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Using Liferay as a Development Platform

Building your site on Liferay’s development platform can give you a head start. It provides everything you need to support your applications, so you can concentrate solely on what you’re building, and not the rest of the features your users expect to come along with it.

Imagine your application for a moment. Does it require users to register on your site? Can users comment on content contained in your application? Is there something that users can tag or categorize? If you think about how the code is organized, would it benefit from modularization? Do you plan on having multiple clients like web and mobile access a single back-end? Could you make use of a rich JavaScript framework with many components built into it? How about permissions—do you need to make information available to some users, but not to all users?

You get all this and much more. It’s a very powerful platform, and certainly worth your investigation. If you’re a developer, it behooves you to check out our developer documentation.

A Great Integration Platform

If you’re building an enterprise system, portals were designed in the first place to be a single point of entry to your users’ applications and content. Since Liferay Portal integrates with user directories such as LDAP and Active Directory, single sign-on systems such as SAML and OpenSSO, and authorization systems like OAuth 2.0, it fits well into your enterprise systems. This makes it a great integration platform for existing applications.

Liferay Portal, since it adheres to the JSR standard for portlets, was designed from the ground up for application integration. You can add any application installed on the system to any page. You can make use of APIs provided by other systems to integrate their data into an application window in Liferay. And applications you create with Liferay’s Service Builder framework can be web service-enabled from the start.

Developing applications is only one part of the platform. Many users value Liferay Portal for how it can be customized. Next, you’ll see how you can customize Liferay Portal so that it looks and operates exactly the way you’ve envisioned for your site.

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