This manual describes how to use Oracle Portal (Oracle Portal) to build a portal, and how to use that portal to your best advantage. Assuming that all configuration tasks have been completed (see the Oracle Fusion Middleware Administrator's Guide for Oracle Portal for those tasks), this book assists with considering how best to construct your portal, how to build the portal with attractive and professional looking pages, how to load those pages with content, and how to make that content easy for others to find.


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Intended Audience

This manual is divided into four volumes:

There are many definitions of the term user as it pertains to this manual. Each volume is dedicated to one or more particular sets of users. These sets are described in the next few sections.

What Is a Public User?

Public users are users who access a portal without logging in. When users first access a portal, they access it as public users, whether or not they have the ability to log in. Public users can view any page that has been marked as Public by the page manager, but they cannot edit the content of pages. Volume 1 defines the concept of a portal and assists public users with locating content and viewing pages.

What Is an Authenticated User?

Authenticated users are users who have logged in to a portal. Authenticated users can edit and delete the objects they create, such as pages, styles, and content. Authenticated users can also have additional responsibilities or be granted additional specific privileges on objects created by other users. An authenticated user's privileges may vary from object to object.

Authenticated users will use Volume 1 for basic things like learning to navigate the portal and locating portal content, and Volume 3 for things like creating pages and editing and deleting objects.

What Is a Content Contributor? A content contributor is an authenticated user who can add content to a page. The person who creates (or manages) a page decides who can contribute to the page. There are two levels of contributor:

What Is a Page Designer? A page designer (also known as page manager) is an authenticated user with the page privilege Manage on a page. A user with this privilege can perform any action on the page and can create sub-pages under the page. The page designer is often responsible for designing the layout (or region configuration) of the page and assigning privileges on the page to other users (for example, to determine who can add content to the page). The scope of a page designer's control over a page may be limited if the page is based on a template.

Page designers will find Volume 3 most useful for completing their tasks.

What Is a Page Group Administrator? A page group administrator is an authenticated user who has full privileges on the structure, style, and content of a page group, and can view, edit, and delete any object in that page group, including pages and styles that are otherwise secure from unprivileged users. A page group administrator can also assign page group privileges to other users.

When a page group is created, the user who created the page group is automatically assigned as its administrator. This user can also edit the page group to assign a different page group administrator.

Volume 2 assists page group administrators in establishing the page group structure and choosing settings that are appropriate for the target user base.


A page group administrator cannot create new page groups or users. These are tasks performed by the portal administrator.

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Related Documents

For more information, see the following manuals in the Oracle Portal documentation set:


You can find all documentation related to Oracle Portal, including the release notes, on the Oracle Portal documentation page of the Oracle Technology Network:

You may also find the following manuals from the Oracle Fusion Middleware documentation set useful:


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