Having an intranet or extranet can save you considerable time in communicating with partners or customers, and provide a personalized, efficient experience for site users.
Internet: Your Public Web Site
Your internet site is the face of your business online. Internet sites are often portals to other related websites and to secure intranet and extranet sites.
Intranet: Secure Web Site for Staff
An intranet site is a password-protected area that's an extension of your internet site.
- Serves as a knowledge base for keeping your staff informed or keeping track of important private or shared operations information.
- Use it for central safekeeping of documents on the web server, for calendars orcontact lists that are important to your business, soyou and your authorized staff can access them from anywhere.
- Information updates and distribution throughout your organization are simplified — no more emailing updated documents to groups of people. Your intranet users all have access to the same content.
- Makes the right information available to the right people.
Extranet: Secure Extended Web Site for Partners, Customers or Clients
An extranet is a password-protected web site that is an extension of your internet site, for sharing information with valued business partners or customers. Examples:
- Amazon: When you log in as an Amazon customer, you are essentially logging in to an extranet where you can access your order history and other information specific to you.
- FedEx's Tracking System: When you want to track a FedEx package, you log in to their extranet with your tracking number to access information specific to your delivery.
- Nonprofits use extranets to share information with members or partners in their causes that they don't
necessarily want to make public. See our Case Studies, coming soon, for an example.