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Just a comment - I am really liking the concept of OcPortal.  It has a lot of great features, and I can see that I'm only just scratching the surface of what it can do.

However, a program like this is obviously aimed at someone like me - someone who wants a full-featured website, but who doesn't know how to code, other than chimping around and adding in a little snippet found on the web here and there.  But your tutorials seem to be aimed at someone who already knows how to code.  It does not really give step by step instructions on how to do things, but more just points out that certain things can be done, and here is the area.

I have been playing with OcPortal all morning and have not managed to achieve anything I wanted to do.  I tried to add an RSS feed using a side block and a main block.  Failed.  Tried to add a new page using the Add A Page Wizard - added a page, but was completely unable to get the content that I wanted on it.  Failed.  Tried to add an article to the News block, but all I get when I hit Preview is the html code, not the executed page, no matter how much I tinkered with it. Failed.

I've spent hours reading and re-reading your tutorial to figure out how to do these things, but there just isn't enough detail or information in there for someone who doesn't have an understanding of how the code works. 

If I knew how to code, I wouldn't need to buy a program.  Not knowing how to code, I've successfully managed to install and customize other scripts in the past (OsCommerce, for instance) just by reading tutorials, asking questions and chimping around.  This one has me totally stumped.

Just an insight for you.  I'd really, really like to figure this out and be able to use this program for my site.  But if I don't have an epiphany soon, I'm going to have to move to something else. 
 
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I do agree thats one of the reasons I started my site.
I have been so busy lately I have not added to much content to it.
I will have to get working on those again.

I run http://otakuplayground.com and am hopping to make themes and other things for ocportal even though I no longer use it for otakuplayground.com I still love it and feel it could go far with the right help. It needs themes and needs people to advertise for it.
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For me to better help the members that use ocPortal what features would you like to know about.
I am asking to speed me up in the development of my documents.
I will go with the most needed ones first and go from there.

I run http://otakuplayground.com and am hopping to make themes and other things for ocportal even though I no longer use it for otakuplayground.com I still love it and feel it could go far with the right help. It needs themes and needs people to advertise for it.
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Tried to add an article to the News block, but all I get when I hit Preview is the html code, not the executed page, no matter how much I tinkered with it. Failed.

You're typing into the WYSIWYG editor and seeing raw HTML when you preview?


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amichan said

For me to better help the members that use ocPortal what features would you like to know about.
I am asking to speed me up in the development of my documents.
I will go with the most needed ones first and go from there.
 
I've spent all day playing with this thing, have finally figured some stuff out, and am starting to get a feel for it.  But the first thing that leaps to mind is a list of Comcode tags and the various parameters that apply to them, and example formatting.  I found the list that's in the tutorial, but for instance, under Block, it just says "whatever parameters it will accept."  Without knowing what the options are, that's pretty useless.  While I can use the Add Block function to add in a preformatted block, if you do it in the Site Tree Editor or anyplace other than the Setup Wizard, it doesn't give you the option to change the width, etc. And while under Box, it does show the parameters, it doesn't specify how it has to be formatted when entered, i.e., separation characters, inside quotations or whatever.

I'll definitely have more suggestions later as I go through this process.  But there's the first one for you.

Valerie
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amichan said

For me to better help the members that use ocPortal what features would you like to know about.
I am asking to speed me up in the development of my documents.
I will go with the most needed ones first and go from there.
   I've spent all day playing with this thing, have finally figured some stuff out, and am starting to get a feel for it.  But the first thing that leaps to mind is a list of Comcode tags and the various parameters that apply to them, and example formatting.  I found the list that's in the tutorial, but for instance, under Block, it just says "whatever parameters it will accept."  Without knowing what the options are, that's pretty useless.  While I can use the Add Block function to add in a preformatted block, if you do it in the Site Tree Editor or anyplace other than the Setup Wizard, it doesn't give you the option to change the width, etc. And while under Box, it does show the parameters, it doesn't specify how it has to be formatted when entered, i.e., separation characters, inside quotations or whatever.

I'll definitely have more suggestions later as I go through this process.  But there's the first one for you.

Valerie

Thank you and I do agree about the blocks.

I run http://otakuplayground.com and am hopping to make themes and other things for ocportal even though I no longer use it for otakuplayground.com I still love it and feel it could go far with the right help. It needs themes and needs people to advertise for it.
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