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Mambo vs. ocPortal

(the current releases)

I find Mambo a lot easier than ocPortal.
I find ocPortal worth more than Mambo.

However, i'll state pro's and con's just to have a fair equivalent share :P

ocPortal- Pro's:
This script has a ton of features.  I LOVE the forum integration, error handling, hierarchy, ComCode creation, Javascript coding, ease of handling and the modules that come with it.
The options are really nice and come with a great feel at first, makes me feel at home too.
Members arrangement and specific adjustments for EACH and EVERY member is really nice, I love it.
Language system is purely great, love it.
So many ready PHP codes I can easily use and integrate, and it makes updating easier than ever without the worry.
Not much else I can say, this script seems to be in its earlier stages.

ocPortal- Con's:
I can't believe how messy this script is, far worse than any script i've seen compared to all those other scripts, working free or not.
The member system makes me tear my hair out to the last strand because I have to go to Admin Centre, go to this option, this option, turn that option on…ugh, frustrating.
When I want to update a template, god, I have to scroll through hordes of names of template names, they are not even named right, so confusing.
When it comes to mySQL, things sometimes don't go right as planned.

Other than that, I really love this script.  Only if it was organized more, i'd love it even more.

Mambo

Mambo- Pro's:
I can't believe how easy and organized this script is.  Free and professionally, yet, personally designed for anything.
I was able to get used to it easily and I find myself flying through everything in seconds, updating in so much short time, I thought it was a dream.
The category, section, content and other features were a dream just waiting to slip in my mind, so easy to use, it should be illegal :P
Just when I think i'll get an error, or maybe something is going to over-write or maybe not go in right, it does everything I would WANT to happen.
The menu system and hierarchy like system is a dream come true, it actually stays where you want it to without error.
I LOVE their contact feature.  Its spam-less, easy and you can tell exactly what you want in there, hide fields/show fields, though there are limited fields, its nice without the extra "gunk" for spammers/hackers looking for a new toy.
Though it took me a few days to get used to the system, it was a breeze.

Mambo- Con's:
I do NOT like how they do not do forum integration, it would be an AWESOME and my choice over any CMS available if it DID have integration in it, though you have to pay for it.
Categories, sections and other features do have a draw-back, and, its not being able to do everything you would want.
Sure, its nice, but, when you want that extra function or maybe put in that extra "gender" field, its not a really good thing.

Conclusion for ocPortal:
I personally love ocPortal, I wouldn't get away from it at all.
A lot of errors, but, if I wait long enough, there will be enough things for me to like it a lot more than I do now.  My top choice for a SERIOUS website.

Conclusion for Mambo:
I have no words to describe how EASY this script is.  Talk about slicing cake with PHP dragging on your tail.

Honestly you guys (ocportal), if you took a look at Mambo and did EXACTLY what they did, only in YOUR style, optional features too, you would have me buying your script as it is, even if I have it for free.


But for now, Mambo remains my CMS of choice, but i'm just using Mambo for my adult portion, still using ocPortal for my "site"

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My new layout, used with ocPortal

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To be honest, templates in ocPortal are some of the easiest I've seen ;) You can easily check which templates make up a page by selecting "Templates" from the drop-down on your user panbel which considerably narrows down the search.

Now lets take any other piece of forum software for example. Many, many less screens than ocPortal, but somehow many more template bits…? I agree ocPorta's template bits could do with organising into sections like Global, Gallery, Downlaods etc, but that's about all I'd do with them :)

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We all have our preferences :P

Sonic Dash - my site :)
My new layout, used with ocPortal

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Well when you've had to completely change forum templates, you won't find too many systems difficult to re-template :D

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lol, I must say, Mambo was a toughie at first with teplating, but, seems a lot easier now :P

Sonic Dash - my site :)
My new layout, used with ocPortal

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I do not think its a lack of templating power, but a lack of "how to" information on the templates that makes it hard for people edit them. Many of those that start with new portal software are doing it just for that reason, to make templating and presentation easy. Unfortunately many of those same people only have rudimentary knowledge of php, java, and mysql scripting.

Templates in mambo have never been easier to make mainly due to heavy documentation and plug ins made for macromedia and adobe products. In fact much of what is now mambo came from modules and components originally created by the portal software users and integrated by the devs.

Mambos main advantage is its templates and the fact you can assign different templates to different pages with just 4 clicks. It is not the member system, it is not the forum integration, it is not even the content presentation (which has some more problems there), but the simple fact that you can deploy it quickly and with relative ease.

It is highly likely that we will see ocportal follow many of the same guide lines that mambo did as it matured. Ocportal is still young so where devs take it is still probably not clear. The important thing to note though is they admit that it is not perfect and are working to make it better. If they said it was perfect I would of never bought a license after test one lol.

In the end I would hold judgment and comparison of other portal scripts until the next version is released. This should allow for a true test of this scripts abilities and give us a clear understanding of where the devs see this script going.


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