- Website: http://www.liferay.com
- License: MIT
Liferay, Inc. is a professional open-source company that provides free documentation and paid professional service to users of its software. Mainly focused on enterprise portal technology, the company has its headquarters in Los Angeles, California, United States.
Liferay was created in 2000 by Chief Software Architect Brian Chan to provide an enterprise portal solution for non-profit organizations. In 2006, the company was incorporated under the name Liferay, Inc., formalized its Germany subsidiary Liferay GmbH. In 2007, the company opened a new Asian headquarters in Dalian, China and the Spanish subsidiary Liferay SL. In March 2009, the company opened a new office in Bangalore, India.
Sun Microsystems and Liferay signed a technology sharing agreement during May 2008. Sun Microsystems has rebranded the offering GlassFish Web Space Server. ZDNET.UK further describes the relationship in May 2008 article Sun and Liferay launch web-presentation platform.
Liferay Inc. develops mainly one product: Liferay Portal. This portal is divided into three main products:
1. Liferay Portal – JSR-286 enterprise portal platform
2. Liferay CMS – Content Management System (Changed to ‘Liferay Web Content’ after version 5.2)
3. Liferay Collaboration Suite – Collaboration software (blogs, instant messaging, message boards, etc.)
Liferay Portal is available in two versions:
1. Liferay Portal Enterprise Edition – the commercial offering that includes full support. Whilst more stable than SE it is generally a release or so behind
2. Liferay Portal Standard Edition – the free version with the latest features and support through the active community
Consultancy and training is available for both versions of the product.
Liferay portal supports all major Java application servers, databases, and operating systems with over 700 deployment configurations. Liferay portal supports internationalization (I18N) for any language out-of-the-box and ships with default translations for 22 languages.