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ocPortal has been relaunched as Composr CMS, which is now in beta. ocPortal 9 will be superseded by Composr 10.

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A friend and I run a site and we recently have finished installing and upgrading from a basic html/php site to Drupal. We both like drupal and all but its just not suiting the taste that we are needing. I am just wondering if ocPortal will be able to do everything that we currently have right now and more when needed. The site is called VentriloX (just add .com to it to get to the site). Basically the forms for the site are done through the custom php API its uses and is very slow. I am wondering if I will be able to implant my own php code into the pages of content? Also an easy to use theme editor?
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1. You should be able to do what you are looking for with ocPortal. You can use the quizzes modules to also create forms.

2. ocPortal provides a theme wizard to help you "get started". Customizing your theme can be fairly easy… even to a newbie. Read up on the themes forums and find Islander-aua's tutorials. They are very easy to follow.

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Alright, thanks. I will install a beta directory to give it shot.

Also, will I be able to hard code custom php into the content page?
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I think if you you use the:

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[semihtml] php coding[/semihtml]

Not completely sure since I don't do it. Chris and the other staffers can tell you exactly… or you can test it on your beta domain.

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I will do both. I like to get opinions on things. I am also reading up on how to make addons.
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Hi,

Recommended way to add PHP code is to put it in sources_custom/miniblocks/whatever.php and include it via [block]whatever[/block].
We do have a hidden option to allow it included directly, which is described briefly in the hidden options bit at the bottom of our Code Book.


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Also, with forms, you might be interested in the catalogues system which lets you make standard, simple database stored forms.

ocPortal though is extremely flexible and customizable x 10. There are tons of areas where you can go in and do whatever you want. Really the only limits I hae found are my own ability. Just check out thinks like the template pages and such.

Themeing can be simple css or as complex as the most complex theme out there. There are even video tutorials on how to grab a theme from the internet and convert it to ocportal. I myself though like the blocky default format and simply fixed it up to my liking and needs with simple css edits and image uploads.

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Chris Graham said

Hi,

Recommended way to add PHP code is to put it in sources_custom/miniblocks/whatever.php and include it via

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We do have a hidden option to allow it included directly, which is described briefly in the hidden options bit at the bottom of our Code Book.



Thanks, I will try this out. I may do what you said to do, but I may do an include on some of the pages.

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Also, with forms, you might be interested in the catalogues system which lets you make standard, simple database stored forms.

ocPortal though is extremely flexible and customizable x 10. There are tons of areas where you can go in and do whatever you want. Really the only limits I hae found are my own ability. Just check out thinks like the template pages and such.

Themeing can be simple css or as complex as the most complex theme out there. There are even video tutorials on how to grab a theme from the internet and convert it to ocportal. I myself though like the blocky default format and simply fixed it up to my liking and needs with simple css edits and image uploads.



Sounds simple enough. CSS is very easy to me even with the most complex of CSS. The only thing I find hard is designing itself.



If I have any more questions, you will surely hear from me.
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Be sure to grab firebug for firefox (if you don't have it already) or use the dragonfly in opera. It helps to see what doesn't look right so you can go and find it quickly in the editor and fix it.

One thing to note, but I am sure you understand this already coming from drupal, don't be in a hurry. Patience pays off big time, and with the right amount of patience, a good hex color guide, and some simple images, and you can make a very snazzy theme. The theme generator can give you a good start by coloring most of the site for you.

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OK, well Drupal is being a pain. I have the mailer php file in the same directory as the block php file. And its stating it doesnt exist. The folder is CHMod to 755 and still not working.
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I haven't used drupal in forever. Last time I used it, version 6 was in beta. I can tell you that the email functions of ocPortal works well.

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OK, well I got the system to work. The only problem is that when I had the mailer php files in a mailer directory with the sources_custom/miniblocks, it didnt want to read it. So I left it default as action="mailer.php" and uploaded it to the /site directory and it worked.

The only thing now is to figure out how to get the mailer files to be read from the sources_custom/miniblocks
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Is there something for the php files or files in general that can be done like {$IMG,filename}
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