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Share data between different IBM WebSphere Portal applications
The Shared Data application object is one of the preinstalled application objects that are available to use with IBM WebSphere Portal Personalization rules. To use a Shared Data application object, you must use the Personalization API to initialize and set its properties. This tutorial shows how to set properties for a Shared Data object and then use those properties in a Personalization rule.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 24 Jun 2016
Configuring IBM WebSphere Portal v8.0 on z/OS
This white paper explains the steps for several common configurations of WebSphere Portal v8.0 z/OS, including configuring WebSphere z/OS via zPMT and via the ISPF panels. Also included are the IBM Installation Manager commands for installing WebSphere Portal v8.0 z/OS, targeting users who may be new to WebSphere Portal z/OS or new to WebSphere Portal v8.0.
Articles 12 Feb 2013
Custom NoSkin skin with portlet action menu for an IBM WebSphere Portal theme
By default the IBM WebSphere Portal NoSkin skin has no title bar. This means it also does not have a portlet action menu, which can make it difficult to configure the portlet when the page is switched to edit mode. This article presents a custom NoSkin, called NoSkinPlus, that displays nothing in view mode but shows a title bar super-imposed on the portlet in edit mode.
Articles 18 Jan 2013
Performance tuning guide: IBM WebSphere Portal Express 8 on IBM i V7R1
This white paper discusses performance tuning recommendations that are specific to running IBM WebSphere Portal on the IBM i platform, focusing on the WebSphere Portal Express 8.0 and IBM i (i5/OS) V7R1 / V7R1M1 profile and platform versions. Our emphasis is on platform-level recommendations unique to the IBM i that are minimally discussed in the existing WebSphere Portal performance tuning guides.
Articles 02 Jan 2013
Building a PDF-generator portlet using IBM Web Experience Factory
Learn how to build an IBM Web Experience Factory portlet that creates PDF files on the fly, using XSL files (*.fo) and the Apache Formatting Objects Processor (FOP) library. In our builder, XSL-FO syntaxes are extended with custom XML elements that allow us to add dynamic behavior during the generation of the PDF.
Articles 07 Dec 2012
Creating a custom IBM WebSphere Portal portlet to search across IBM Web Content Manager, Connections, and Lotus Quickr
This article shows you how to create a custom search portlet in IBM WebSphere Portal that searches IBM Web Content Manager, IBM Connections, and IBM Lotus Quickr using REST APIs.
Articles 29 Nov 2012
IBM WebSphere Portal performance planning, testing, and bottleneck analysis
Learn the high-level steps for testing IBM WebSphere Portal performance and for resolving performance bottlenecks.
Articles 03 Oct 2012
Troubleshooting IBM Lotus Quickr for WebSphere Portal security / access issues
IBM Lotus Quickr for WebSphere Portal, as the name suggests, is an application running on WebSphere Portal that relies on underlying infrastructure for its security management, WebSphere Identity Manager (WIM) / Portal User Management Architecture (PUMA). Therefore working with Lotus Quickr requires familiarity with IBM WebSphere Portal and IBM WebSphere Application Server's security setup and user management.
Articles 05 Sep 2012
Integrating the Web Application Bridge (WAB) with IBM WebSphere Portal 8.0: A step-by-step guide
Learn how to integrate the Web Application Bridge (WAB) with IBM WebSphere Portal 8.0; specifically, understand, install, and configure WAB with WebSphere Portal 8.0.
Articles 05 Sep 2012
Event-based inter-portlet communication with IBM WebSphere Portal and JSR286
This article illustrates how to combine a Java portlet and IBM WebSphere Portal event processing to be used to achieve navigation in a portlet-based Web application, as well as information passing. The sample application is built with IBM Rational Application Developer (RAD) for WebSphere v8.0.4.
