WebSphere Portal URL Requirements

WebSphere Portal (WP) has some specific requirements for the format and content of URL used by this application. Furthermore the WebSphere Portal URLs are not human decipherable or dependant on site taxonomy. One example of a typical WP version 6 URL might look like the following:

http://www.mycompany.com/wps/myportal/!ut/p/c1/04_SB8K8xLLM9MSSzPy8xBz9CP0os3hLRydHL1MjYwN3dyNXA6MAD3c_V2M_YwMDA30_j_zcVP2CbEdFAHUwnMg!/

The basic building blocks of this URL are defined as follows:

<protocol>://<hostname>:<port>/<portal-context>/<security-context>/[<virtual-portal-alias>]/[<portal-params>]

All elements of this URL are important to the portal server to ensure that the request is properly processed and it is very difficult to hide or manipulate any

<protocol> – This is the protocol used by the request in our case HTTP or HTTPS

<hostname> - This is the DNS resolvable host name of the entry point to our portal application

<port> - This is the port that the WebSphere Portal HTTP listener will be bound to and is often left off on a browser URL designating the port as either the default HTTP port 80 or HTTPS port 443. Any other port would need to be properly designated in the URL

<portal-context> - Portal Context is the part of the URL that determines which application on the WebSphere Server will service the request. The default for WebSphere Portal is wps

<security-context> - Security Context is the part of the URL that determines whether the user is request the anonymous or secure view of a given portal navigational element like a page. The default contexts are portal for the anonymous version and myportal for the secure version

<virtual-portal-alias> - Virtual Portal Alias (VP alias) is only relevant when the WebSphere Portal environment uses Virtual Portals. The Cisco Enterprise Portal (CEP) environment leverages the VP alias to do routing of requests to applications based on predefined service level agreement rules and

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