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Liferay User Interface Development by Frank Yu, Xinsheng Chen, Jonas X. Yuan

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Portlet and layout

A layout divides a portal page into several areas in Liferay portal. One or more portlets can be put in each area. As you can drag and drop a portlet to any area in a layout, you can change the user interface dynamically.

Tip

As a word of caution, layout may mean portal page in certain contexts in Liferay. That is why the layout database table contains all the data about a portal page in Liferay.

This is the benefit of a portal, or, Liferay portal: you can apply any layout to a page. Theoretically, you can put any portlet in any area of a layout. By drag-and-drop, you can change the outlook of your site in minutes, giving a surprise to frequent visitors to your site.

There are ten default layouts in Liferay portal, which basically ...

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