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Oracle® Fusion Middleware User's Guide for Oracle Portal
11g Release 1 (11.1.1)

Part Number E10235-03
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2.1 Viewing Pages

This section contains information on how to display pages and describes other actions available while viewing pages. To perform the actions described here you must be logged in to Oracle Portal:

2.1.1 Logging in to Oracle Portal

Your page may display a Login link (or icon) or the Login portlet. To log in to Oracle Portal, either:

  • Click the Login link (or icon) and then enter your user name and password.

  • Use the Login portlet to enter your user name and password.

If you do not know your user name or password, contact your portal administrator.

2.1.2 Displaying a Page

If you are logged in to Oracle Portal, you can view any page on which you have been granted at least View privileges. If you are not logged in to Oracle Portal, you can view only pages that are available to public users.

When you display a page, you see only the content that you are authorized to see.

To display a page:

  • In the Address or Location field of your browser, enter the URL for the page. The URL will look something like this:

    http://portalmachine:1000/myportal/page/mydad/myPageGroup/mypage
    

If you do not know the URL of the page, you might be able to access the page using navigation tools on your home page.

If you do not see the page that you want to display, you probably don't have appropriate access privileges on the page.

2.1.2.1 Refreshing a Page

If your page contains a Refresh link, click the link to regenerate the page and view the most up-to-date version of the page.

Note:

Page designers with at least Manage Content/Manage Items With Approval privileges on a page can add Refresh links. See Section 13.6.6, "Adding a Portal Smart Link Item."

2.1.2.2 Refreshing a Portlet on a Page

If your portlets contain a Refresh icon in the portlet header, you can refresh the portlet content without having to refresh the entire page. See Section 10.2, "Configuring Region Display Options."

2.1.2.3 Viewing New Items on a Page

If a New icon is displayed besides any item on a page, click New to display a list of all newly created items in the page group. See Section 5.5.4, "Displaying the New and Updated Icons."

2.1.3 Understanding Page and Item URLs

In Oracle Portal, two types of URLs are used to access or bookmark portal objects: path-based URLs and durable URLs.

Path-based URLs

A path-based URL identifies the path taken through the portal to get to a particular object. It is an easy-to-read URL but as it contains the names of portal objects, the URL becomes invalid if the name of any object within the path changes.

For example, if you navigate to an item and look in your browser's address bar, the format of the path-based URL will look something like this:

http://<host>:<port>/portal/page/<dad>[/lang-<language>][/ver-<version>]/<page_group_name>/<page_path>/<item_name>

For a detailed description of this URL format, see Appendix C, "Formation of URLs in Oracle Portal."

Here are some examples:

  • URL to access the top-level page (mypage) in the page group MyPageGroup:

    http://mymachine.mycompany.com:5000/portal/page/mydad/MyPageGroup/mypage
    
  • URL to access the current, English version of myDocument.htm on page1:

    http://mymachine.mycompany.com:5000/portal/page/mydad/lang-en/MyPageGroup/
    mypage/page1/myDocument.htm
    
  • URL to access the third, English version of myDocument.htm:

    http://mymachine.mycompany.com:5000/portal/page/mydad/lang-en/ver-3/
    MyPageGroup/mypage/page1/myDocument.htm
    
  • URL to access a draft or pending version of myDocument.htm:

    http://mymachine.mycompany.com:5000/portal/page/mydad/lang-en/ver-STAGE/
    MyPageGroup/mypage/page1/myDocument.htm
    

Durable URLs

A durable URL uses a globally unique identifier (GUID) to identify portal objects. Because the GUID of an object never changes, the URL will continue to be valid if the object name changes.

Note:

You can find out the durable link for any item or page by looking in its property sheet. See also Section 7.3, "Viewing Information About Pages and Page Content."

This is the durable URL format for an item:

http://<host>:<port>/portal/page/<dad>[/lang-<language>][/ver-<version>]/<item_guid>

For example, you may be given this URL to access the English version of a page with the GUID A47D41ECA23648A9E030007F0100118A:

http://mymachine.mycompany.com:5000/portal/page/mydad/lang-en/
A47D41ECA23648A9E030007F0100118A

For a detailed description of this URL format, see Appendix C, "Formation of URLs in Oracle Portal."

When you click a durable link, Oracle Portal converts the durable URL to a path-based URL and this is why your browser address bar always displays path-based URLs.

