Liferay Functionality

Simplified UI Development

Liferay Portal simplifies the development of internal, external, and channel websites–notably those that allow users to login for personalized services or views and those that require a workflow approval process to update content and integrate or aggregate multiple existing services. Liferay Portal provides a single presentation layer for integrating all enterprise systems into a single easy to use interface for end users.

Flexible Enterprise Integration Framework

Liferay Portal is a central presentation layer platform that allows users, administrators and developers to integrate content and services from backend or legacy applications. Liferay supports multiple methods to integrate, including SOAP, REST, RSS, as well as proprietary API’s. 

Out-of-the-box Tools

Liferay Portal provides more out of the box portlets than any other portal on the market—Choose from over 60 to customize your work environment. Included are Liferay CMS and Liferay Collaboration offering web publishing, content management, collaboration and social networking.

Secure Single Sign On (SSO)

Aggregate and access your content and applications in one place. Liferay Portal can pull all of your different systems together and make them available by logging in just once via the secure SSO.

Custom Fields

Administrators can customize, edit, add, and change user attributes (name, company, date, or any other information that needs to be tracked or logged by your system) directly from Liferay, without needing to modify their database.

Liferay 6 extends this support to Pages, Web Content, Blogs Entries, Documents and its folders, images and its folders, bookmarks and its folders, forum messages, calendar events and wiki pages. Liferay also offers a framework so that developers can leverage this functionality in their custom portlets to support custom fields for their own entities. 

Rules Engine Integration

Advanced personalization via Drools allows for “contextual personalization”, the specification of content, functionality, and features based on a user’s location, activities, and their other self-defined profile attributes.

Communities & Organizations

Liferay users can be intuitively grouped into a hierarchy of “organizations” or cross-organizational “communities,” providing flexibility and ease of administration.

For example, members of different geographies such as Americas and EMEA can be grouped into organizations, whereas disciplines such as sales, marketing, and engineering that cross-geographies can be created as communities. Each such group can also be given a separate mini portal with its own set of pages, content management system, shared calendar, and authorizations. A user can belong to multiple groups and easily navigate between them.

User Personalization

Depending on what an administrator allows, users can personalize portal pages by adding, removing, positioning content or portlet attributes (e.g., zip code for weather portlet). These pages can be made public (published as a website with a unique friendly URL) or kept private. 

Role Based Content Delivery

Portals allow multiple user types to access a single URL and access a unique page view depending on the users role, group, organization or personal preferences. Administrator controlled and user customized, Liferay Portal provides a central platform for determining enterprise content policy, including who can edit and publish content, files, communities, files and applications. 

Single-Click Configuration

A fast, responsive interface makes Liferay Portal extremely easy and enjoyable to use for everyone in your organization. Typically time-consuming tasks such as altering a page layout, adding new applications and content, and changing look and feel can all be done in a couple of clicks without ever refreshing the page. 

Dynamic Drag & Drop

Liferay Portal was the first portal to offer this feature, allowing users to move different elements around in the portal by simply dragging and dropping them into place. 

Workflow Framework

Liferay Portal allows you to incorporate workflow into any of your own custom portlets by leveraging Liferay’s workflow APIs. This provides a better end user experience; saves your development team a lot of effort by reusing Liferay’s workflow administration tools; and provides seamless integration with all supported workflow engines. 

User-Driven Workflow & Approval

Not only is there embedded workflow for content, Liferay Portal allows users to create their own workflow and define the number of approval paths based on their own unique business requirements and operational needs. For example, administrators can now implement an approval process for new document uploads before they appear in the Document Library. 

Work From Your Desktop

Link to Liferay Portal from your desktop. Just drag your files into familiar “WebDAV” desktop folders and they are automatically uploaded to your portal. 

Search & Tagging

Tag web content, documents, message board threads and more to dynamically share important or interesting content with other portal users. Users can then search for relevant information within specific portlets, communities, within the entire portal and even within external integrated applications.

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