Using external search software to index a portal site

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If you want your portal site to get indexed and crawled by external search services like Google or Bing, you have to indicate the URL of your portal site available to those services. The services will index only the public pages of your portal site for which no login credentials needs to be provided.

In order to make this work, public sessions needs to be enabled on your portal server because by default, sessions are only created when a user authenticates itself by login into the portal site.
Public sessions can be enabled by editing the below properties file

/portalserver/shared/app/config/services/NavigatorService.properties

and setting the public.session parameter to true.

public.session = true

You have to restart both WebSphere Application Server and WebSphere Portal for your changes to take effect.

Use the URL Mapping portlet to map the portal page URLs to short and user-friendly names. Otherwise the external search service might not index those pages.

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