Definition of portal in The Network Encyclopedia.

What is a Portal (in computer networking)?

A Web site that provides a collection of services for Internet users, such as the following:

  • A directory of interesting or useful sites
  • A search engine for finding sites on the Internet
  • Public information services such as weather, white pages, yellow pages, maps, and stock quotes
  • Opportunities to purchase goods and services on line
  • Information and frequently asked questions (FAQ) for new users of the Internet
  • Registration services for receiving free newsletters via e-mail
  • Chat areas for discussing various topics and for building online communities
  • Games

Some of the leading Internet portals are listed below.

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