How to Build Portals & Intranets


An intranet, also sometimes referred to as a portal, is a website built for people inside a company. While a business's external website has information for customers, the internal website or intranet, has information specifically for employees. If you want to build a portal or intranet website for your company, you can follow established best practices to help ensure success.

Get executive sponsorship. Get approval for the intranet website from a company executive or department head by explaining how the website will be useful to employees. After that is approval is obtained, get technology sponsorship. Work with someone from your company's IT organization who can provide you with the server space you will need for the intranet website.

Choose a technology for building your intranet. Ask your IT organization for a recommendation. Some website-building technologies, such as Microsoft FrontPage and Macromedia Dreamweaver, are designed especially for first-time website builders.

Gather content. Standard information for new intranet websites includes employee contact information, department-level objectives and orientation documents, shared templates or best practices documents and departmental news and events information.

Keep the site design simple. Use a template from the website design tool you have chosen if one is available. Focus on having useful content and on making the content easy to find rather than on the graphic design of the website.

Engage others and promote the site. Use the common communication tools in your office, such as email or memos, to let coworkers know about the intranet website, how to find it and the information that is on it.

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