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how do I copy a catalogue?

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So far I have been unable to figure out how to "clone" a catalogue. I want to have a contacts catalogue in a particular zone. So I thought I would be able to copy the contacts catalogue, rename it and edit it to suit the purposes of the new zone.:) But so far I can only find ways to edit an existing one or build a new one.:(

Am I missing something?

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Hi,

There's no way to clone a catalogue in ocPortal. I doubt it's a feature we'd add, as if you wanted to add post-clone data you'd obviously end up having to add it twice.

It is possible to get a single catalogue to display in two zones. To do this you'd set up a redirection page from the zone you want the catalogue duplicated in, to the site zone. i.e. create a redirection, newzone:catalogues to site:catalogues. You can then access any catalogue from your new zone.

I hope that helps. If there is some specific thing you want different in the 'clone', other than where it's viewed from, perhaps we can help further.


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Hi Chris,
Perhaps I am misunderstanding ocportal catalogues. I just wanted an easier way to set-up a contacts database for a particular zone but wanted a lazy way of doing it  ;)

What i am trying to achieve with ocportal is build a community website where each of the zones is a self-contained entity. Each zone will be accessed via sub-domain.
Also some of the zones will have their own membership.
I suppose I could add a zone field to the contacts catalogue :) .
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Ah, I see. So it's the definition of a contacts catalogue you want to clone, rather than the data within it.

You could do what I said, but set up a different category for each zone. You then could just link direct to the appropriate category. The only downside I see for this is that the breadcrumb links (those backward links towards the top right) would not be quite right, but it's probably not a big deal – if it is, I'm coincidentally about to work on a solution for this for a customer, and I'll be posting it in our public staff chat forum.


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Thanks, I'll try it out.
I'll let you know how I get on - my deadline for this is end of the month :o
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