A portal is
|“||the starting point, or a gateway through which users navigate the World Wide Web, gaining access to a wide range of resources and services, such as e-mail, forums, search engines, and shopping malls.||”|
|“||a website that provides at least three essential functions: a search engine, e-mail, and personalized news. A portal is intended to be the site a user first connects to whenever they log onto the Internet. It attracts users by providing personalized and customized services (e-mail and news) and providing search services which are frequently used to find and access other sites.||”|
A portal is
|“||[a] high-level remote access architecture that is based on a server that offers teleworkers access to one or more applications through a single centralized interface.||”|
|“|| Portals began as 'super' web sites but are technically no different from traditional web sites. While they may contain original content, web portals generally function as web sites that provide a starting point or gateway to other existing web resources and are generally created in HyperText Markup Language (HTML) and read by web browsers. A portal is a single Uniform Resource Locator (URL) that points to a variety of other existing URLs.