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trying to update our community sim horse game website and looking for a CMS

Hello Everyone, thanks for taking the time to read and assess my situation.

I am president of an online Sim Horse Game - basically members own imaginary horses and compete them in shows and races.  Breed them to create more horses, stable them, train them and build on their own imaginary equestrian lives.

We have a database called ID Horse which houses over 15,000 individual horses and tracks their basic stats (breed, age, parents, owner, color, id number, discipline/sports it competes in) and that database also tracks the horses Veterinary and Farrier (horse shoes) records and links to their Show Results (their competition history and points earned for winning classes).

An events results database exists as well which holds all the competitions ever held and is searchable by horse's name and id number. their ID Horse profile also links to their show record from this database.

We have a database that lists all the stables and their capacity (how many horses they can hold, how many acres they have, stalls, barns, etc.) names and owners and links to the website (if it has one) that the owner has made for their stable.

We have a database that lists associations and clubs members have created for the game and lists owner name and URL if a site exists for the club.

We have a phpbb forum with YEARS (back to 2003) of posts and threads and topics that I want to keep.

We have a database of members (holding their username, name, email, year joined, permissions within the club, AMI points (active member incentive- they earn points for being active in the club which are all processed manually) and some sort of program/front end interface that allows me to manage the members information and process new member requests.

We have a banking script which tracks finances and member bank accounts. It allows members to login to their bank account and write checks as needed to other members. It's a great script made by a friend of the last president.


I INHERITED the game from past president. I did not create all this stuff.  I want to create a new layout/site that links all these seperate php/mysql databases together. I want members to have to login ONCE and see all their data which pertains to them.  I want them to update their email/password themselves without me having to do it manually- or quit themselves without me having to do it manually.
So much is manual that the game is exhausting to run.

Is this content managment system a way I can create a site and migrate all these things into one place?

Any advice or help would be DEEEEEPLY appreciated. Also this is a free game, just a hobby. I don't make money off of it and can't hire anyone to do this for me or else believe me I would! LOL

I do have a member who is skilled with PHP and MySQL and has been helping me patch and fix things since the president turned the club over to me.  I'm just a CSS/HTML programmer that's it.  PHP and MySQL eludes me completely.

Candy
president of hfshc.com
Hurricane Farms Sim Horse Club
approx 200 active members
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It would be difficult to determine how easily you would be able to integrate your system based on a simple description and not looking at the code however, I would think ocPortal would be one of the top choices for your project given that it is not only a CMS but a framework which lends to customization in a better fashion. Your php guru would need to do some work though. Or you could have him do most of it and hire the ocPortal team to tie in the loose ends.
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Candy,

I am extremely confident ocPortal will handle anything you have and still have plenty of room. Seemingly there is no limit. Depending on the SQL dump and the age of the database I guess, but if you want answer an, YES, ocPortal can handle this. Getting it done would depend on you and your developer/designer for the most part and your abilities and knowledge. Other CMS's no. You would be much better off creating something from the index.html or index.php on up.

ocPortal is the only CMS that I know of which would come across (honestly say that I have installed everything open source and a good majority of even paid via trails) which offers what it does from the start and offers this the minute after it is installed. Simply the only option I know of beside some long forgotten and unsupported software which actually have more to them as far as cargo, but certainly do not have all the capabilities and features, minus the fact of needing instant fixes and security patches which you create yourself. ocPortal can be taken to levels which are cutting edge or ocPortal can sit and just float on the breeze of the web. It has automation and reports which monitor and alert you to everything when set correctly and stats and tracking which are close to analytics. With any CMS you will always want some aspect which is not delivered right out of the box or offered at a free plug in. ocPortal does but you have to learn it. Basically live within it for a good 6 months to start getting the real hang. The month 6-12 you expand deep in what it has to offer turning on all the bells and whistles. You turn them all on right away, even as an experienced developer, it scare you. LOL Just use the auto config to set it mild at first.

Yes, it will do all you ask, but you will and do need to know how to do it or you will need to pay a developer/designer to handle it. You WILL need this with anything and certainly anything which would even come close to your list of needs and expectations. There is no CMS or software, open or paid which handle what you have listed in a simple install script. At least one which will not require you to hire on a helper or even staff. Although I think OCP's install script could, but it would take someone with the knowledge, such as Chris, to expand it to just "install". Wishful thinking on my part as it just is not possible even starting with ocPortals installer.


"Also this is a free game, just a hobby. I don't make money off of it and can't hire anyone to do this for me or else believe me I would! LOL"


May I ask why and what is the purpose? I make no money off of my hobbies, yet I spend dearly on them because they are my hobbies. I am willing to spend my extra many to keep them my hobbies. If one of my hobbies requires spending I either spend the money, or do not part take in said hobby until I can. I wouldn't show up at the sloops and expect to go skiing if I did not have any money. Then again, I would find something else to do which did not cost me money but required maybe more work on my part to fulfill my need for said hobby. I guess that would be considered open source then.    :)

Always have been curious as to why so many feel they need to open up and tell the open source community they do not profit from their ventures and have no money to spend on them?

You go into the support forums of let's say whmcs and you never see this? The pure aspect behind open source is to make money. http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/selling.html

Some source code is licenced and requests to be used by non-profits, but this is rare.

So Candy do not let anything which you do from open source stop you from making money. Certainly if this is what you want, by all means, but if it were I would assume that you would not concern yourself by bringing it up? Think of this, if no one made money from ocPortal there wouldn't be any to give back to its developer. Even he is very modest when it comes to being given money. LOL JUst buy that beer dude! I hear Duck's paying.

Good luck Candy. 


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I forget where I have it or came across it but I believe ocPortal has endured tests and simulations which exceed that of a 100,000 guests or was it 1,000,000? It's within the docs around here some wheres. Also ocPortal has very good documentation and this community which helped me along when I first launched my first ocPortal site. Hard to find that even with anything paid. :)



Edit: Just to be clear, ALL THE WORK I mentioned that is needed with ocPortal pertains to Candy's requests and her list. Regular blog, ecommerce, community certainly (as I stated) can be set to almost any level of knowledge when it comes to running a web system such as ocPortal.


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"You Can't Always Get What You Want"
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Funny how Capt. Kirk put it is so exactly true with my experience. When I first started using ocPortal, I was using it for a specific project and had no funding. As a result of the good success I've had with ocPortal, that project has now become a hobby. I still have no funding but I am willing to pay to fund my hobby and ocPortal, itself, has become a bit of a hobby.

First-class software with a first-rate community=a big win for anyone willing to spend the time or the money to get exactly what they want.

Bob
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Bob I have watched you grow from "panic" to resident. Good to see you have become a regular and good supporter or ocPortal. LOL, I think you came close to driving Chris over the edge. You just needed to find your place and it sure seems you have. 2 or 3 months ago I had checked out your website and really enjoyed it. Just like an art gallery.

As for me, unforgettably I let development get a hold of me with Cloud and Cloud Computing, along with Unix and browser based operating systems, so YES, I have yet to make that million, let alone break the $130.00 mark and receive a check from Adsense.

"You Can't Always Get What You Want"
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