Getting Started to SAP Portal services

In this blog, we will start with building portal sites, first you need to access your SAP cloud cockpit. Once you have successfully connected to your SAP Cloud Platform account, you can enable and configure the portal service.

In a productive account, you need a valid subscription – in our case, we can use the trial account. Now click on “go to service”, it opens a page called the "portal administration space".

Home” - This is the central environment for a user as a portal administrator. It looks similar to the cockpit, so on the left side you have the key services and tools, and in the middle part, you have an area where you usually do your activities and configurations. On that central landing page, it has the most updated information about recent projects.
It also shows an overview of our accelerators and templates that is provided on GitHub. Moreover, it also shows the initial idea of how many visitors access your sites.

If you would now like to look in a little bit more detail into the aspect of areas or create specific sites, then the "Site Directory" is the central place to go.
First of all, you see all your projects, independently of whether they are launchpad or freestyle sites. For each of the projects, you see here a kind of status, URL. Also it shows the option to start the editing environment for the aspect of Site, or you can take some additional action, like taking it offline, or publishing it in case it has been recently edited, you can make it a default site of all your projects, you can duplicate, or even export and import.

Please note that you can only delete sites when they are offline, so if you have a productive version running that is accessible to end users, you can't delete it right away – you have to take it offline first.

How to create different types of pages?
Click the "+" sign, you see that you start a wizard for creating a new site. And this could have different templates as a source. From SAP, it provides different out-of-the-box layouts and designs, for example, a "Starter Site", a "Basic Layout Set", where you have a kind of header, footer, side panels that you can use for getting started quickly, or the "SAP Fiori Launchpad", which is one of the experiences that comes very close to the default SAP user interface.

Services and Tools” - Here you have two main services that you will use quite often.

One is the "Theme Manager" – this is the place where we upload our own visual designs and themes and you can administrate them there.
And the second one is the "Asset Repository", where you may place central documents, logos, images, or videos that you want to use across multiple projects of yours.

Usage Analytics” - Here you find further information about the number of users and visits to your Web sites, as well as the different device types – in this case, for example, desktop or iPhone – as the device where they access your Web sites, the operating system – for example, a lot of users come from a Windows-based device – and in most cases, they use Chrome or Firefox. So this information already gives you a good idea about your users, what devices they use, and what the environment might be that you have to optimize your projects for.

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