About the Portal Administration Console

The new Portal Admin Console is a capability that is a core capability of most portal products, including WebLogic Portal and Oracle Portal. Starting with Patch Set 3, WebCenter has a formal admin console as well, that empowers portal administrators big time.

When you create a new application based on the WebCenter Portal Application template, the admin console is part of your application, by default. To access it, you have to log in as a user, member of the administrator role, such as weblogic (default password: weblogic1).

The first screen shot (below) gives you a quick view of all the resources that portal administrators can manage at runtime, including pages, page templates, navigation models, resource catalogs, skins, page styles, content presenter templates, and more. In the screen shot we see two pages, Home, and Products. Notice that Products has sub-pages (it has an icon linking to its sub-pages in the second column). Also, the security settings for Products has been overwritten; this is indicated by the little lock in the Access column. Last, the menu on the Actions icon shows you the list of actions you can perform on pages.

The second screen shot (below) shows that there are two navigations in our portal: Default Navigation and Peter Navigation.

The third screen shot (below) shows the editing experience for resource catalogs. (In previous releases you couldn’t edit resource catalogs at runtime, and the JDev editing experience was supported on the XML source level.)

The fourth screen shot (below) shows the Services tab. In this tab there are four service types that you can manage: content, external applications, portlet producers, and polls. Here we see how documents from the content server can be accessed, and managed.

The fifth screen shot (below) shows the WSRP portlet producer registration UI. Under “Portlet Producers” you can register portlet producers in the context of your portal (you don’t have to go to Enterprise Manager any longer for runtime portlet producer registration).

The sixth screen shot (below) demonstrates how you can manage your portal’s security configuration. You can manage the role memberships by adding and deleting users and groups.

The last screen shot (below) displays how portal administrators can change the portal preferences, including the defaults for the page template, resource catalog, navigation model, and skin.