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ocPortal as a new user, what advice would you give

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One of ocPortals biggest strengths at least for me is the awesome feature set but I can see how it can be a little overwhelming to a new user. This is especially true of less technical users but I don't think this should be that big of an issue.

 I was wondering what you would consider the best bit of advice you you give a new user.  One who isn't a programmer. I know we have all levels of technical ability here so I thought it would be interesting to find different points of view.

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Toughie!

For me, there are too many imponderables, and it really depends on the WHAT and the WHY that only the prospective user can answer.

That said, I'd ask the same questions of somebody that wants to use ocPortal that I had to ask myself:
  • What kind of website are you intending to build?
  • Why do you want to use a CMS?

That might seem a bit vague, but users come in all shapes and sizes, and levels of technical ability. So, I think it is important they choose the right vehicle for their journey.

They should try and match their expectations to the CMS of their choice, and not the other way around. Choosing the latter course often appears to end in disillusionment, and the chosen CMS doesn't necessarily get a fair chance of doing what the developers had expected it to.

 :(

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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Agree with Fletch, I ask always first what they think to do with it, or what is expected of the site. Then you can give good advice.


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I'm going through this now with a friend of mine that is blind.  He's a radio announcer and in the past hired a company to manage his website.  He was not happy with them because they didn't keep his site as current as he'd like to have it.  His biggest worry is that he doesn't have the time, nor the want to learn HTML, CSS, Javascript etc.  I was telling him about ocPortal and how it has been designed with accessibility in mind, and is the only CMS on the market that allows a blind user to completely manage their site with out any sited help.  My entire love with ocP is not only the feature set, and the ability to configure it in nearly unlimited configurations, but the comcode that it uses and the ability to turn off WYSIWYG and design totally in comcode and rest assured that it is presented in a clean and well formatted manner.  I currently have three sites that I admin, my family site, an Uncle's blog site, and a National Blind Organizations membership site and they all three are powered by ocPortal.  I'll never use anything else, and is the first suggestion I give anyone when asked, "What is the best way to manage my web site?"
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I think the best advice for a newbie (especially non-techie but maybe even techie) is to start simple and try not to learn everything at once (there's far too much to learn lol) focus on a portion of your website or a subset of features and just play and practice with them for a couple months before moving onto other features or adding more complexity.

Take Notes of what you did and where you learned the info.

Make a bookmark folder for important posts or tutorials and bookmark everything with descriptive captions to help you go back and find the info again later (cause you will forget it and need it again trust me! lol).

Also if you don't understand something the first time just be patient eventually it will kick in. I am finally starting to understand a bit bit better the structure of ocPortal and how to code for it finally (at least I think I do lol) after a long long time of reading and poking. Mostly because I have dificulty with new knowledge retention these days and as well a distracted lifestyle which keeps pulling me away from ocPortal just after I start to grasp something I get busy on projects (or personal stuff) that have nothing to do with it and when I return to play a couple months later I have forgotten half (or more) of what I have alreeady learned. But I am on a new role and things are finally starting to click more so i am excited. Plus I finally got a new (well not brand new) laptop to take on the road with me which lets me work on stuff when I am out of town (of which I am constantly) instead of having to wait till I return home every so often.
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