Portal solutions still don’t offer satisfactory usability out of the box.
Absolutely true for schools portal solutions as well. Generalized content-management systems such as Drupal , Mambo, or Plone offer too little school-specific content and too many superfluous features.
Single sign-on is still more a dream than a reality.
Integrating email, file, and web services is not easy for schools unless you stick with one manufacturer, such as Apple.
Personalization for individual users is still rare.
Personalization requires links between your web site and student information systems, which is not always easy to achieve.
We feel we are making progress on the above issues in our portal. Making your own portal is still the best way to go if you have the time.