The term online refers to the Internet and the web pages that form part of the World Wide Web. An online portal is a website that provides an entry point for a range of information, tools, and links Website can be defined as it is a structure the access to information found on the Internet. People assume that the web portal has been around since the invention of the Internet that is not the case; Late-1990s many companies tried to build or acquire a portal to have a piece of the Internet market. The web portal gained special attention because it was, for many users, the starting point of their web browser .
In 1982, the Internet protocol suite (TCP/IP) was standardized, Commercial Internet service providers (ISPs) began to emerge in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Netscape became a part of America Online, the Walt Disney Company launched Go.com, IBM and others launched Prodigy, Lycos was said to be a good target for other media companies, such as CBS. CBS Broadcasting, Inc. (CBS) is a major U.S. commercial broadcasting television network, Disney on January 1998 registered go.com. Infoseek and Disney Online joint ventured in developing the Go Network, an internet portal.
Go.com was launched in January 1999 as a portal with content from ABCNews.com, ESPN.com and Disney. The dot-com bust in 2000 and 2001, Excite went bankrupt, Go.com dropped its internal search engine in favor of goto.com search results. In 2013, Disney retired the Go.com logo and branding, turning the domain into a Disney-branded landing page. Types of Portal – Personal portals, Government web portals, corporate web portals, Search portals, and news portals, social Networking portals etc.
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Each information source gets its dedicated area on the page for displaying information Domain name – A domain name represents an Internet Protocol (IP) resource, such as a personal computer used to access the Internet, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). It authorizes domain name registrars, through which domain names may be registered and reassigned. Extension – syntax
Server it is a computer hosting a web site
Most newspapers now have an online edition, including The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, and The New York Times. In India, major newspapers went online to provide latest and most updated news from them Times of India, Hindustan Times, The Hindu, Indian Express and The New Indian Express. Some newspapers even provide E-Paper which is regarded as the digital replica of the newspaper. Regional News portals; Give local, regional news.
The true online only paper is a paper that does not have any hard copy connections. An example of this is an independent web only newspaper, introduced in the UK in 2000, called the Southport Reporter. It is a weekly regional newspaper that is not produced or run in any format other than ‘soft-copy’ they fall under the UK’s PCC rules like the U.S. News & World Report are abandoning print and going online-only In 1993 it only communicated 1% of the information flowing already 51% by 2000, and more than 97% of the telecommunicated information by 2007. Today the Internet continues to grow, driven by ever greater amounts of online information, commerce, entertainment, and social networking.