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 ocPortal 9 will be superseded by Composr 10.

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Hi there,

I have been doing a lot of research regarding the best CMS out there for my clients and I came across OC Portal. Now whilst there have been some amazing reviews of the product, I'm yet to see any decent examples of the implementations.

Can anyone provide me with an example site that's been developed using OC Portal?

I had read that it's best feature is that everything is customisable including the HTML / CSS / JS. I am an experienced web developer but after looking at the "edit theme feature" I feel somewhat confused.

I've trawled the web to find very sparce themes for OC portal and they seem to all look basically the same in terms of layout with a few or more "modules" added to the left and right panels.

Ideally I'm looking to be able to change the whole look and feel of the website, ie the Navigation to be 2 tiered and half way down the page rather than at the top and side etc etc. I'm not overly taken by the "block" feel of the out of the box cofiguration.

I've developed one site in Joomla which was fairly customisable, I just found the templating very fiddly to deal with, hence the potential move to OC Portal.

Any help or information would be gratefully recieved.

Thanks Mel
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Hi missmonkee! Welcome to ocPortal. Here are a few sites for your viewing pleasure that are developed with OCP, but [slightly/more than slightly] different than the out of the box install. I consider them neither good nor bad, just OCP powered and different.

I'm also just wrapping up the development of an OCP powered site for my company which I will share with the community when complete in the next couple of weeks.

What you will find with OCP at this stage is "a community in birth". Up until last year, OCP was a commercial product (free version available but copyright logos had to remain intact), however, now that it released as OpenSource, the community is really starting to grow. Over the coming months and years, I have no doubt that we will some great core code from ocProducts and some real kewl addons, themes and layout types.

I too came from the Joomla world (among other CMS packages mixed in). I too was thrown a bit by OCP and how it was laid out, worked and themed. In many cases, it seemed harder to work with than the others. (I think primarily because much of the true power of OCP is not point and click) I am however, extremely thankful that I chose to stick with OCP. Once I got working with the product, it became very apparent that the power and flexibility of OCP easily surpassed anything else that I had used. I am here to stay and will be using OCP exclusively for any and all sites that I develop for or make recommendations on.

Last, but certainly not least, the development team behind ocPortal provides support like I've never seen in an OpenSource product (and many commercial products for that matter), so between the community and the developers, one is never left hanging with issues.

Hope this helps!

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Welcome aboard missmonkee. To reiterate a point that SD makes in his post, ocPortal, now that it is open source will probably take off with alarming speed. The only way you will reach a conclusion is to test drive it - hard - and then start to make comparisons.

SoccerDad said

Last, but certainly not least, the development team behind ocPortal provides support like I've never seen in an OpenSource product (and many commercial products for that matter), so between the community and the developers, one is never left hanging with issues.

Never underestimate the enthusiasm and professional approach of the staff. Like SD, I've yet to come across the level of support given HERE in Forum, compared to any other software.

@SD …
Thanks for the acolade (site ref). Now I have to live up to it. Sheesh!

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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I agree about the support I have not had this level of support from other online script but I have had the same level of support with 3 web hosts. ;)
If you have ever read the good to great book by Jim Collin. It talks about level 5 staff, which is the best kind and the staff here are in my opinion level 5.

Also welcome to the site.

I run http://otakuplayground.com and am hopping to make themes and other things for ocportal even though I no longer use it for otakuplayground.com I still love it and feel it could go far with the right help. It needs themes and needs people to advertise for it.
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I'm new as well, and am liking the all inclusive nature of OCP and as far as I have tested incredible feature set. Theming OCP isn't bad at all.  I'm going to upload my theme sometime this weekend.

I will say this, on the face of it OCP looks dated, as far as i can tell this script started way back in early 2004 and maintains that "portal" feel from back then, but I believe that is only because the OCP team has concentrated on the "interior" and deferred the "exterior" to you the site creator.

Having worked for a social startup company that attempted to build something like OCP utilizing Ruby on Rails, Ajax, and all the cool kid stuff…. I can tell you that we missed the mark big time.  We had the look but lacked the guts.

Missmonkee curious to here your thoughts, in light of your trial of OCP and the feedback provided here.
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The thing about our default theme is we try and avoid putting assumptions into it. Lots of extra styles to make it look really nice by default means lots extra to strip out to change it's appearance. We don't intentionally give it a 'portal feel', but that's just the natural way it comes out with an auto-generated layout of modular components. Still, there's always room for improvement :).


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It makes me wonder what the future holds for ocportal for both its look and feel.

I run http://otakuplayground.com and am hopping to make themes and other things for ocportal even though I no longer use it for otakuplayground.com I still love it and feel it could go far with the right help. It needs themes and needs people to advertise for it.
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Thanks for those sites, SoccerDad. Was very impressed to see some of those I haven't found through the forums.

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My electronic portfolio and personal site. Uses ocPortal!
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I have just recently started moving my "html based" e-portfolio to "ocPortal based".

My backdrop is similar to the official ocPortal site. Now I am tweaking to my own little style. There's not much to view because I have to rework how I display my work and reorganize everything again.

I am posting this here because this shows as well as some of SoccerDad's links that you don't need to have it a "block" touchy type of feeling. :)

Again, there's not much to see. As I post this, I have put up two of my videos I created and two of my Flash projects I designed. I just graduated from college this past May with an A.A.S. Degree in Webpage/Multimedia Design.

Click here for my website. The link under the nametag leads you to my uploaded projects.

I hope this helps and encourages you, missmonkee, to want to use ocPortal rather than those other CMS programs out there. :thumbs:

Eric DeMars . com
My electronic portfolio and personal site. Uses ocPortal!
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Eric said

I have just recently started moving my "html based" e-portfolio to "ocPortal based".

My backdrop is similar to the official ocPortal site. Now I am tweaking to my own little style. There's not much to view because I have to rework how I display my work and reorganize everything again.

I am posting this here because this shows as well as some of SoccerDad's links that you don't need to have it a "block" touchy type of feeling. :)

Again, there's not much to see. As I post this, I have put up two of my videos I created and two of my Flash projects I designed. I just graduated from college this past May with an A.A.S. Degree in Webpage/Multimedia Design.

Click here for my website. The link under the nametag leads you to my uploaded projects.

I hope this helps and encourages you, missmonkee, to want to use ocPortal rather than those other CMS programs out there. :thumbs:

Hey Eric!

Good example of the versatility of ocPortal for a simple, yet straight to the point and efficient site using a stripped down ocPortal.

I absolutely love the PokerFace Video–music and all-showing great editing flair.

You've got talent my friend!:thumbs:
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Islander-aua said

I absolutely love the PokerFace Video-music and all-showing great editing flair.

This was probably the most fun project I did in that class. Glad you liked it and thanks for the compliments.

Eric DeMars . com
My electronic portfolio and personal site. Uses ocPortal!
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