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Difference between Web Portal and Websites

Some people always telling us Google is a website, Alibaba is a website. But it's not a right explanation.

“Web portal is a vehicle by which a user gains an access of driving broad array of resources, while a website is a destination in itself”
A web portal and website have a strong linkage between each other, where it relay on each other to grow. Website represents an organization to outside world, but a portal provides multiple user roles with a common access point.
A website is also a portal! If it broadcast information from different independent resources, thus offering a public service function to visitors.

Web Portal
It refers to a website or service that offers broad array of resources and services such as email, forums, search engines and online shopping malls. It’s an organized gateway that helps to configure the access to information found on the Internet. Web portal application offers consistent look and feel with access control into multiple applications and databases. Some of the web portals are, AOL, iGoogle, Yahoo and even more.

A website refers to a location on the internet and a collection of web pages, images, videos which are addressed relative to a common URL. It’s nothing but a domain name hosted on a server which is accessible via Internet. Owing a website becomes an essential part for any businesses and company with no web presence is just running the risk of losing the business opportunities.


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