6 Ways to Customize Your SAP NetWeaver Portal Pages for Maximum Impact

  • by Ameya Pimpalgaonkar, Senior SAP Architect
  • September 17, 2010
Set your company portal apart from the rest by incorporating these six simple customizations. From adding your company logo to your SAP logon page to applying themes to enabling a hover effect that allows a user to easily see what nodes (sub menu) are contained within parent (header menu) nodes, you can make your portal inviting and usable.
Key Concept
The Eclipse Theme Editor for SAP NetWeaver 7.0 allows you to define custom themes for different SAP technologies, such as Web Dynpro ABAP and Java as well as SAP NetWeaver Portal. It includes several predefined themes that you can use as is or customize as needed. For example, you can change the logos to your company logo, or you can go even further and change the UIs to reflect your company’s branding.

What makes you revisit a Web site or a company portal? What are the driving factors? How does your Web site guide the customer to form a decision about your brand or a company? Answers to these questions are not always the same. Now more than ever, organizations care a lot about their brand and returning customer base. If you’re a niche market company and your product creates a new market, then design or customizations probably won’t matter as much. In this case, there is nobody else these customers can turn to.

Whenever there is competition — especially competition offering a product with the same feature set as yours — design becomes important and a means of differentiation. You can either differentiate yourself on a product — introduce some new feature or service that your competitor lacks — or differentiate yourself on design.

SAP NetWeaver Portal provides many design and customization opportunities to its developers. Almost every major component is customizable and can be edited out of the box. However, every portal component has a different way of achieving the required customization. For example, SAP NetWeaver Portal provides an editor for customizing the theme, whereas components such as the logon page, masthead, and top-level navigation require code modification. You can also create customizations without even touching the code. I compare each of these approaches so you can determine which approach best suits your requirements.

Ameya Pimpalgaonkar

Ameya Pimpalgaonkar is a senior SAP architect. He specializes in SAP Netweaver Portal, SAP BPM, BRM, MDM, and SAP Mobile. His interests include UI and front-end technologies, SAPUI5, Responsive Design, and integration of modern technologies with SAP UI. He has also worked on HTML5, CSS3, and jQuery. Ameya is also a certified usability analyst from HFI, USA.

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