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Poll: ocPortal future focus

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What are the three most important things for us to be doing in the future?
Video tutorials
Remove unnecessary features, or merge features together
Run rolling usability testing sessions to make things progressively easier for complete n00bs
Develop miscellaneous new features or added flexibility
Make the UI more enjoyable, Steve-style
Take CMSs to a new level of usability: drag and drop, desktop integration, integration with office suites
Create a cloud hosting service that's always up-to-date and super easy to get going with
Make an Enterprise version: staging server support, versioning, etc
Add financial rewards for promoting ocPortal
Other (please reply - but please make it a general area, not something too specific)
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Please vote :).


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Other: explore methodology for easier adding of (news/blog) content to a site.

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Such as dragging in a word doc? :). That would be covered in my vision of "Take CMSs to a new level of usability: drag and drop, desktop integration, integration with office suites".


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The drag and drop from a word document would make life easier for web managers where other people have access to load content. It can be frustrating if someone loads content from a word doc and you need to go and fix the styles.

It would be gerat if ocPortal knew which styles to drop (colours, font) and keep bolding, h1 etc

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Hamburgler said

It would be gerat if ocPortal knew which styles to drop (colours, font) and keep bolding, h1 etc
As long as its fully configurable. Maybe something as simple as nominating a reference document as the style list/library.

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@Chris: yes, that and *something* in line with the ease at which Facebook/Google+ content is added to ones newsfeed for example. There used to be a mod for Joomla that allowed content to be published from email. Another angle maybe (not sure about copyright issues though) whereby RSS content could be added to the database for more permanency….those kinds of things.

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Great survey, Chris.

I find that I spend at least three hours a day correcting content added by members who have been using OCP at TrustServe for several years. For some reason, many members still have a hard time linking to articles or embedding video. I don't know if there is anything that can be done. I find it much easier to disable WYSIWYG to add content, but that confuses a lot of people who just want to add and discuss content.
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Try getting them to record a video using Jing so we can see what they're doing wrong. That might help us find either bugs, or target usability improvements.


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Chris Graham said

Try getting them to record a video using Jing so we can see what they're doing wrong. That might help us find either bugs, or target usability improvements.
It's great to see that you are so committed to making ocPortal even better. I'm committed too with money in hand next year.

I said this before but I want to repeat it here. My plan is to make smaller, regular purchases of credits next year and then use the credits to sponsor new features I see them in the tracker. I know not everyone can do this but I decided that, even though I have no budget for my project, throwing a few dollars ocPortal's way is a good investment if you can swing it. I like knowing that Chris has a place to not sleep and enough for a good supply of energy drinks and bars.

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My "other" is documentation. There is a lot of it but (as I said elsewhere) I feel a "from wanting a dynamic site to having ocportal doing it" book is missing.

I continue to read pieces of the documentation and continue to learn. I am probably not even the audience for the book but something that is "step by step" is likely to attract a bunch of new players.
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As I suggested here I would like to see ocPortal translated into more languages :)

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Video tutorials are nice, but they are a huge overhead and require so much time.  In addition, they are useless to reuse even in part when there are updates and changes to the software they demonstrate.
They also need translations / subtitles and really, the amount of work that goes into a good video tutorial is something perhaps left to the "fan base".
Speaking from experience while working at a software company in the support department - I was one of the employees / fans who had made a demo video.

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