WebSphere Portal v6.5.1 new features and improvements



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WebSphere Portal v6.5.1 includes new features, such as the page builder and WebDAV, as well as enhancements to existing features such as easier page creation and customization and improved security features.

Easier page creation and customization

Page creation and customization is easier using the new Tab Menu - Page Builder theme, you can create pages, move pages, select pages using tree-like navigation, and change the layout of pages directly from the tab you are on. For this release, the new theme is provided automatically only with a full install. Simply click the Home tab then click Go to Edit Mode, click on More Actions and then click on New Child Page. Click Go to Edit Mode, then click the Customize button to add content or change the page appearance by selecting from a predefined list of styles and layouts. You can also share pages that created or customized with other users.

Page builder

Page Builder is a new portal feature which provides inline customization capabilities at the user's fingertips, rather than by using the administration portlets. Page builder allows users' authoring experience, as it streamlines the modification of pages by providing editing tools directly on the page. Use the portal page builder feature to quickly and easily create, customize, and share pages with teammates and community members. Add content to your pages using a variety of sources made available on the content catalog: portal portlets and shared pages; IBM Mashup Center feeds, iWidgets, and pages; Lotus Connections activities, communities, social bookmarks; and custom content sources that you configure.

Learn more about portal page builder.

Mashup integration

Mashup integration lets WebSphere Portal users share and incorporate lightweight, dynamic Web applications either by creating a mashup page directly in the portal, or by adding a mashup page from the IBM Mashup Center catalog. Users can also share the mashup pages they create in WebSphere Portal by publishing them to the Mashup Center catalog.

Learn more about mashup integration.

Blog and wiki templates

New blog and wiki template libraries facilitate information sharing and collaboration, making it easier to engage the community. Bloggers can deliver news and commentary and hear from readers who can freely post their own comments and observations. Wikis extend the collaborative environment by supporting shared content creation. Learn more about blogs and wikis.

New security features

Impersonation allows a user, such as a support specialist, to access a user's workstation to test out a new page, portlet, and so forth, and see issues as they occur on the workstation. Before you can impersonate another user, you first must enable the impersonation feature. You will also need Delegator@User access.

Learn more about impersonation and how to enable it.


WebDAV for WebSphere Portal allows users to administer portal pages and content of static pages of a portal by using standard operating system tools. This way, client-side administrators and users can browse, read, and write these resources by using file explorers or editors. Portal pages are represented as folders. They can contain subfolders that represent child pages. Static pages are placed in a separate folder. Users can work in the folders as usual, for example by performing drag-and-drop operations. The folders also hold property files that contain metadata for portal resources, such as the title and description. Users can edit the property files to update portal resources. When the user saves the updated file, the updates are transferred and applied to the portal directly.

Learn more about WebDAV.

File store

Allow widgets and portlets to store files in the Java Content Repository (JCR) via WebDAV. It basically provides two areas to store those files, public or user specific. For the public area, everyone can read, authenticated users can write. For the user specific area (.../users/user_name/...), only the user user_name has access to these files. This area also provides public subdirectory with read-only access (.../users/user_name/public/...).

Learn more about WedDAV file store.

Analyze user behavior

New Active Site Analytics enable you to learn more about user behavior on the portal site.

You can see which pages they visit and which portlets they use.

Learn more about Active Site Analytics.

Portal light mode

Portal now provides a light mode which can improve start up time and reduce memory consumption in production environments.

Learn more about portal light mode.

Page sharing

This new feature allow users to share a Portal or Mashup page with another user or group of users.

The user receiving the shared page can accept it into their navigation structure.

Learn more about page sharing.

Template pages

Portal template pages makes it easy for authors to create new pages. It enables you to portal pages that can be used as templates for creating new pages. All page settings will be carried over when a new page is created using that template.

Learn more about template pages.

Enhanced feed subscription and presentation capabilities

The new IBM Syndicated Feed Portlet for WebSphere Portal enables you to integrate, view, and manage RSS and ATOM feeds from the portal pages.

You can organize the feeds into new and existing feed categories and extensively customize the presentation style for these feeds. The portlet is supported in a proxied environment and enables dynamic modification of the portlet window title. As an Administrator, you can configure several portlet settings right from within the portlet interface and apply selective locks on a user's ability to customize the portlet. The portlet complies with the Outline Processor Markup Language (OPML) standards for subscription management and supports the export and import of feeds.

Learn more about IBM Syndicated Feed Portlet.

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