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Using Liferay Portal as a collaborative platform

Liferay Portal includes a suite of collaborative applications, and they’re all integrated together.

These applications range from personal productivity applications like a calendar and email, to community-building applications like message boards, blogs, and wikis.

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Figure 1: Liferay Portal’s message boards are as fully featured as any standalone forum application, with the added benefit that they’re integrated with the rest of the system.

This is a suite of integrated applications with all the features of similar, standalone applications. For example, Liferay Portal’s Message Boards include categories and subcategories, message threads, captcha, RSS feeds, email notification, posting via email, and much more. But more than this, the applications are integrated with the rest of Liferay Portal’s framework. Users log in and their profiles are used automatically by the message boards and all the other collaborative applications. And as you’ll see later, functionality from the built in applications can be added to your own to provide features like comments in your own software, and you don’t have to write any code to do it.

One important feature of all the collaborative applications—as well as web content and documents—is the Recycle Bin. If users delete content that must be restored later, you don’t have to find it in your backups: it’s in the Recycle Bin.

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Figure 2: The Recycle Bin can hold any kind of content.

Liferay Portal’s suite of collaborative applications includes a Blog (complete with blog aggregation features so you can publish multiple users’ blog entries in one place), Message Boards, a Wiki, a Knowledge Base that you can use to publish a library of articles, activities display, and personal productivity applications like a calendar.

Liferay Portal includes what you need to enable users to collaborate. Next, you’ll see how Liferay Portal’s platform benefits developers.

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