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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 ocPortal 9 will be superseded by Composr 10.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,  Brand new user here.  I never heard of ocPortal until a few days ago.  I not sure how I happened upon it, but was looking for something that allowed a mailman ←> phpbb3 bridge.  I never found one, except for an outdated bridge to phpbb2, but I'm glad I found ocPortal.  I've been looking for something to build a community upon.  I have used Joomla primarily but don't really care for Community Builder (The exact name escapes me).

I must say though, after playing with this for a few hours over a couple days … It will be a decent learning curve.  Maybe because I am somewhat used to Joomla now, but it felt like the initial learning curve there was much less.  The concepts like Zones, Panels, Blocks, Pages, comcode, etc. and trying to find where everything is at and what changes affect what,  take some getting used to.  I'm a software developer (embedded, client/server, iptv, dvb, etc), but only do web stuff as a hobby, so my background on these concepts is rather shaky at best. Still, I look forward to being able to build a site or two for my needs and am currently going through the various docs.  Who knows, if I become comfortable enough with it, maybe I can write a bridge from mailman to OCF, as I still would like that functionality with a forum :-)

Anyway, kudos on some good software here.  This is the first time I saw a CMS that I thought… Wow, this could really solve about 90% of my needs.
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Welcome singing.

Yes, ocPortal does require adjusting to its interface but it is an effort that is rewarded with good outcomes. As you pointed out, unlike most CMSes, ocPortal packs most everything a site developer could want into the base package - a comprehensive solution. There plenty to get your site started and easy-to-add new features as the site grows.

Bob
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Welcome aboard sinjinn!

My advice to you is to take a series of small steps, one at a time. Don't try to absorb everything before you start implementing your site. Run the wizard for a color scheme then target one basic element you would like to see differently and look for a tutorial and ask for advice. Making this one modification work will be more rewarding and will encourage you to take the other steps. There is no better feeling like making something happen right from the get-go, and ocPortal is designed exactly for this in mind. Forget about trying to know it all; books and encyclopedias about ocPortal are not needed, just a sense of purpose to start using it.

Have Fun!
Jean

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Allow me to add my welcome too, sinjinn.

Like Jean I wish you 'Have Fun', and remember that most of us here have gone through the 'Frustration' stage at various times, and are always ready to offer advice.

Nothing is insurmountable!

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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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Very nice, Harry. Super clean looking.

Bob
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From me also welcome sinjinn. Have fun and enoch sleep. Take your time to learn and build your dream.


Harry


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Thanks guys.  I look forward to picking this up.  Good advice Jean.  It'll take me a while because I am only playing with it in my down time, but I'm excited about it.  Again, thanks for the warm welcome.
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Welcome. I am a little new like you and have been reading too. And  as I get time trying to set up a site to use ocPortal on as well and I agree it is a little overwhelming at first there is so much that it can do and so much to learn and to be honest a little difficult to navigate at times but also like you I think the 90% thing there and it will be worth the effort eventually to understand it completely because the power and flexibility it provides is really great.

It is taking me a while to design my site because, as I build Catalogues and forums one way I start to realize there is probably an even better way and I can't tell you how many times I have deleted a Catalogue that I built because after I built I learned something new that ocPortal does and said oh hey it would be better if I did it this way! lol Anyway, I'll get there eventually it's just a juggling of time right now while learning and reading and implementing at the same time as my other obligations but it is fun.

Good Luck!
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Welcome to ocPortal sinjinn, you're going to like it. I think Jean had some good words for you to get your feet wet with. Have a good time with it.


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