25.3.3. Where to place the Descriptor files

Both descriptors, the portal and the theme descriptor, are located in the WEB-INF/ folder of the deployed portal application. Note that this is not limited to the portal-core.war, but can be added to any WAR that you deploy to the same server. The Portal runtime will detect the deployed application and introspect the WEB-INF folder for known descriptors like the two mentioned here. If present, the appropriate meta data is formed and added to the portal runtime. From that time on the resources in that application are available to be used by the portal. This is an elegant way to dynamically add new layouts or themes to the portal without having to bring down , or even rebuild the core portal itself.