single web site that aggregates information and functionality and presents them to the users in a consistent manner. Web portals typically serve one or more of the following relationships:
- Business to customer
- Business to business
- Business to employee
- Government to citizen
add to this aggregation functionality by making users active participants rather than passive consumers of information and services. As users participate in the web portal such as adding content to it, the web portal becomes richer for all other users. This is one principle of Web 2.0 and Enterprise 2.0 which we briefly discuss here
added to a traditional web portal include, but are not limited to the following:
- Blogs and microblogging functionality - Users can author content and others can comment.
- Wikis - A place to share information and other resources for a particular topic.
- Social bookmarks - Sharing items on the portal of interest with others.
- Ideation blogs - Sharing ideas and getting opinions from fellow community members.
- Activity streams - A user can visualize, in a single place, all that has happened on the social portal of which they are interested.
In this guide, we discuss patterns
concrete implementations for infusing social capabilities (like those above) into a traditional web portal to transform it into a social portal. The discussion is limited to the integration of WebSphere Portal Server with IBM products, solutions, and offerings, to achieve this goal.