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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 ocPortal 9 will be superseded by Composr 10.

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I have been running a mountain bike forum for about 3 years now. I always wanted it to be more than just another forum. I started on Xoops & switched to SMF, and recently, after the SMF database got corrupt, I converted to phpBB. I have received donations from the site sponsors towards an upgrade to a commercial product but given that vBulletin are in a legal battle with Xenforo & IPB don't have all the features I want out of the box I am left in somewhat of a quandry. ocPortal seems to have everything that I want in a package but I am wary about adopting it as the community seems small in comparison & there aren't many themes available. I am happy to pay for a custom theme up to the value of thee cost of a vBulletin or IPB license though.
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Hi,

For that kind of budget I'd suggest going on elance.com and putting up your project there with clear specifications and maybe specify a skin for another forum you want converted. We do have a phpBB importer included in ocPortla.


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Greetings,

I'd like to add, though the community is smaller than others, don't let that fool you on the power and flexibility of ocPortal.  If what you are searching for is a complete website solution to build your community with, with little to no need for any sketchy 3rd party add-ons that could lead to vulnerabilities (like what you experienced with SMF, been done that road before with SMF and Joomla), then you can't go wrong with ocPortal.

The support for ocPortal, despite being a small community, is nothing short of excellent. I mean, how many other places do you know where the developer himself will come in and give you a hand when you have an issue, or answer a question when you have one? I know that doesn't happen on Joomla, SMF, or vBulletin. They have a large community that can usually help to solve most problems, sure, but they wouldn't have the knowledge that the developer would have to help with even the most daunting issues.

It is the support I have received here that sold me, back in '08 I think. I came here wanting to give what I thought was yet another CMS a try, to see if I could find something that would satisfy the needs of my site, my future goals, and not be so dependent upon 3rd party plug-ins that could be riddled with unwanted cruft, spyware, or worse. I was a bit hesitiant at first, epsecially because of the lack of themes, but as I got to explore ocPortal I became impressed. It wasn't until I had ran into issues that I fell in love with ocPortal though, dealing with importing from another forum product I think it was. Chris hopped up to the plate, saw the issue, and solved it right away. I've had issues where they were very complex, but he (with my permission) came on my site himself and fixed it. Now you might think "There shouldn't be any issues", but with any software or hardware there will always be an issue. What is key here is the absolutely amazing support where, despite the small community, you typically get a responce within a day, and most cases even within an hour.

Now about themes, it is true there is very few themes available for ocPortal. If you are willing to pay for a theme, you should take Chris's advice there. However if you are up for it, themeing ocPortal is really very easy. You can use the theme wizard to give you a simple color-change, or you can upload image files and make use of the simple to read css files, provided for you in a theme editor in your admin zone. There are also plenty of tutorials, one showing you how to import themes, so to speak. Now, there are a lot of css files and template files simply because ocPortal is exteremly flexible and versitle, but for most you would only want to change things in the global.css, header.css, and footer.css, and import the images you want to use.

OCF is a very flexible, and powerful forum software that is built into ocPortal. It can do anything the big boys can do, plus more (virtual root forums, using template files to completely alter or add to the forums, etc). There's also the excellent private topics (PMS x10), catalogues (make your own database-stored forms), CEDI (wiki x 3), galleries (single, or member has theiir own), blogs, (single or member has their own), ecommerce, and so much more.

Legends of Nor'Ova: A site powered by ocPortal; home of the Legends of Nor'Ova tabletop RPG wiki and community.

Like ocPortal? Want to thank Chris and gang somehow? Then help out in the chat room! It really needs your help! Just open it in a tab everytime you open your web browser, and when you hear a "ding", check it out!

"Those who want help should first be willing to give help."
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mythus said

Greetings,

I'd like to add,  … (and he did, didn't he?)

But I'd like to say that I concur everything he has said, and could probably add a few more …

It isn't necessary, though. You soon realise the potential of this package, and by then it is too late to jump off the carousel to find something else that offers you a similar experience.

None of the others come close!

Enjoy.

