3 Planning Your Portal

If you are responsible for building a portal for others to populate with content, this chapter can help you. As the page group administrator, your job is to think about the portal as a whole and the needs of the community it will serve. Among other things, you must decide how many page groups your portal should comprise, how to approach portal development, and how to optimize a given page group for the purposes it will serve.


Before you begin your work, make sure that the portal administrator has already completed all the necessary portal administration tasks, described in the Oracle Fusion Middleware Administrator's Guide for Oracle Portal. (If you're unfamiliar with either of these highlighted terms or what's meant by them, see Section 3.1.2, "Knowing Your Audience").

To build an effective portal, it's important to arm yourself with knowledge and to do some careful planning before embarking upon the actual work of creating the portal. Section 3.1, "Getting Up to Speed" contains three sections to help you acquire the knowledge you need:

Once you've digested the information in Section 3.1, "Getting Up to Speed", you'll be ready to start tackling the job of creating the portal itself. You'll find that you can build your portal in less time, and achieve far more sophisticated results, if you take the time to study the information in Section 3.2, "Making Key Decisions", which contains:

While it may be tempting to skip the preliminary information presented in this chapter, it is strongly recommended that you read through it carefully.