Your page designer controls the URL format used for object links in a particular region, for more information see Section 14.2.6, "Specifying How Item URLs Are Formed." If you right-click a link and copy its target address, you can determine the URL format by pasting the copied link into your browser's address bar.

2.1.4 Choosing Your Home Page

Your home page is the first page displayed when you log in to Oracle Portal, or when you click the Home link or icon. If your page contains the Account Info link, you can choose your own home page.

For example, if you are a page designer you might want the Build tab (Portal Builder) to be the first page that you see when you log in.

2.1.4.1 Changing Your Home Page

To change your home page:

  1. Click Account Info.

  2. Next to the Default Home Page field, click the List icon to see a list of pages from which to choose.

    You cannot enter a value in this field; you must select one from the pop-up list.

  3. Click Return Object next to the page you want to make your home page.

  4. Click OK.

Note:

Click Reset to remove this setting.

Tip:

To check that you set your home page correctly, log out of Oracle Portal and log back in again. When you log back in, you should be taken to the page that you specified as your home page.

2.1.4.2 Changing Your Mobile Home Page

If mobile devices may access your portal, you can specify the home page to be displayed when you access Oracle Portal from a mobile device. The mobile home page is independent from the desktop home page.

To change your mobile home page:

  1. Click Account Info.

  2. Next to the Default Mobile Home Page field, click the List icon to see a list of pages from which to choose.

    You cannot enter a value in this field; you must select one from the list provided. All the pages displayed in this list are mobile pages.

    Note:

    If you do not see the Default Mobile Home Page field, mobile access is not enabled for the portal. See also Section 9.1, "Mobile Support in Oracle Portal."

  3. Click Return Object next to the page you want to make your home page when you access Oracle Portal from a mobile device.

  4. Click OK.

    Note:

    Click Reset to remove this setting.

2.1.5 Changing Your Password

For security purposes, your password is set to expire after a certain number of days, as specified by the OracleAS Single Sign-On Server administrator. As the expiration date of your password approaches, you will be prompted to change it.

If you think someone may know your password, change it immediately.

If you forget your password, ask the OracleAS Single Sign-On Server administrator to reset it for you.

Note:

Changing your password here affects all the OracleAS Single Sign-On Server applications you access, not just Oracle Portal.

If you do not change your password before its expiration date, you will not be able to log in until the OracleAS Single Sign-On Server administrator resets it for you.

To change your password:

  1. Click Account Info.

  2. In the top right corner of the Edit Account Information page, click Change Password.

  3. In the Old Password field, enter the password that you currently use to log in.

  4. In the New Password field, enter your new password. Enter the same password in the Confirm New Password field to confirm that you entered it correctly.

    Note:

    Choose a password that you can remember, but is not obvious to others.

    There may be restrictions on what you can use as a password. For example, passwords may be restricted to a minimum number of characters or require at least one number. If you are having difficulty changing your password, contact your OracleAS Single Sign-On Server or portal administrator.

  5. Click OK to return to the Edit Account Information page.

  6. Click OK to return to your home page.

The next time you log in, use your new password.

2.1.6 Choosing a Default Page Style

A style controls the colors and fonts used by portal pages. If your page contains an Account Info link you can specify a default page style of your choice.

When a page is created, the page designer has the option of imposing a page style or allowing individual users to supply their own. See Section 11.8, "Applying a Style." When you display a page that allows for individual page styles, the page style you select through the Account Info link is applied.

To change your default page style:

  1. Click Account Info.

  2. Choose the Default Style from the list.

  3. Click OK.

If you do not specify a default style, the style of your default group is used instead. If you do not have a default group, or the group default style is also not set, the system default style is used. See also Chapter 11, "Working with Colors and Fonts."

2.1.7 Viewing Translated Content

If you want to view portal content in a particular language, you must either log in to Oracle Portal in the appropriate language, or change the current language using the Set Language portlet.

Note:

If you do not see the language you want, contact your portal administrator. The language may need installing, as described in Oracle Fusion Middleware Administrator's Guide for Oracle Portal.

If your portal contains content that has been translated into the selected language, it is displayed on the page. Any content that is not translated into the chosen language is displayed in the default language (this is the language in which the page group was originally created).

Searching Translated Content

When you search Oracle Portal only one translation of a particular item is returned within search results. You do not see several different translations in the search results, even if they all match the search criteria. Content translated for the current language is returned first, if it exists. If no match is found in the current language, content for the default language may be returned if a match is found.