First of all, it is important to under­stand what a web por­tal actual­ly is. A web por­tal is a sin­gle web­site that dis­plays desi­gna­ted infor­ma­ti­on in an orga­ni­zed man­ner. Web por­tals are used to bring infor­ma­ti­on from all over the inter­net and show it all in one place for the per­son viewing the web­site to be able to access easi­ly. A lot of the time, web por­tals will pro­vi­de links to other web con­tent based on the pre­fe­ren­ces of the user and the type of the web portal.

The­re are two kinds of web por­tals, ver­ti­cal and hori­zon­tal. Hori­zon­tal web por­tals are used to dis­play various repre­sen­ta­ti­ves of a cer­tain indus­try or “niche”, whe­re­as ver­ti­cal web por­tals – name­ly ver­ti­cal infor­ma­ti­on plat­forms – are basi­cal­ly spe­ci­fic to the indus­try or topic, and are used as plat­forms for things like news con­tent, online maga­zi­nes, and online stores (ecom­mer­ce).

The­re are a few things you will likely need in order to suc­cess­ful­ly crea­te a web portal:
• A domain name
• Web­hos­ting with myS­QL databases
• Medi­um to excel­lent web­site buil­ding skills
• Con­fi­dence in your abi­li­ty to upload using FTP and instal­ling PHP scripts

Next, you need to deci­de what kind of por­tal you are going to crea­te. Is it going to be a search engi­ne, like Yahoo and Goog­le? Will it be regio­nal, so peop­le can view infor­ma­ti­on rele­vant to whe­re they are loca­ted? Or will it be more of a hob­by portal?

Once you have deci­ded what kind of por­tal you want to crea­te, you need to down­load and install the web por­tal soft­ware and fol­low the script spe­ci­fic inst­ruc­tions. This is whe­re the myS­QL capa­bi­li­ties will be of much help – and this can some­ti­mes requi­re some rese­arch. You need to find the one that is going to be easy to get sup­port for, so that in case the web­site ever goes down, you won’t be off­line for too long.

After you have found your web por­tal soft­ware, it’s time to cus­to­mi­ze it to your pre­fe­ren­ces. The­re are some hel­pful resour­ces online to show you how to do this if you are expe­ri­en­cing difficulties.

When it comes to deve­lo­ping web app­li­ca­ti­ons, a qui­te exten­si­ve know­ledge of code wri­ting – and dif­fe­rent types of code – is requi­red. The­re are many web­sites that teach basic HTML and CSS code wri­ting for begin­ners. This is a real­ly good place to start if you are not sav­vy with code wri­ting, as they are con­si­de­red to be two of the most basic codes to learn. Dif­fe­rent types of code and their uses can be found all over the Inter­net as well.

Web por­tals and Web app­li­ca­ti­ons requi­re a lot of time and know­ledge, and they have to be tes­ted very tho­rough­ly from many dif­fe­rent angles to ensu­re they are user-friend­ly and easy to navi­ga­te. Pro­fes­sio­nals who test por­tals and app­li­ca­ti­ons also test for respon­si­ve­ness, becau­se the­re is so much invol­ved in the crea­ti­on of the­se – espe­cial­ly app­li­ca­ti­ons – that it is rather easy for even an expe­ri­en­ced code wri­ter or deve­lo­per to for­get one litt­le cha­rac­ter in the code and have a page that doesn’t work as intended.

Buil­ding your own web por­tal, always remem­ber that code wri­ting, web por­tal and web app­li­ca­ti­on deve­lo­p­ment is not con­si­de­red easy by any means. So if you are just star­ting out with web deve­lo­p­ment, don’t des­pair if you mess it up from time to time – it takes a signi­fi­cant amount of prac­ti­ce to get it right, so keep practicing.