I have therefore been asking the question for the past few years of whether the use of Portal Server technologies for public-facing sites is worthwhile, and if so for what sites (or subsets thereof). I am not questioning that the business concept of B2C, B2B, B2E, etc. portals is required, but rather whether the technology platform of Portal Servers for public-facing sites is overkill.
Portal Servers typically perform a number of primary functions (but there are other alternatives), some of which an organisation may not care about:
- Integration with Authentication / Authorisation framework
- Facilitate application/portlet reuse
- In-context content management
- Analytics & Reporting
- Ability to delegate control over part of a site / page
For intranet sites, I think Portals have a place, but I am not as convinced for other sites. So what do you think? Where do you think it makes sense to use Portal Servers (if anywhere)?