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List of other websites using ocPortal

Is there a list known other websites that are using ocPortal as there main CMS... if there is can someone please point me to it :) (and sorry for being blind as a bat and not seeing it...)

If there isn't it wouldn't be a bad idea.
  • It is a good place to show off your site
  • A good way for members to get a few ideas of how others have set their site up using ocPortal.
  • It is also a good way for ocPortal to show that people are using the software and here are some examples.
  • It would show the flexiblity of ocPortal. even if all sites were using the default theme like me...
Would be simple enough to make a simple catelogue to meet this task... all it would need is;
  • member name,
  • and the url to the site.
  • Maybe a screen shot.
Just a thought to help with community growth..


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The problem with this is people don't always maintain their sites. If a site is linked to from a reasonable popular site like this, and the domain is not renewed, often spammers will buy out the domain via automated tools. If you're lucky they will just put Google ads on there, if unlucky, they'll put porn on it. So we'd need to constantly review the sites on there.

So we have the introductions forum that does a similar thing.

It would be cool to have something of a site showcase, for the top sites. Robbie made some effort of this for the Facebook fan page.


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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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Chris Graham said

The problem with this is people don't always maintain their sites. If a site is linked to from a reasonable popular site like this, and the domain is not renewed, often spammers will buy out the domain via automated tools. If you're lucky they will just put Google ads on there, if unlucky, they'll put porn on it. So we'd need to constantly review the sites on there.

So we have the introductions forum that does a similar thing.

It would be cool to have something of a site showcase, for the top sites. Robbie made some effort of this for the Facebook fan page.


Totally understand where you are coming from and what you mean, it is an age old problem…  ;)

However my thoughts new people wanting to use the software will struggle finding good examples of a site running and using. Many won't even venture into the forums escpecially if they don't actually use the softeware yet… and if they do few will read the introductions, they will be looking for FAQ's and seeing how many and what type of bug reports there are etc…

I have to admit I didn't venture into the ocPortals forums myself till after I started using ocportal. I used the info you had displayed in the outter levels of the site, but it would have been nice to have seen a few other sites as well.

We have the same problem with our links on my site  I go through them every so often and update or delete the various club sites most times on a random bassis.

Maybe just have a  few sites that are not going anywhere, been around for a while, members of the community that are puting back trying to help it grow... example my site has been around in various forms and software for 7 years and is not going anywhere. Heck I wanna have a 10th Birthday party lol. I am sure there are other stes in the community that may have been around even longer.

I reckon you would only need to maintain a list of about 10-15 sites just so people get a better idea...

I dunno just random thoughts while I sit here at work thinking I should actually do some work... lol :thumbs::)


opps sorry for rambbling... I need coffee... :lol:
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Fletch said


Maybe at least these links needs to be more visual on the main site, makes it easier to find…

Tis all good

Just my marketing side of me coming to the surface…  :offtopic:
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As much as the marketing side of me says 'yes', the practical side says no. As Chris points out, this would need constant updating: is the  site running several versions behind or, worse yet, has changed software. Then there are the spammers on dead sites. There is just a bunch of extra work at the same time that Chris is trying to unburden himself and his staff so that they might pursue the larger clients with budgets.

So, one side loves this, the other thinks it will just become another on a long checklist of To-Do items.

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By the way, there is the ocProducts portfolio: Portfolio: a few select ocProducts projects - ocPortal.com

However, this rather illustrates the issue. The first entry for Nomosa has no actual website currently – just Facebook and Twitter pages.

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BobS said

As much as the marketing side of me says 'yes', the practical side says no. As Chris points out, this would need constant updating: is the  site running several versions behind or, worse yet, has changed software. Then there are the spammers on dead sites. There is just a bunch of extra work at the same time that Chris is trying to unburden himself and his staff so that they might pursue the larger clients with budgets.

So, one side loves this, the other thinks it will just become another on a long checklist of To-Do items.

Bob


Yeah agreed…

actually even the Portfolio needs to be more visable… didn't even know about this page either..  :$

Heck and probably doesn't need to be a link to the site just few decent screen shots of each choosen the site would even do…

As for versions I usually run my site half a version behind the latest and greatest version for sometime before upgrading waiting for as many bugs to be fixed… (but that is just me... I have always dreaded upgrades on the best of days...)
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The ocProduct's portfolio showcases clients for whom they have done design and implementation work rather than just the casual users like you and I.

There is certainly nothing wrong with a site running a version behind but I suspect that there are sites that are still on v4; this inadvertently sends the wrong message that ocPortal is difficult to maintain and upgrade.

The only solution I could think of would be people self-submitting their site's for inclusion every 30, 60 or 90 days. But this would still entail additional effort to vet and curate the sites.

I really wish there was a good solution because I basically agree that showing use cases is one of the best forms of marketing.

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A member of the community could take it on themselves to compile and curate a list: ocPortal.com - CEDI page: CEDI home


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Ahh, yes. A community-driven project. That would be most excellent.

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BobS said

Ahh, yes. A community-driven project. That would be most excellent.
Do here an evil laughter coming from …

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excellent…. bwahahaha.. most excellent!  :lol:



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Nighthawk said

Do here an evil laughter coming from …

(Best Mr Burns Voice)
excellent…. bwahahaha.. most excellent! 




You do. And I seem to remember someone wondering how they might help out in the community.  ;)

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Here's my .02 worth…

I run a forum for a programming language in Linux. With V8 I'm creating a software repository making good use of many of the new data types and the auto expire feature in the catalog system. A member can upload his stable software to a category named New Entries. They sit in that repo for 30 days and then are auto-moved to the main stable repo where they will remain for about a year, after which they will auto-move once again to an archive repo to collect dust. Higher membership levels make use of the longer expiry feature for auto-moving.

Why not use something like that to create a database to house a website showcase? It could be set it to auto move (after x number of days) to another category where a trusted member (or group) has access rights to deleted those.

Any member could then list his/her site. After 120/365 (std/longer expiry) days that entry would auto-move to the secondary category, where the trusted member (or group) could then have access to delete those entries.

You could even limit access to a slightly higher usergroup to thwart spammers.

The database could serve two purposes:
  • showcase websites
  • showcase a way to use the catalog system

Just tossing thoughts up into the wind to see where they land…

Steve
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sholzy-

I rather like this idea. A member(s) could be given access as maintainers of this catalogue to vet and curate, as appropriate. And it would certainly be a nice way of showcasing the expiry feature but would need to be explained.

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