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A Closer Look at WebCenter Portal

Guest Author

Today’s guest post is from Ashish
Agrawal, Senior Director of Product Management for Oracle WebCenter Portal.

WebCenter Portal is now available!  In this release, WebCenter Portal introduces
key enhancement for managing and delivering multi-channel portal
experiences.  Here are some of the highlights of the release:

Portal Builder: Browser-based Tools

This release
focused on optimizing the browser-based tools to make it faster and easier for
non-technical users to create and manage the portal experience.  The key
themes in these enhancements are intuitiveness and efficiency.  Examples

  • Streamlined
    interface to manage all portals and portal assets.
  • Quickly
    create new portals based on templates.
  • Quickly
    add pages and manage navigation structure when creating a new portal. 
  • Drag
    and drop components onto page from the resource catalog.
  • Save
    the resulting portal as a portal template.  

Multi-Channel Portal Experiences

The rapid growth
of smart device usage has made managing the mobile web experience a key
requirement for portal projects.  In this release, WebCenter Portal adds
easy-to-use tools which allow for creation and management of tailored
experiences for target client devices (smartphones, tablets, kiosks,
etc.).  Some key features include seeded profiles for the most common
devices such as iPad®, iPhone®, Samsung Galaxy S®, etc.  Ability for
knowledge workers to create tailored experiences leveraging techniques such as
adaptive/responsive design, variant pages and preview/emulate the experience within
the browser.


This release has
a number of performance gains including improved response time for initial page
request, responsiveness of Portal Builder and increased transactions per second
for server performance.

Other Features

This release
contains a number of other features such as impersonation, faceted search, page
performance analyzer, portal metrics for Enterprise Manager and a host of other

For additional
details of this release, please refer to the Oracle
WebCenter documentation

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