Articles 22 Aug 2012
Tuning IBM WebSphere Portal and IBM Web Content Manager for best anonymous page performance
This article demonstrates the rationale for and benefits of using anonymous pages as well as a process for configuring IBM WebSphere Portal, IBM Web Content Manager, and the Web server to provide maximum performance
Articles 21 Aug 2012
Integrating IBM WebSphere Portal 7 with LDAP: Overview and standalone configuration
This step-by-step guide explains how to integrate IBM WebSphere Portal 7 with Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) and to configure the standalone LDAP configuration with WebSphere Portal. We describe the setup and configuration of the LDAP Servers, IBM Tivoli Directory Server v6.2 and Microsoft Windows Active Directory 5.2, and how to integrate with WebSphere Portal as a standalone LDAP configuration.
Articles 21 Aug 2012
Implementing event-driven GUI patterns using the ZK Java AJAX framework
This white paper explores three event-driven graphical user interface (GUI) patterns using the ZK Java AJAX framework; specifically, "Passive View," "Supervising Controller" and "Presentation Model." The patterns are discussed in the context of a simple screen implemented three times using each of the three patterns.
Articles 21 Aug 2012
Deploying and developing IBM WebSphere Portal 8 themes: A step-by-step guide
WebDAV entry points for themes and skins were introduced in IBM WebSphere Portal version 7. This eased development of themes, especially when working together with Web agencies, and provided a convenient way to change the most common artifacts quickly.
Articles 21 Aug 2012
Integrating IBM WebSphere Portal 7 with Microsoft SharePoint 2010
IBM WebSphere Portal and Microsoft SharePoint are popular platforms that organizations adopt as their base platform for their portals, and organizations often want to integrate the two technologies. This kind of synthesis is needed because a number of multiple, separately administered SharePoint installations are difficult to integrate with enterprise applications and legacy systems running on WebSphere Portal.
Articles 23 Jul 2012
Improving IBM Web Content Manager Personalization rule performance using Include Only
When rules are created to retrieve IBM Web Content Manager (WCM) content from the repository, some of the rules can get rather complex and expensive. New in IBM WebSphere Portal version 7 is the ability to use the Include Only option when creating a Personalization (PZN) rule to select content.
Articles 11 Jul 2012
Understanding the IBM Eclipse HelpAdvisor Service in IBM WebSphere Portal Server
IBM Eclipse HelpAdvisor Service (IEHS) is a customized portlet service in IBM WebSphere Portal Server. The service displays a Help topic in a pop-up window by using the Eclipse Help System Web Infocenter UI for JavaTM Specification Request (JSR) portlets. The topic is shown by use of the user's preferred locale from their WebSphere Portal user profile. IEHS is composed of the following components: HelpAdvisor Service interface. Defines the functionality that the service will provide and extends the interface (see listing 1). This service ensures there is only one HelpAdvisor instance, shared among all portlets.
Articles 21 Jun 2012
Basic guide for using IBM Web Experience Factory
Learn how to use IBM Web Experience Factory 8; specifically, how to create a simple Create, Retrieve, Update, Delete (CRUD) portlet and how to add a filter to the portlet, using one or two input text or combo boxes. This white paper also explains the steps to add validation rules to the portlet and to add notifications to the portlet input form. We focus on the step-by-step process and provide images for all steps.
Articles 21 Jun 2012
Productizing an approved UI design into a functional UI in IBM WebSphere Portal 8
This article addresses the situation in which the look and feel of an IBM WebSphere Portal page is designed by a User Interface (UI) design expert, and the actual productization of these styles are done by the another developer. The UI design expert prepares the styles---like Cascaded Style Sheets (CSS) or a sample HTML)--- per the UI specification and design, and these styles or sample HTML are then consumed by the developer to develop an actual, functional UI for a product. The developer takes into account all the specific requirements of the product and important factors like namespacing, internationalization support, cross-browser support, accessibility support, and so on. This article guides you through step-by-step checkpoints to productize the styles into a realtime UI. The intended audience is Portal developers with expertise in JavaServer Pages (JSPs) who want to develop a functional UI using the sample styles and HTML code written by an HTML and CSS expert. UI experts can also use this article to deliver the sample CSS and HTML for an approved design. Readers of the article should have the functional requirement document of the expected UI.
