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    What do you think is the best layout for a web portal template design?

    Can you give me some ideas and options? perhaps some webportals (urls) you may have visited.

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    The best portal is none at all. Good luck creating one; there isn't much room left!

    As for a layout...SIMPLE. Use Yahoo! and AltaVista as guides...the whole idea of a portal is to provide lots of info...layout isn't a major focus.



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    I disagree with you TWT.
    Obviously it would be very hard to compete with the likes of Altavista, Yahoo and MSN but there is definitely room for more targeted specialised portals. For example I am getting funding to create a portal for my city. There is definitely a need for it - it's begging to be built.

    A general portal would be very hard to build and become successful without millions of in your promotion budget but there is a need for niche portals, for example an indie music portal or a teenager portal. I think the correct word to describe these types of sites are vortals (or vertical portals) although I could be wrong.

    syntax_error - to answer your question
    I would recommend checking out www.coolhomepages.com and looking at their portal/ezine/info sections. You should be able to get inspiration there.



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    Gem,

    I don't really disagree with you for the most part...syntax didn't specify anything much about the portal, so I basically assumed it was just a general portal.

    There's some room for niche portals, although obviously they can't have the same clout, being specialized and all.

    Anyway, syntax: what kind of portal is it? *Please* say it's targetted.


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    Yup! MY bad - the portal or vortal (if you wish) I am thinking of is for a specific set of users.I obviously have not the resources for something like Yahoo or Altavista. But what I have in mind is a single sources area where people with a SPECIFIC KEEN INTEREST (e.g., let's say people who own corvettes!) can gather and obviously discuss interact, read news etc. Nothing too outrageous but obviously something worth coming to and coming back to!!

    So my original question still applies.

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    Make your search good and reliable. Offering something that NO OTHER web portal has to offer -- something unique. For example: you could offer some sort of webcam on the mainpage overlooking the city (if you designed a portal for a certain town). Well, you get my idea. And if you don't feel like starting your own index (difficult to gather millions of pages) use an existing one as an affiliate and earn money per search. I recommend goto.com as they are the best search engine with the best philosophy in my opinion. Also, keep the content streaming and always updated. If you don't have a large team of correspondents putting articles online, I recommend using MoreOver. You can integrate their headlines into your site design and they are from reliable sources. Very targeted news topics as well to appeal to your audience. Maybe do a promotion when you launch, free mousepads with your domain name or something. Just something different. I'd be interested to see the URL when you make it. Best of luck, honestly. Time someone gives Yahoo and the others serious competition.

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    Defiantely keep it unique as mentioned before. Ask yourself "Why would people visit this instead of another portal or vortal?" without thinking about the topic it's on...




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    Thanks guys for the timely information and responses. The portal I have in mind is nothing too major as am a newbie at site design.

    But while we are at it please if you can suggest *free* sources (for the benefit of me and perhaps others) for incorporating the following features:

    forums, surveys, calendars, quiz, guestbook, site promo, site stats, chat..( i hope i haven't exhausted the list!)

    ANy urls of not-so-graphic intensive portal sites? coolpages.com have some good examples of the graphic intensive ones as mentioned earlier here in the thread (thanks)




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    <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote/font><HR>Originally posted by syntax_error:

    But while we are at it please if you can suggest *free* sources (for the benefit of me and perhaps others) for incorporating the following features:

    forums, surveys, calendars, quiz, guestbook, site promo, site stats, chat..( i hope i haven't exhausted the list!)
    <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    You could try looking at:
    www.bravenet.com www.bla-bla.com www.liveuniverse.com www.hyperbanner.net

    Or you can check out SitePoint's resources section. They have all kinds of reviews and recommendations on things like guestbooks, bulletin boards, etc.

    Hope it helps!
    Sparkie

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    If you're looking for a design of a portal that I think works really well, then check out: www.iwon.com

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    Here's another portal that I like a lot, personally. eFront. They are acquiring a bunch of sites (one of which I worked for, and they're pretty nice) and putting the new stuff from each on their site. For an example check http://tech.efront.com/ .

    Personally I don't use portals..unless you count about:blank as one

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    syntax_error I'd recommend using one of the portal options over at SearchKing Portals which include your own database, search engine, e-mail, chat, banners, etc, pretty much everything you need to set it up. Depending on which option you choose it's free or the more advanced system has a monthly fee but you can run it on your own url and lots more features.

    Great system for vortals.

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    Again thanks guys for the responses


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