Now it’s time for applying the strategies and developing the portal by employing the results of pre-production phase and following architectural specifications. Here’s a brief about our portal development process.
First step is to finalize the portal components such as portlet, shell, page, book, menu, layout, placeholders etc. and establish the hierarchical relationship between them.
Then we include the controls, tags, page flows and session management components in the portal design. So now we have a frame of the portal to develop. Our designers now show their caliber by designing the portal by inclusion of all the components satisfying the client needs.
In designing the look and feel of the portal, care is taken to design it such that the appearance can urge the users to engage more with the portal. We take care of the placements of the various elements, colors to complement the portal, behavior of the elements and landing pages, ease of access to the relevant contents, etc.
For each module, each page or component, customization is done based on the type of user or functionalities to make the portal interactive enough and focusing on the on-page graphics of the portal. And lastly we try to design the UI such that the user finds it effortless to navigate through the portal and so we incorporate breadcrumbs, uniform title bar, etc. on each page.
After designing the elements and modules of the portal, we now move to the back end development to make these all front end elements functional. Initially, we develop the algorithms and logics for services that are to be included in the portal such as search engine, mail, document management, instant messaging, task management, events, etc.