Technical Definition – A page or website specifically designed to bring information from variously located resources together.
Layman’s Definition – A web page designed to provide a centralized location to view or access information.
How we use it – Portal is a fairly ambiguous term. Suffice it to say, even when not specifically creating a portal, you’re still likely creating a portal when going through the effort of creating even a moderately complex application.
If you’ve ever paid bills online, checked the shipping status of an order, or started your week by updating a customer leads list, you’ve more than likely used what’s known in the industry as a Portal. In layman’s terms, this is simply a data-driven web application, but its use goes beyond a typical website. Businesses often need to allow customers to access and update their data autonomously, or build out tools to manage internal data/operations or collaborations with partners. Perhaps they’ve been tasked with building a B2B web app that will be used to manage orders data and view KPIs and reports. All of these efforts have quite a bit in common under the hood, but most importantly, they’re all secure, data management applications.
We’ve built our share of web portals here at alligatortek, and would be happy to learn how we can help with yours. In a past effort, we designed a custom web portal for a national non-profit organization that would efficiently process the approval of orders submitted by donors. Take a look at that case study here: Feeding America Cast Study