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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 ocPortal 9 will be superseded by Composr 10.

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This may all seem obvious to some, but might help those who tend to work in a quick...perhaps impulsive way. Take heed, Cricket...
This is a complex set of permissions. The variety of choices add tremendous flexible utility to the software, however. To keep this subject organized, I have
  1. taken screen shots of the permissions page. Take note when you're consulting it to see what date you snapped the picture, and you can see when you've made various changes.
  2. tend to keep the actual usergroup in 'Edit' mode so I can see what I'm adding to (open in a separate browser tab, of course)
  3. don't get too stressed about all the decisions, since, at least in my case, where my site isn't open to the public yet (i'm looking forward to a nice 'big bang' when I do my big launch day), most anything can be changed by re-opening the affected areas, ie, 'edit usergroup', privileges, permissions, Usergroup subscription. Rome wasn't built in a day.
I thought my new (fairly complex) site would be done in a week or two, and its probably been close to a month now, but as there is a LOT to learn about this software, and I don't 'speak' comcode fluently, and have mostly a basic understanding of CSS, that a lot of the time I'm learning little bits of code writing whilst learning the ins and outs of the software, plus designing and re-designing my site to incorporate what the software is best suited for, and what I'm able to budget for time and sweat-equity!

I'm hoping the end-result in my site, http://WebMusic-Ed.com will be well worth the time spent. Don't know if any of this will be helpful to anyone, but we're being encouraged to share, so there's my '2 cents'. (tuppence if you're UK)
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I think I like your approach - not getting your knickers in a twist.

Thanks for an invite to  WebMusic-Ed, but despite the friendly welcome at the end ("The door is always open"), it is actually firmly shut (site closed)!

Look forward to visiting when the lights are on …

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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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Fletch said

I think I like your approach - not getting your knickers in a twist.

Thanks for an invite to  WebMusic-Ed, but despite the friendly welcome at the end ("The door is always open"), it is actually firmly shut (site closed)!

Look forward to visiting when the lights are on …

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Likewise, looking forward to visit your site, shilakowsky!  :)
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Ditto with Fletch and Jean. Look forward to the open door.  :thumbs:

Eric DeMars . com
My electronic portfolio and personal site. Uses ocPortal!
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Opened 'beta' this a.m.!!!
Spent the whole day finding tons of little bits of things that have to be done...
Finally figured out what the whole 'su' testing thing is...
I have set up a 'system' whereby teachers, schools and retailers will want to pay a tiny fee (.99 cents USD thru PayPal's micropayments, which I hope is now set up correctly...spent an hour or two figuring out which of my little businesses need to stay with paypal and which will migrate to Google Checkout)...This little fee will cover the cost of allowing them to list additional info, place video, pics, url, etc., on their listing in the catalog-generated teacher's listings/retailer's listings/school listings.

I did use the 'sandbox' testing environment (that took a little while to figure out, too). I don't really trust that it really means anything. (Oh Ye of little faith, etc.)

Anyway, I figured out that the little purchase:page link that the people who want to obtain enhanced listings is still there, even when I use the same catalog to put in advertisers info...I'm using an advertising affiliate service (or two) to get html/java banners... So, I realized that there needs to be a separate system; 1 for the people who pay to list, and a second for the affiliate banners that I place in the system myself. So now I'm creating another whole system for the affiliate advertising and getting my 'hands' dirty figuring out how the html wrap code gets re-written to enable additional sets of banners to display. Kind of feels like total experimentation. I try out something. If it doesn't work, I try something else.
Luckily the software is very forgiving.

I have run into some issues that looked like problems with 'my server', however, after speaking with my server technician, who was clueless, as usual, I tried the old standard; I cleaned out my cookies...actually emptied everything out of my browser and 'voila!' everything was back as smooth as glass!
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