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
Some of the leading Internet portals are listed below.