Liferay Portal by default is configured to sit at the root (i.e.,
/) of your application server. Dedicating your application server to running only Liferay Portal is a good practice, allowing for separation between your portal environment and your web application environment. This is generally a best practice for portals, which by definition are application development platforms in and of themselves. For that reason, your instance of Liferay is likely to be hosting many applications and even integrating several of them together on a single page. For this reason, you should design your system so your portal environment has all the resources it needs to do this. Configuring it so it is the sole consumer of any other
.war files that get deployed to the application server helps to make sure your system performs optimally.
If, however, you want Liferay to share space on an application server with other applications, you can. In this instance, you may not want to make Liferay the default application in the root context of the server. If you want to install Liferay in a context other than the root context, follow the instructions from your app server vendor. No additional steps are necessary.
Now that you have Liferay installed in the context you wish, you’ll want to understand Liferay’s releases and the process for keeping your installation up to date. We’ll spend a brief amount of time on that next.