A web portal is an access controlled web site that brings information together from diverse sources in a uniform way. Variants of portals include mashups and intranet “dashboards” for executives and managers. The content is displayed for a particular business purpose.   A portal may provide information from databases and even provide alternate input methods for information. Portals provide a way for enterprises and organizations to provide a consistent look and feel with access control and procedures for multiple applications and databases.

Web portals are useful tools to facilitate communication and information transfer between organizations, with customers and with the mobile workforce.