Creating a URL folder

When adding a folder to a content area, you must first choose a distinct folder type before specifying the folder attributes. The URL folder lets you link external URLs into the content area's folder hierarchy and provides easy integration with and migration from existing content areas.

You must be logged on as the content area administrator or higher. After the folder is created, you can grant folder owner privileges.

To create a URL folder:

Note: If you are in the folder area in which you want to create a folder and are in Edit mode, click Create Folder from the folder dashboard. Continue from step 3 below.

  1. In the Navigator, click the Content Areas tab.

  2. Navigate to the appropriate path:




Parent Folder (level 1)

Path: Content Areas > Name of Content Area

Next to the Folders container, in the Actions column, click Create to display the Folder Wizard.

Sub-folder (level 2)

Path: Content Areas > Name of Content Area > Folders

Next to the appropriate sub-folder, in the Actions column, click Create to display the Folder Wizard.

Note: If you do not see the folder that you want to work with, this means that you have not been granted the appropriate folder access privileges. See your content area administrator to request folder access.

  1. From the Folder Type list, select URL.

  2. Click Next.

  3. In the URL field, enter the URL of the Web content area or Web page that you want to be displayed when users display the folder.

  4. In the Name field, enter a name to be used internally.


    • The Name must be unique within the content area, and is limited to 60 characters. The name can contain only alphanumeric characters (A-Z, a-z, 0-9) and the underscore (_) character. Do not use spaces or other special characters.

    • If you are using direct access URLs to access folders, do not edit the Name as this change's the object's path and may cause your path link to break.

  5. In the Display Name field, enter a name (limited to 256 characters) for the folder's link text which appears on the Navigator and throughout the product.

  6. Choose the category to which the folder belongs. A folder must belong to a category, and can belong to only one category.

  7. Click Finish.

    The Navigator re-appears with your newly-created folder reflected in the Name column.


  • Although, Oracle Portal lets you create as many folder levels as you want, try to keep the number of sub-folders to a minimum to avoid having to click several levels to reach your destination folder.

  • To customize the folder properties, see Editing a folder.

  • You can also extend these folder types by creating folder attributes to permit search and group by functionality across multiple types of content, store additional information about folders or to pass information to procedures. See Adding attributes to a folder type.

  • For a listing of all folders in a given content area, click the Folder link from the Content Area Administration page or Content Area Map.

  • If you are creating a sub-folder (a folder nested in a parent folder) that you want to make public to all users of the content area, make sure that the parent folder is also displayed to public users. Otherwise, the parent folder won't be displayed and the sub-folder will be moved to the top of the hierarchy in the Content Area Map. This can be confusing for end users.

  • If you want a navigation bar to display with a folder, you can assign a navigation bar.

  • You can choose another page to apply to the content area. The page controls the portlets you want displayed in the page regions.

Related Topics

What is a folder?
What are folder types?
Creating a custom folder type
Adding a folder to your interest list
What is a folder owner?
Applying a style to a folder

Editing a folder
Assigning a folder owner
Cascading all folder privileges
Creating a style
Revoking style privileges from folder owners
Creating a personal folder