What is Liferay? Everything you need to know.

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What is this Liferay you’ve no doubt been hearing about from colleagues/friends/acquaintances/even a few enemies? Yet another confusing Internet platform to make life and business more difficult? Don’t worry. It’s not that bad. Webrulon is here to give you the lowdown on Liferay and what it can do for you and your business. And we’ll do it in baby steps.

Liferay is not the comic book opposite of a death ray, although that would be very cool. No, Liferay is an “Enterprise web platform for building business solutions that deliver immediate results and long-term value.” What does that mean? It’s a suite of programs designed to help you market and maintain your business.

Think of it this way. Think of a website like Kraft.com or even Youtube.com. Wow. They have some cool things there. Where would a smaller business even start to approach that level of big money functionality? That’s where Liferay comes in. Think of it as a shell, an outer casing that, by adding and deleting functions, you can shape to your liking, to give your web and online business presence any amount of luster you desire.

Here are some of the services Liferay offers:

  • Self-Service Portals
  • Knowledge Sharing Workspaces
  • Dynamic Web 2.0 Websites
  • Revenue-generating Social Networks
  • Enterprise Application Integration

Pretty much anything you see on an established website, you can do here. Think of it as your very own Internet sandbox. Only instead of sand castles, you’ll be building increased profit margins and sustainability. The company vows it will run with your current infrastructure and, best of all, Liferay is open source.

Open source – Open source is a new-fangled web term that essentially means you can do whatever you want with it. More PC. Less Apple. You can tinker, get in to the source code and do what you want legally and easily. “But I can’t program” you say. Well, the good thing about open source software isn’t that you are tinkering with it. It’s that everyone else is. Open source software is sure to attain more functionality than it’s closed counterparts simply because the whole world is in there with their virtual screw drivers, trying new things, tooling around. Sometimes the stuff garden variety consumers come up with is ten thousand times more imaginative and useful than what big companies cook up. In short, open source is good and Liferay has it.

What else does Liferay bring to the table?

  • Highly scalable, supporting more than 3,300 concurrent transactions per server
  • Real-world performance of millions of page views and 1.3 million users
  • Clusterable configuration for high availability
  • Implements top ten OWASP-recommended security practices
  • Options for Terracotta, Oracle RAC, and other scalability solutions
  • Deployable to the Cloud and available as SaaS
  • Runs PHP, Ruby, Python, Grails and other lightweight scripting technologies within a robust Java framework

The pricing is scalable depending on your needs and your installed customer base. Fill out the form here to get a quote. Put your browser here to download a free demo. It should give you enough of an idea as to whether or not this is the right direction to take your company’s web presence . Also, just to be sure, click here to look over the tech specs to see if you can handle it. Don’t worry. You probably will be fine. Only games cause you to need hardware upgrades.

If you are looking for Liferay Hosting, webRulon offers various Liferay Hosting Plans which can help you easily start to take advantage of all that Liferay has to offer.

Give it some thought. And in the meantime, here are a few sites built using the service to give you an idea of what it can do for you:

Autozone

Fox Network (Germany)

Monster Energy Drink

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There are 2 comments. Add yours.

  1. lorinc nyitrai

    Fun fact: your intuition was close enough. Liferay founders initially wanted “Dearthray” due to their Star Wars addiction, but it was not enterpise-ish enough. Cheers!

  2. Saloni

    Hi,
    I need to know is HBASE and Hive database support is possible on liferay???

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