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[Tutorial: Starting out with ocPortal, enduser perspective] Assistance Request

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*grin*, kinda windy title. I'm working on a tutorial that outlines "some stuff" with regards to first starting out with ocPortal. Since it is written by an enduser, me, the idea is that the perspective will be different than that of the developers. The overall goal is to provide a launching point for new adopters that will give them the information required to make informed choices about expectations and deployment.

If you get a free second or two, could you post below any links to documentation, tutorials, and forum posts that you found to be helpful (whether you read them at the beginning of your journey or after you were underway) in making choices and shaping your expectations of the package. They can be from any discipline (developing, researching, themeing, deploying, etc.), but I would ask that they not be too specific as I'm trying to keep this document as an overview and not too detailed.

Thanks!
SD

"no violence, no hate, no pain, no enemies
just peace, unity, tolerance and love" - The Beloved

OCP V7 | Advocating monetary reform - FreeOurMoney

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A Quick Start Guide would be a great contribution, SoccerDad.

I remember having permission/privileges issues and a number of forum members helped set me straight including Chris:

Need some help on restricting access

Thanks and good luck with your efforts.

Bob

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SoccerDad,

You can expect my full support and contribution to your project, SoccerDad.

Here is what I've read at the beginning of my journey with ocPortal right after the initial installation, while running the Setup Wizard at step 2.

It truly shaped my expectations of the package. Within 2 months of that discovery, I made it a point to stop at that very same place and take the time to underline it’s implication to 65 very eager students about to install and learn the ropes of ocPortal’ CMS. I did witness the same exhilaration from most of them that day.

Here is what it said:

ocPortal Setup Wizard – Step 2 said

What to expect from ocPortal
ocPortal is built with 4 layers of control, all of which you have access to and all of which are fully documented; each successive layer provides more control, but requires more experience.
  1. Unexperienced computer userswill be able to create a generic but rich website.
  2. Experienced computer userswill be able to create a highly featured website with it's own look & feel.
  3. Intermediate web developerswith a good understanding of XHTML will be able to implement their own designs exactly.
  4. Experienced programmerswill be able to create totally new website features, or modify existing ones.
Here is the extract from this page:
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I have just finished the first part of a guide to getting started with ocPortal as I know when I was using a competitor i didn't really understand how to get a website online. In the end chose one that did it all for me. Just thought that whilst i was going through the process anyway i would take a few screen shots and make it into a guide. It will probably only help the real beginners who are completely new to creating websites. I just thought it would be a shame for someone not to use ocPortal because they are unsure about how easy the installation process is. If i can manage it it must be easy. It is only a draft at the minute as i'm adding to it as i carry on creating my website with ocPortal as something I can refer back to when i create another site. It was suggest that I post it here.

Lorna

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Good start Lorna. My kind of 'guide'. The more experienced and competent users in this forum will probably have forgotten how daunting things are when you are 'starting out'.

I've commented in previous posts on this forum that this sort of 'User Guide' would make things more appealing to people hunting for a solution, but who are put off by the apparent complexity of this outstanding product.

Simple language, step-by-step guidance, and I would hope that many others will come flocking to this site.

Good one!

 :thumbs:


P.S. I can see a collaborative effort with SD in the making …


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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Thanks for that Lorna! If it's OK with you, may I incorporate it into the overall draft? Once I have the overal doc put together, I'll post the first draft in the Community docs section and we can all work on it together…

"no violence, no hate, no pain, no enemies
just peace, unity, tolerance and love" - The Beloved

OCP V7 | Advocating monetary reform - FreeOurMoney

Need OCP friendly hosting? Look no further:
Web Hosting, Reseller Hosting, and Dedicated Servers w/cPanel - Elief! - Official hosting partner for ocPortal.
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Thank you for all the nice comments.

if you want any help with anything just let me know I have just finished Uni and am jobless so have plenty of time on my hands. Just remember I am a beginner too :). It can be used where it might help someone.

Lorna 
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Lorna, thank you for sharing your getting started Guide.

It is a clear road map for any beginner to follow.
Well Done! :thumbs:
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