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What is the difference between a website and a web portal?

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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.

Portals and websites are distinct entities which often overlap and complement each other.

A web portal and website should be strongly linked together, but they should not replace each other. 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 tovisitors.

Web Portal:

Web portal 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 applications offers consistent look and feel with access control &procedures for multiple applications and databases. Some of the web portals are AOL, i Google, Yahoo and even more.


A website refers to a location on the internet and a collection of webpages, images, videos which are addressed relative to a common Uniform Resource Location (URL). It’s nothing but a domain name hosted on a server which is accessible via a network called internet or private local area network. Owning 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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