What is WebSphere Portal?

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WebSphere Portal is a framework including a run time server, services, tools, and many other features--that one can use to integrate our enterprise into a single, customizable interface called a Portal. An enterprise portal combines components, applications, processes, and content from a wide variety of sources into a unified presentation, which our users can access from a wide variety of devices.
WebSphere Portal
Developer's view of WebSphere Portal

One can customize the portal based on user or job roles, security needs, device settings, personal preferences, and administrative settings. One can also define workflows to support our business processes. One can manage our portal’s content using IBM's Web Content Management, which is integrated with WebSphere Portal.


WebSphere Portal
Company's view of WebSphere Portal


While WebSphere Portal binds ones work environment into a cohesive interface, it also provides services to enhance the user experience so that the unified interface is much richer than if one is using the individual components.

For example, it provides single sign-on services so that, once users are logged into our portal, they can access all the underlying applications without having to re-enter user credentials (such as user-ids and passwords). One can plug in the look-and-feel for our portal's pages using customizable themes. Using the collaboration services API, one can enable users to easily engage peers to expedite work processes. Using cooperative portlets, applications can exchange information, either automatically or with user control. These are just a few examples of the ways one can easily extend our portal environment and optimize our users' experience with it.

WebSphere Portal is a core part of IBM Workplace. Numerous other related products, including WebSphere Voice and the WebSphere Everyplace products, work with WebSphere Portal to enable users to access applications running on virtually any operating system. Users can access the portal from all types of devices, such as Web browsers, rich clients, mobile phones, and PDAs.

Exploring WebSphere Portal Server


Below are the common commands and some very important directory locations that every WPS developer should know.

Starting WebSphere Portal Server
\IBM\WebSphere\wp_profile\bin\startServer WebSphere_Portal

Stopping WebSphere Portal Server
\IBM\WebSphere\wp_profile\bin\stopServer WebSphere_Portal

Where startServer and stopServer is the batch command to start the portal server and WebSphere_Portal is the instance of the of the installed base portal.

Logs of WebSphere Portal Server
\IBM\WebSphere\wp_profile\logs\WebSphere_Portal\SystemOut.log

Error Logs of WebSphere Portal Server
\IBM\WebSphere\wp_profile\logs\WebSphere_Portal\SystemErr.log

Starting WebSphere Application Server- server1
\IBM\WebSphere\wp_profile\bin\startServer server1

Stopping WebSphere Application Server- server1
\IBM\WebSphere\wp_profile\bin\stopServer server1

Where StartServer is the batch command to start the portal server and server1 is the instance of the underlying application server of the installed base portal.

Logs of WebSphere Application Server- server1
\IBM\WebSphere\wp_profile\logs\server1\SystemOut.log

Error Logs of WebSphere Application Server- server1
\IBM\WebSphere\wp_profile\logs\server1\SystemErr.log

To Access the WebSphere Portal Console UI use the URL as mentioned below.

http://localhost:10040/wps/myportal

WPS Console

After Login to server you will see the WebSphere Portal 6.1 interface as shown below.

WPS Console 

The Getting Started page is one of the default pages provided by WebSphere Portal. You can create your own portal page(s) as per your requirement.

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