Web portal

The usap.gov website

Specially designed website that brings information from diverse sources, like emails, online forums and search engines, together in a uniform way.

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The current MSN home page design, introduced in 2014
The current MSN home page design, introduced in 2014
MSN.com on its initial launch day, August 24, 1995
MSN Money on Windows 10 in dark mode
MSN.com in October 1996, with the logo used from 1995 to 1998

MSN (meaning Microsoft Network) is a web portal and related collection of Internet services and apps for Windows and mobile devices, provided by Microsoft and launched on August 24, 1995, alongside the release of Windows 95.

Mashup (web application hybrid)

Web page or web application that uses content from more than one source to create a single new service displayed in a single graphical interface.

Sewage-treatment-facility - The German language has many compounds

Under the Web 1.0 model, organizations stored consumer data on portals and updated them regularly.


American web services provider.

Home page
Home page
Yahoo! headquarters in Sunnyvale, California
Jerry Yang and David Filo, the founders of Yahoo
The Yahoo home page in 1994, when it was a directory. A search engine was added in 1995.
Map showing localized versions of Yahoo! web portals, as of 2008
Yahoo sign at Times Square
Yahoo headquarters in 2001

It provides a web portal, search engine Yahoo Search, and related services, including My Yahoo!, Yahoo Mail, Yahoo News, Yahoo Finance, Yahoo Sports and its advertising platform, Yahoo! Native.


A screenshot of Lycos.com as of 2015
A screenshot of Lycos.com as of 2015

Lycos, Inc., is a web search engine and web portal established in 1994, spun out of Carnegie Mellon University.

Excite (web portal)

Excite@Home headquarters for sale. The buildings have since been re-purposed as a medical facility

Excite is an American web portal operated by IAC that provides a variety of outsourced content including news and weather, a metasearch engine, and a user homepage.

Java Portlet Specification

The Java Portlet Specification defines a contract between the portlet container and portlets and provides a convenient programming model for Java portlet developers.

A design by contract scheme

Portlets are pluggable user interface software components that are managed and displayed in a web portal, for example an enterprise portal or a web CMS.

Estate agent

Person or business that arranges the selling, renting, or management of properties and other buildings.

Front windows of a small estate agency in Mons (Belgium).

This has led to digital marketers being able to influence online behaviour in the property market through the use of a Web Portal.


First AOL logo as "America Online", used from 1991 to 2005.
America Online 2.0 software for Microsoft Windows (1994)
Former AOL logo, used from 2005 to 2009
Decline in AOL U.S. subscribers Q2 2001 – Q2 2009, with a significant drop from Q2 2006 onward.
An AOL Mobile sign at GSMA Barcelona, Spain, 2008
The AOL 'eraser' logo, in use since 2009
AOL's Silicon Valley branch office.
AOL CDs sent to a student dormitory in Germany, 2002
Some promotional CD-ROMs distributed in Canada.
CD in original mailer

AOL (stylized as Aol., formerly a company known as AOL Inc. and originally known as America Online) is an American web portal and online service provider based in New York City.

Search engine

Software system designed to carry out web searches.

The results of a search for the term "lunar eclipse" in a web-based image search engine
High-level architecture of a standard Web crawler

In contrast, many of its competitors embedded a search engine in a web portal.

Online shopping

Form of electronic commerce which allows consumers to directly buy goods or services from a seller over the Internet using a web browser or a mobile app.

Michael Aldrich, pioneer of online shopping in the 1980s.
Foodora's home delivery by bicycle in Tampere, Finland
An automated online assistant, with potential to enhance user interface on shopping sites.

Other solutions allow the user to register and create an online shop on a portal that hosts multiple shops simultaneously from one back office.