I had a client ask me to give more advice on when to use a portal technology. Obviously, a portal isn’t a fit for every single web site out there. I typically look at four main categories:
- Content only or content heavy sites
- Mix of content and applications
- Some content and many applications
- stand-alone application
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Of those, you should consider items two and three as almost slam dunks for portal use. Item number one, content heavy could still be a portal site but you need to look at it closely. Stand alone web applications typically work best as a custom developed web application.
As part of the process I defined a decision matrix for when to use a portal. Here it is and I hope it’s useful for you.