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Can someone tell me what a Portal exactly means?
 
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Found this at www.dictionary.com:
> A web site that aims to be a "doorway" to the World-Wide Web, typically offering a search engine and/or links to useful pages, and possibly news or other services. These services are usually provided for free in the hope that users will make the site their default home page or at least visit it often. Most portals on the Internet exist to generate advertising income for their owners, others may be focused on a specific group of users and may be part of an intranet or extranet.
 
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FYI - here are some portals that I use to search the internet.
Yahoo is the most established, and has nice sub-groups but lately I have been using go.com alot
Yahoo.com
Go.com
infoseek.com (sends you to go.com)
AltaVista.com
HotBot.com
 
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Basically Portal is a site which gives complete information on all the possbile aspects a pesrson may require. Like yahoo say for example. It gives everything at one place
You will find stocks,horoscope,searchengine,weather report ,chat , emails, greetings at just one place.
Now portal can be of two types
1) horizontal portal
2) vertical portal
vertical portal exmaple is yahoo,webveda,excite
Horizontal portal is one which just provide a vast information only in one particular aspect . say for example stocks .A horizontal portal will provide all the information about the stock but not in any other area.

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