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Moving forward with Composr

ocPortal has been relaunched as Composr CMS, which is now in beta. ocPortal 9 will be superseded by Composr 10.

Head over to compo.sr for our new site, and to our migration roadmap. Existing ocPortal member accounts have been mirrored.


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Hello people :D

I am Pawan and I stumbled[literally] onto ocPortal while searching for something entirely different. I could have never guessed that some CMS comes packed in with such a vast array of modules. the ocPortal team rocks, I have to say.

What I discovered was that the ocPortal community was considered to be a bit "cold" by some people. And it is a fact that good ocPortal documentation is hardly available outside the ocPortal site. This might be a good thing in many ways, becuase we dont have to fiddle around the web searching for something trivial, but it also shows the participation of the community in the project. So I decided to take a view of the community myself and got here.

I have to say that the community is anything but "cold" and that means the low popularity of the system is all the more inexplicable. However, I wish to correct that. Right now I am working on a theme and will release it sometime in the future. And I also plan to launch a site which will be a hub for ocP documentation, tutorials etc. I dont mean to say that the tuts here are bad, if anything, they are very good. But there must be a user side view of things.

And, oh, I almost forgot, I also plan to be involved here and learn more about the CMS extraordinaire we have on our hands here :thumbs:
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Welcome Pawan.
ocPortal is not now a big player in the open source market, but this will by change very fast :)
The community with very pleasant people give every support to everyone. So welcome to ocP world.

Harry  :thumbs:


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Thank you Harry  :)  I do hope that ocPortal reaches where it deserves to be. It certainly is a lot different than other CMSs out there because it has a core development team which has a vision to fulfil. Makes it much more directed and rational.
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Welcome pawan!

Like you I sort of Stumbled upon ocPortal after trying  dozens and dozens of CMS's over the years and who knows I may have even tried ocPortal in an early day and dismissed it for some reason or another but when I stumbled upon it around the v7 mark I was immediately impressed and a little sore I had not found it sooner. I find it difficult these days to retain information (prob a side affect to certain medical conditions I have developed in recent years) and have read some of the same tutorials and documentation on ocPortal over a few times still gettinglost and forgetting things all the time. But I haven't quit mainly because I know in time enough of the info will sink in to make me far more productive with this CMS than most anything out there.

 It has so much to offer and even more potential as it grows. And despite being a commercial developed product (albeit open source)  the support from the staff has been far better than I have seen in any opensource (an probably better than many paid systems too) product out there. Although I imagine one day the level of support currently being gifted by Chris and the staff may dwindle as they grow and get busier and busier with paying clients I can say I am very impressed with not only how quickly they deal with newly discovered bugs and how patient they are with newcomers but howoften they help in areas they really shouldn't be as it is against their primary business model. Despite that they still help with the non-essentials whereever they can.

As I say it is something people shouldn't expect nor be dissapointed when one day we may see less of that but at that point hopefully there will be enough experienced commmunity members to help pick up where they left off in terms of helping newbies transition to this somewhat complex but entirely rewarding CMS.

So again Welome and I look forward to your progress with this awesome community!
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Welcome aboard pawan.

I second everything Duck said (which might give the impression that I am too lazy to compose my own response), but far from it!

I think the 'buzzwords' when using ocPortal is "think lateral". You might find that there is a steep learning curve, but it is eminently satisfying when one gets a grip of the fundamentals.

There are several members here who have their own skills and specialities (not to mention the ocPortal team), who are always ready to offer help and advice. Which confuses me somewhat when you state that …
… What I discovered was that the ocPortal community was considered to be a bit "cold" by some people.
… as that is patently not the case as far as I am concerned, having been involved with this community for the last 6+ years.

I'm sure you will get involved, as promised, and further the cause of this magnificent CMS.

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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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Thank you Duck and Fletch. I agree with everything you said Duck.

And Fletch, I also wrote this, just after the sentence you mentioned :

Pawan said

I have to say that the community is anything but "cold"


So I already saw the excellent participation here. I guess people think its cold just because the community is not as large as of some of the more CMSs out there.

And Duck, I dont consider ocPortal to have a steep learning curve at all. For comparison, consider Drupal (I hope I am allowed to mention competitors in a non-advertising way) , which has a horrendously steep learning curve. I mean, I learnt JAVA more easily than I could have learnt Drupal. It is a menace. On the contrary, ocP is a breeze to learn and implement.

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In comparison to many (Drupal being one of those) the learning curve is not that steep it's true. However there is a lot under the hood of this one with much of it's own way of doing things so there is definitely a lot to learn and for me not being able to retain info long these days it is frustrating cause I may learn how to do something then a few weeks later when I need to do it again I can't find where to do it lol. It can get a little frustrating at times. But I keep plugging away.
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Duck said

In comparison to many (Drupal being one of those) the learning curve is not that steep it's true. However there is a lot under the hood of this one with much of it's own way of doing things so there is definitely a lot to learn and for me not being able to retain info long these days it is frustrating cause I may learn how to do something then a few weeks later when I need to do it again I can't find where to do it lol. It can get a little frustrating at times. But I keep plugging away.

You are not the only one Duck with this, but we will find always a solution :)


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Welcome to this friendly community, Pawan.

We can definitely use more themes and looking forward to your additions.
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Cheers!

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Duck said

In comparison to many (Drupal being one of those) the learning curve is not that steep it's true. However there is a lot under the hood of this one with much of it's own way of doing things so there is definitely a lot to learn and for me not being able to retain info long these days it is frustrating cause I may learn how to do something then a few weeks later when I need to do it again I can't find where to do it lol. It can get a little frustrating at times. But I keep plugging away.

Try something to keep notes mate. Writing things down after doing them beats everything else.

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Welcome to this friendly community, Pawan.

We can definitely use more themes and looking forward to your additions.

Cheers!

Jean

Thanks Jean. I will try to contribute to the best of my ability :)
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Thanks for those information.
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