Liferay Portal vs WebSphere Portal

Liferay Portal
Liferay Portal is an alternative enterprise web platform for building business solutions that deliver immediate results and long-term value. Liferay Portal ships with broad product capabilities to provide immediate return on investment: Content & Document Management with Microsoft Office integration, Web Publishing and Shared Workspaces, Enterprise Collaboration, Social Networking and Mashups, Enterprise Portals and Identity Management
WebSphere Portal
IBM WebSphere Portal is a set of software tools that enables companies to build and manage web portals. The WebSphere Portal package is a component of WebSphere software. The basic package includes a web server, WebSphere Application Server, LDAP directory, IBM DB2 database, development tools, web site templates and other essential site management tools such as a configuration wizard. In addition, some editions of WebSphere Portal include limited entitlements to Lotus Web Content Management, Lotus Quickr document management, Lotus Sametime instant messaging, and Lotus Forms electronic forms.
Comparing Liferay Portal vs WebSphere Portal is like comparing apples to oranges. Because your business is unique and nobody except you can decide, which is better for your company. But we can add some fun to your research and suggest some new comparison parameters.

Ok, now let's compare the UI. Looks like Liferay Portal has more user-friendly interface than WebSphere Portal because it's bigger. At least on our screenshots

To compare the popularity of the solutions we counted how many alternatives people search for each of them on the Internet. And it turns out that Liferay Portal is more popular than WebSphere Portal

Now let's look at the recent activities of our competitors:

- Liferay launched Digital Experience Platform (in 2016)
- Liferay partners with Red Hat to provide an open source portal solution (in 2015)
- Open Text and Liferay create Dropbox clones (in 2012)
- IBM-Microsoft shoot-out at the Enterprise 2.0 Conference (in 2008)
- Mainsoft brings .Net to WebSphere Portal (in 2006)
- IBM tunes high-end WebSphere server (in 2005)
- IBM beefs up WebSphere for integration (in 2005)
- IBM tightens up WebSphere (in 2004)
- IBM expands WebSphere's portal tools (in 2004)
- IBM readies new WebSphere (in 2004)

Looks like WebSphere Portal was recently more active than Liferay Portal (at least in our news). We also found some news, in which Liferay Portal and WebSphere Portal meet head to head:

2015 - Liferay partners with Red Hat to provide an open source portal solution to keep up competition with WebSphere Portal

Liferay and Red Hat are collaborating on an open source portal that combines Liferay Portal and Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform (JBoss EAP). The product is targeting companies that want more open-source, enterprise grade portal options, the companies maintain. To that end, there is the potential of additional integration with other Red Hat JBoss Middleware products in the near future. From a company perspective the deal is an interesting one in that Red Hat stopped offering new subscriptions to JBoss Portal in February 2015. Red Hat is continuing support for JBoss Portal through the current release stream, which is scheduled to end in March 2018. This new venture represents, one could conclude, Red Hat's ongoing commitment to the portal market.

2003 - IBM eyes modular WebSphere to strike back at Liferay Portal

IBM presented revamped edition of its WebSphere Java server product line that the company says will improve the integration of components within its software portfolio. Big Blue is creating a "modular architecture" for its WebSphere Java application server, which will allow customers to combine IBM software products more easily with WebSphere. The architecture will debut as part of a product--code-named Vela and expected to be called WebSphere 6 - that will be released in the second half of next year, according to an IBM representative. The WebSphere application server is used to run custom-written business applications. Creating a more modular software architecture for its entire software line has long been a key goal for IBM's Software Group. The company is adopting Java and Web services standards to serve as the common software foundation and glue to link its products together.