Calling ArcGIS Online a portal is confusing

06-03-2016 02:54 PM
Status: Open
Esri Contributor

Calling ArcGIS Online a 'portal' is confusing, because 'Portal' (capital P) is a product in its own right.  Under current Esri nomenclature ArcGIS Online is a 'portal' (lower case p) but is not Portal (upper case P).  Clear as mud?

Instead, why not call ArcGIS Online a 'gateway', 'door', 'gate' or something else?  Call it anything except a 'portal'.  Then we can say for example:

ArcGIS Online is a gateway.

Portal is a gateway.

That is so much simpler and causes way less confusion.