In this section, we describe how to add, customize and view social content in the front end as IBM WebSphere Portal using some of the features that are provided in portal such as social rendering, IBM Connections portlets for Portal, social networking Portlets, IBM Docs, Digital Data Connector (DDC) and IBM Forms Experience Builder. We cover how these features help a page designer to easily add and customize the social content and give the customer a rich exceptional social web experience. These features enable users to use social capabilities within the context of WebSphere Portal. Users can always step out to IBM Connections from Portal in case, if they want to do some actions specific to Connections.
Why use social content in the front end Portal
IBM WebSphere Portal provides a platform where all the portlets, application and content are combined and presented to user into one unified presentation. It also delivers a highly personalized experience where a user can personalize his settings based on his role. When Connections content is customized for a user and delivered inside Portal, it gives the user an exceptional social web experience. By displaying the social content in the front end as IBM WebSphere Portal, a user can be well connected, productive, collaborative with his community. By using the various applications that are available inside Portal he can easily access and share information, find the right people, organize the work and activities and be interactive with his community.
How to integrate Connections content inside Portal
Using IBM Connections portlets for Portal: Using the IBM Connections portlets available in Lotus greenhouse, the Connections content can be delivered inside WebSphere Portal.
How to integrate external content inside Portal
IBM Digital Data Connector (DDC) for WebSphere® Portal framework can be used to integrate data from external data sources on your portal pages by using IBM® Web Content Manager presentation components. External data means that the data does not need to be stored directly in IBM Web Content Manager. For example, you can use DDC to render social data that you have on your IBM Connections server or on other social platforms in the context of your portal pages. Other possible data sources include news feeds, task lists, product catalog information, to name just a few.