MinistryPlatform's Public Portal ("the Portal") adds valuable functionality to your church website. This standalone IIS application is installed and maintained by Think Ministry, and it communicates with the MinistryPlatform database through the MinistryPlatform API. The Portal can save you time by allowing website guests to conduct business with your church in a safe manner that is instantly captured in the MinistryPlatform database. The Portal is mobile-friendly and responsive.
During your initial implementation, Think Ministry ensures the Portal looks like your website and that it is fully configured for use. The time for this process is included in your initial Statement of Work.
Your church can deploy one or more Portal pages by placing links to these pages on your church website. You may also use Portal pages that cannot be accessed by visitors to your website by sending people links directly to those Portal pages via email.
When a new release to the Portal is ready for deployment, Think Ministry schedules a time to install it on your production server. Use of the Portal and upgrades to the Portal are included with your monthly maintenance and support.
Any visitor to your church website may create a Portal account. You may also send your contacts a link to setup an account on the Portal. Either action will create a User record in MinistryPlatform. These users will not count towards your monthly number of supported users unless you assign specific Security Roles to these users.
A small subset of specific features accessed through the Portal may require a security role (e.g., content management requires a Security Role).