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Take my advice. I'm not using it!

View my working ocPortal site (version 9.x.x) at Anglo-Indian Portal
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Thanks for the replies, I am already sold on the package. I have ocPortal installed on a couple of sites and I actually think it's the best CMS/Portal/Forum I have encountered. If I had known about it 3 years ago I would never have touched anything else!

I am in discussion with my moderation team about it at the moment. My mind is pretty much made up but I am an IT pro, new packages don't phase me all that much. My members were very quick to complain about the switch from SMF to phpBB and they aren't much different.
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Tell them it'll be like going from a tandem with triangular wheels, to a full-suspension MTB made from carbon-fibre…it'll be a little different, but totally awesome.


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As I said, I am totally sold. I am so impressed with what ocPortal can offer. I've always wanted our trail advocacy groups to have some sort of project management capabilities with file sharing and community groups and ocPortal has it all.
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Ok, my moderation team reckons it's a good move. I need to clean up my domain a little, the phpBB is installed in the root & I want to install ocPortal in the root too to make the most of SEO. My plan is to move phpBB into a subdirectory, clean up the root, install ocPortal & import the phpBB forums. I have done this on a test domain & the attachments didn't come across, is there any way to do this?
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Help! I've just installed ocPortal & it was going fine, then suddenly I can load the site, it keeps redirecting to pg/start no matter what page I try and access.
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We need more details to help you. Can you give us a link to your site?
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EDIT: I've just put a redirection back to phpBB so you won't get the error. I might backup the database, then do a reinstall & import to see if that fixes it.

Thanks, the URL is www.hucktoflat.com. I just get a 404 error message.


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It sounds like you enabled short URLs either on a server with no mod_rewrite support or without our [recommended].htaccess rules in place.


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  • If so, please let others know about ocPortal whenever you see the opportunity.
  • If my reply is too Vulcan or expressed too much in business-strategy terms, and not particularly personal, I apologise. As a company & project maintainer, time is very limited to me, so usually when I write a reply I try and make it generic advice to all readers. I'm also naturally a joined-up thinker, so I always express my thoughts in combined business and technical terms. I recognise not everyone likes that, don't let my Vulcan-thinking stop you enjoying ocPortal on fun personal projects.
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Is there any way of fixing it without reinstalling?
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Yes. Find the recommended.htaccess in your files and rename it to .htaccess. If that does not work for you then go to yoursite/config_editor.php and set block_mod_rewrite to 1.
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I ended up just doing a clean install as I think I messed up the config pretty bad. I am getting the attached error when trying to import personal messages from phpBB3.

Thanks for your help.
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Try refreshing until it is finished....ocPortal is smart and will usually pick up where it left off after an error like that.
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For personal messages refreshing won't work, as it needs to load them all into memory to work out how to merge them into personal topics.

You'll need to raise your memory limit. Our FAQ will explain this.


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I am on a shared server. I've already contacted my host & they haven't been able to help. Is it possible to do an import into a local copy of ocPortal & then export that single table into an sql file that can be loaded into the production database?

Thanks for all the assistance, my members & mods all love the new site.
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You may be able to raise the limit without the help of the host using a .htaccess file. But if you can't, I would do this:
  1. Take a backup of your live site
  2. Install it locally (changing the base configuration in info.php to match your local server)
  3. Do the import into your local site
  4. Throw your local site away (because probably by now you have taken some time working out how to get this far, and the live site has moved on)
  5. Close your live site
  6. Take a backup of your live site
  7. Install it locally (changing the base configuration in info.php to match your local server)
  8. Do the import into your local site
  9. Copy your local database back to the live server
  10. Clear the caches on the live site
  11. Open the live site

If these instructions work, I'd appreciate it if you could copy them over (with any clarification you think is appropriate) to the community documentation, so others can find it in the future.


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I'm getting reports from my moderators that they are having trouble accessing certain areas of the site when using different computers. I haven't experienced this myself & I use a number of different PCs. I'm guessing it's something to do with the cookie as I can't find anything in the security settings that might be causing it.
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