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GREAT SOFTWARE BUT HOW PRACTICAL ?

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Great software package, and my initial thought after having discovered this package was that there is  nothing else to compare, it really is a beautiful CMS

But unfortunately that is where it sadly ends.

It soon became very apparant to me, there is is simply no third party support for this product  no themes and I simply could not imagine how one would even start to support such an installation.

I want to set up a community project and some customisation will be required. I have not been able to find any third party development support for this project despite looking for almost 2 days. Unless I am willing to pay the 60.00/hour fees to OCPORTAl I dont see that this software is a reality to anyone but the biggest companies or programmers.

Great software but right now i cant see it going anywhere unless significant effort is made to making this package more available to the average user.
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Well, there's absolutely nothing stopping any programmer or web designer picking up ocPortal and making modifications. They are just looking for an incentive. Throw some cash on elancer for instance and I'm sure you'll get a lot of people willing to do the small amount of learning required. There's a lot of documentation.

Or think of it like this – it's a very sad world if every developer will choose something substandard just to maintain a comfortable status-quo. Progress will happen, developers will increasingly learn ocPortal when they find it gives them huge cost savings and customers demand it for that reason also.


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When I first started using ocPortal a few years ago I was relatively new to all of this. I had created a couple of basic websites and had a community forum using simple machines forums for about a year.

The documentation/tutorials here are so in depth (and even linked in your admin zone) that I soon found there was nothing I could not do on my own if I had the time and patience to learn with the documentation provided.

If I do at some time run into something that is beyond the scope of my skills and what I can reasonably ask for help with in the forums I will not hesitate to pay the 60/hour to the ocPortal team. I think it is a reasonable price…..hire someone with limited knowledge of ocPortal for 20/hour to spend a week on your project or the core development team for 60/hour to spend a day. What is cheaper in the end and produces the best quality results?

Also if your looking for a third party to help you out there are some very talented people that frequent these forums, are passionate about ocPortal and are for hire. Visit the links in some of the members signatures and you may find some help there as well.

Best of luck to you with your project.

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khunchris, what is it exactly you are looking to do? What sort of website are you wanting to build?

If you want 3rd party modifications or addons, what would those be?

If you just want new themes, what theme would you want?

I think if you explain the problem you are having people will probably try to help you accomplish it if you keep at it.

I am thinking of building another theme someday. I am making time to do things. Slowly but surely everything will be done if we stick to a proven system with a plan.
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Kudos to Chris, Brian, and TY2U! I think you summed it all up nicely!

Eric DeMars . com
My electronic portfolio and personal site. Uses ocPortal!
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Agreed, sop much so that I couldn't think of anything to add! *gasps*

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