Articles 21 Jun 2012
IBM Web Experience Factory 8: A developer's perspective
Understand the key concepts of the IBM Web Experience Factory 8 tool, key capabilities, and benefits over conventional portlet development tools, and learn how to leverage them in developing portlet applications.
Articles 13 Jun 2012
Methods for resetting IBM WebSphere Portal portlet views
This article explains how to reset portlet views with multiple frameworks (Java Specification Request, IBM Web Content Manager, and JavaServer Faces), along with examining how the theme impacts the process and can be used to reset the state. Also, we examine how the various themes (Portal standard, Portalweb2, PB2) can be modified to achieve the desired results.
Articles 23 May 2012
IBM WebSphere Portal 7 customization scenario: Part 1, Customizing a menu portlet
This article was written based on IBM WebSphere Portal (hereafter called “Portal”) 7, and the portlet was tested on Portal 7 Fix Pack 2. It will be useful for Portal implementers who need to customize Portal 7 features, using an API or Service Provider Interface (SPI) to suit customer requirements, including customizing menu displays, portlets display on a page, user registration and the user management module. To get the most from this article, you should have basic understanding of Portal configuration and JavaTM Portlet Specification (JSR) portlet development.
Articles 16 May 2012
IBM WebSphere Portal 8.0 IIM / Launchpad / FirstSteps at a glance: Installing WebSphere Portal and Portal Express
This article is aimed at first-time users of IBM WebSphere Portal 8.0, introducing some key functions and best practices, and briefly looks at IBM Installation Manager (IIM), WebSphere Portal 8.0 Launchpad.
Articles 09 May 2012
Performance management tools for IBM WebSphere Portal
This document details the tooling that was used during a recent performance-related customer engagement. It describes the tools and how they were used to evaluate IBM WebSphere Portal 7 performance / problem determination issues.
Articles 06 Mar 2012
Enabling communication between IBM WebSphere Process Server and IBM WebSphere Portal via command line operations
Learn how to enable SSO and generate LTPA tokens between IBM WebSphere Process Server and an IBM WebSphere Portal server in cross-cell mode; that is, via command line operations (silent mode). Included is a detailed example .zip file with python scripts.
Articles 24 Feb 2012
Creating an IBM Lotus Quickr cleanup utility
Learn how to create a cleanup utility to delete unused/empty folders (and memory space) from IBM Lotus Quickr 8.1 for WebSphere Portal, using the Quickr Web services API, to help improve Quickr's performance.
Articles 24 Feb 2012
Leveraging Reverse AJAX in IBM WebSphere Portal 7.0 using Dojo CometD and Web messaging service
This article provides a hands-on exercise to leverage Reverse AJAX in portlets using Dojo CometD foundation and the Web messaging service component of the Feature Pack for Web 2.0. It demonstrates a scenario in which an open channel is kept between a client's browser and the IBM® WebSphere® Portal server so that WebSphere Portal can push updates to the client as soon as they are available.
Articles 24 Feb 2012
Rapid Portlet Development with WebSphere Portlet Factory: Step-by-Step Guide for Building Your Own Portlets
Bernal begins by illuminating the role of architecture and the responsibilities of the architect in WebSphere applications and SOA environments. Next, he introduces specific architectural techniques for addressing persistence, application performance, security, functionality, user interaction, and much more.
Books 15 Jul 2011
Comment lines by Joey Bernal: A three-stage roadmap for social networking
Getting started with Web 2.0 and social networking can be a challenge for any organization. Identifying Web 2.0 patterns and creating a cohesive roadmap for implementation requires some degree of investment. Knowing where you are headed can help in putting together a long term plan.
Also available in: Chinese  
Articles 09 Dec 2009
IBM Redbooks: Portal Application Development using WebSphere Portlet Factory
Learn specific techniques and a best practices approach for developing portlets using WebSphere Portlet Factory. Using a fictitious company scenario, we discuss how to build a Customer Self Service and Customer Representative application.
