The purpose of a Portal Page (or Links Page, as some would call it) is simple: to boost efficiency. Having a Portal Page is amazingly convenient – and using the Portal Page saves valuable time. Using it can be even faster than using your browser’s bookmarking feature – and it can be set up more quickly and easily.
All frequent users of the Internet have a collection of websites they visit daily, or at least very often. Examples of sites one might visit daily/ frequently:
- Major search engines (Google, Yahoo, Bing, Ask)
- Major news sites (CNN, Fox News, Huffington Post, any of dozens of other sites)
- Local news
- Local weather conditions (5- and 10-day forecasts, radar maps, etc.)
- Your own website(s) and blog(s)
- Your own social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Flickr)
- Amazon, eBay, other shopping sites
- Favorite blogs and other websites
- Financial pages, Wall Street numbers
- Latest business news
- Political commentary
- Movie listings, reviews, show times
- Reference sites (Dictionary.com, Wordnik, Thesaurus, Grammar, etc.)
- Industry-specific sites
- Employment sites
- Automobile sites
- Advice sites
- Dating sites
- Sports sites
- Hobby sites
- Streaming video, movie, TV shows, other entertainment
And the list goes on and on…
You could have your new Portal Page set up so that it pops up automatically in the very first tab of your preferred web browser each and every time you surf the web. (Modern web browsers include Firefox and Chrome; a few of you may even still be using Internet Explorer for some reason.)
This way, all of your frequently used links are right in front of you – just waiting to be clicked. Using the Portal Page is even faster than using your web browser’s bookmarking feature because you don’t have to open anything before clicking a link.
If you would like for us to create your very own customized Portal Page, please let Stephen know by email.
To get your own Portal Page, the following information would be helpful:
- A list of the links you want included on your Portal Page
Frequently asked questions: Portal Page FAQ
What if I don’t have time to make a list?
I realize many of my clients, friends, and partners will NOT take the time to create such a list – and that’s OK. I can probably guess many of the sites you might want listed on your custom Portal Page. If I omit some of your favorite sites, you can just email me a note to add them at your convenience.
Do you have a Portal Page? I want to see it.
My own Portal Page is a little messy, but I will show it to you anyway so you’ll better understand what I am talking about here. (I do not need any feedback concerning my Portal Page.)
Stephen’s personal Portal Page, which opens automatically in his browser every time Chrome or Firefox starts
What if I don’t know how to set up a web page to open automatically in my web browser?
Of course, I will include instructions on how to have your new Portal Page open automatically every time you start your web browser.
There must be a catch; this will end up costing me something, right?
Nope. This is a free service for all clients, partners, friends, and family. There are no hidden fees (nor any fees out in the open). I will use a basic Portal Page layout which has been designed to contain lots of organized links.
Here are two of my favorite layouts (designs) to use, simply because they were designed to display lots and lots of links:
Who will be looking at my Portal Page?
Generally, only you will see your Portal Page; it is for your own personal use. The only people that will know about your page are those to whom you decide to give your link. Search engines will probably find your Portal Page eventually, but even this can be prevented.
Where will my Portal Page be published?
Your Portal Page will be uploaded to your preferred domain, in your own web hosting space (e.g.,
http://www.YOURSITE.com/john-smith-portal.html). If you do not have any hosted web space, then I will place it somewhere in my own web space at no charge to you (e.g.,
Can I change or add links to my Portal Page?
I don’t know – can you? (You certainly may!)
Caveat: Should anything unusual occur with any Portal Page that causes problems or costs me money (e.g., your Portal Page goes viral for some reason and ends up getting millions of hits [this is a virtual impossibility],then I reserve the right to take it down or change it.
If you have any other questions about this value-added service, just let me know.
Originally written on Monday, November 14, 2011