Installation options

There are two types of installation: full and administration. Choose one of the following installation options:


The administration option includes the administration portlets and welcome pages. Select this option if you do not need all of the out-of-box features.

You can add composite applications or common mail portlets later if needed.

For example if you plan to design a custom portal environment and only need composite applications, select the Administration options. After you complete the installation and setup, run the appropriate task to install composite applications.


The full option includes all of the out-of-box portlets and administration portlets. Select this option if you plan to use most of the out-of-box features.

WebSphere Portal provides a portal light mode which can improve portal start up time and reduce memory consumption in production environments; see Configuring WebSphere Portal > Configuring portal behavior > Using portal light mode.

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Installation methods, options, and sources

Related tasks

Use portal light mode
Add features to an administration installation