Man looking down hallway
Authentication

Portal

Users log-in to the site. Site provides user with information based on who they are.

Website
No log-in

Personalization

Portal

Limited, focused content. Eliminates the need to visit many different sites.

Website
Extensive, unfocused content written to accomodate anonymous users needs.

Customization

Portal
Users select and organize the materials they want to access.
Website
Searchable, but not customizable. All content is there for every visitor.