Redbooks 09 Nov 2007
IBM WebSphere Developer Technical Journal: Implement a contextual portal with WebSphere Portal
Discover how to use IBM WebSphere Portal to create a contextual portal: a dynamic, agile, intelligent, and context-aware user interface that overcomes the limitations and productivity challenges of static Web sites and portals by adapting to the user's situation and context. Understanding and exploiting dynamic capabilities in WebSphere Portal can help you improve your users' experience and productivity -- and raise the value of your portal site.
Articles 21 Jun 2006
WebSphere Portal: On-ramp to service-oriented architecture
A discussion of SOA benefits, the evolution of portals and composite applications, and the relationship of portals to SOA.
Articles 30 Nov 2005
IBM Redbooks: IBM WebSphere Portal for Multiplatforms V5.1 Handbook
This new Redbook describes the new features and enhancements to WebSphere Portal V5.1 for Multiplatforms and serves as a follow-up to the IBM Redbook titled IBM WebSphere Portal for Multiplatforms V5 Handbook, SG24-6098. (SG24-6689)
Redbooks 30 Mar 2005
IBM Redbooks: Rational Application Developer V6 Programming Guide
This Redbook draft tells how to use the IBM Rational Application Developer V6.0 full-function Eclipse 3.0 based development platform to develop J2EE applications to be deployed to WebSphere Portal and WebSphere Application Server. (SG24-6449)
Redbooks 23 Feb 2005
IBM Redbook: WebSphere Portal V5.0 Production Deployment and Operations Guide
This IBM Redbook contains best practices for deployment and operational support of WebSphere Portal V5 in a production environment. It addresses the questions on how to initially deploy WebSphere Portal. After you have deployed WebSphere Portal, you can use the operational best practices described in this redbook for themes, skins, pages, and portlet updates in a 24/7 enterprise. (SG24-6391)
Redbooks 23 Feb 2005
IBM WebSphere Portal InfoCenters, Version 4.1
This page provides access to the most current V4.1 InfoCenters in all supported languages.
Product documentation 15 Nov 2004
IBM WebSphere Portal Education Overview
Use this guide or roadmap to help you plan appropriate training for yourself and your team. (PDF)
Information roadmap 26 Oct 2004
Procedure for Switching Database Servers for WebSphere Portal 5.0
This is a procedure for switching a working WebSphere Portal v5.0 server from one database server to another. Use this document for backup and recovery procedures or for moving a portal through the staging to development process. This procedure works with both clustered and single node WebSphere Portal installations.
Product documentation 23 Aug 2004
Procedure for Changing Domain Name for WebSphere Portal 5.0
This document describes the process for changing the domain name, IP name, or hostname of an operating WebSphere Portal v5.0.x. Use this procedure when reconfiguring a local network domain from to You can also use this procedure to reconfigure WebSphere Portal when moving a server from one location to another. This procedure is valid for all versions of WebSphere Portal v5.0.x.
Product documentation 23 Aug 2004
WebSphere Portal for Multiplatforms V5: Migration Guide
This guide takes you through the process migrating from a previous version of WebSphere Portal to a V5.0x version of WebSphere Portal. You see how to plan for the migration, ensure you have the prerequisites, and then you walk through the entire process.
Product documentation 17 Aug 2004
IBM Redpaper: Adding Voice to your Portlet Applications
Learn how to develop a voice portlet using VoiceXML and the portlet API. (REDP-3878-00 )
Redbooks 22 Jun 2004
IBM WebSphere Portal 5.0.2 Collaboration Center Migration Considerations
This product document describes the differences between the Collaboration Center for WebSphere Portal V5 and V5.02, such as, differences in the People Finder portlet. It also provides the steps to install, deploy, and configure the new level of the collaborative components using a fix pack.
Product documentation 01 Jun 2004
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