Add Slate Standard Portals via Suitcase & Briefcase

Portals are a framework built into Slate that allows for custom-developing mini-websites that can access Slate data and use Slate authentication. Portals represent fully-customized software development that requires specialized resources. Slate provides several out-of-the-box portals that you can customize.

Before beginning any portal project, it is essential to identify the available resources on staff to maintain each portal. While Technolutions can offer guidance and instruction on Portals, the custom nature of a portal requires that each partner take full ownership of the portal.

Portals can be added to Slate via Briefcase (or Suitcase, as applicable) using the Briefcase/Suitcase IDs listed below.

Required Knowledge

You will need one or more people who know or are willing to learn basic SQL, HTML, Javascript, and XSLT development to customize the out-of-the-box portals or develop custom portals from scratch.


A Suitecase ID cannot be imported via Briefcase, and a Briefcase ID cannot be imported via Suitcase.

Application Status

Example 1

The applicant status portal replaces the /apply/status.XSLT file institutions may have previously used to customize the applicant's experience post-submission.

The application status portal allows for many customizations, including custom checklist sections, filtering on static content, social media, and other merge fields.

The Standard Application Status Portal replicates the /apply/status.XSLT file by using drag-and-drop widgets. For institutions seeking to mirror the existing /apply/status.XSLT functionality, we recommend importing this portal to then build upon.

Portal Briefcase ID


If you have made any edits to the /apply/status.XSLT file, these edits will not be reflected in the portal. We recommend reviewing the Migrating Portals from XSLT to Views documentation for advice about translating teasers and other application status page edits to the Application Status Portal.

Example 2

The Customized Application Status Portal includes the Checklist by Section widget, more merge fields, filters on widgets, staff-assigned information, and a test scores table. This portal will require you to review the filter criteria, checklist sections, and other information before going live with the portal.

Portal Briefcase ID

Enrolling Student

While many partners continue to evolve the application status portal beyond the point of an admission decision, some institutions may wish to give enrolling students their own portal with a different look and feel. The enrolling student portal is intended only for enrolling students, where they can see enrollment checklist items and find additional information about the institution and enrollment process. In addition, the portal includes optional features, such as the ability for records to update their profile and search using a directory of fellow enrolling students.

Portal Briefcase ID Form Briefcase ID

Alumni Interviewing

Using a custom dataset to store alumni volunteer information, this portal will display a curated list of applicants to the volunteer, typically to schedule an interview. Alumni volunteers can select which applicants they wish to interview and provide feedback through a custom form.

Portal Briefcase ID

Assignments by Captains

Similar to the alumni interviewing portal, this portal stores alumni volunteer information in a custom dataset. Certain alumni volunteers are designated as captains, enabling them to see a curated list of applicants and matching alumni volunteers. The captains are empowered to assign applicants to volunteers. Upon completion of the interview, volunteers can see their assignments and provide feedback through a custom form.

Portal Briefcase ID (Only Applicants) Portal Briefcase ID (Applicants & Inquiries)
This Briefcase ID should be used if only applicants
are interviewed.




This portal is configured to leverage the Slate standard sports table, and coaches are set up as users with specific roles in Slate. Coaches are added to Slate as administrative users and given a custom role that matches the names of sports. Person records with the corresponding sport on their profiles are then shown to the appropriate coaches. The specific details of the information shown to the coach can be customized and, using a custom form. Additional information can be added to the records by coaches.

Portal Briefcase ID

Giving Portal

A portal can be a helpful tool to display information about a Giving Campaign or Giving Day. This portal allows advancement offices to display information about a specific campaign, a list of recent donors, metrics regarding the goal of the giving day or campaign, and links to giving forms.

Portal Briefcase ID

Tour Guide

Tour guides can sign up to assist with campus tours (or any other type of event) via a portal. Tour guides, in this example, are dataset records that can log into the portal and manage their tour assignments.

Portal Briefcase ID

Find My Counselor

Students can navigate to this portal to find the counselor assigned to their school. 

Portal Suitcase ID


Example with Tabs and Space Available

Students can sign up for events from this portal. This portal incorporates tabs to allow students to easily navigate and sign up for both On Campus Events and Virtual Events. 

Portal Suitcase ID

Example with Tabs, Space Available, Reports, and more

Students can sign up for events from this portal. This more robust portal provides additional functionality, such as reports, and also includes the Find My Counselor functionality. 

Portal Suitcase ID


Portals can be embedded inside the Reader, allowing more dynamic pages to be accessible to readers (for example, dashboard pages). Conditional logic, tables, Liquid markup, and more can be leveraged to create an enhanced reader experience.

Portal Briefcase ID

Multiple Tabs

Portals can have multiple tabs in a single framework. This basic example demonstrates a default page with standard sections that display all the time, with a home tab, second tab, and third tab.

Portal Briefcase ID

Anonymous Student Portal

Portals can be a powerful tool to assist in gathering general information about prospective students. This portal is accessible to students without the need for them to login and provides them with a Request For Information form to fill in any remaining information.

Portal Suitcase ID
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