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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 ocPortal 9 will be superseded by Composr 10.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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I'm a photographer on the semi-professional level but typically earn my keep as a Project Manager in a software house.

I probably should have read some of documentation before starting out but I'm one of those "old school" types who believes "if it needs a manual it ain't no good!" :lol:

But in fairness after just handful of hours I have a good bare bones site running as a test. There's still some confusion on my part that I can not find documented so I'll ask that question elsewhere.

I did find one issue, I turned on the "validation software" and every page in admin was shown "to be bad" :o

No matter what, it's a fun learning experience.

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Welcome aboard, Nigel. It's a steep learning curve for ocPortal, especially when you've used other CMS'. And I assume you have.

My needs are modest and the platform suits me just fine. You'll adapt things to suit your style, but it will take time and a bit of lateral thinking.

This is the place to ask, because the staff (the software authors) are incredibly helpful, and even if us members don't have the answer, they will certainly be able to enlighten you.

Good luck, and post your URL when you're ready so that we can take a look.

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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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Fletch said

Welcome aboard, Nigel. It's a steep learning curve for ocPortal, especially when you've used other CMS'. And I assume you have.

This is the place to ask, because the staff (the software authors) are incredibly helpful, and even if us members don't have the answer, they will certainly be able to enlighten you.

 
Fletch,

Thanks for the words, but after a frustrating day sadly I think I'm ready to call it quits. I'm just not finding in documentation what I need, I can see (and have seen on other peoples sites - reason I tried this in the first place) just how powerful this is. I see in the documentation (and visiting other sites) that what I want I want to do is possible. But then - nothing. No clue at all on how to actually do it. This is my first attempt at using software like this, no CMS experience at all.

I suppose a good example would be that I want three separate Galleries. One for paid members, one for members and one for guests. But I've tried like crazy and can find no way to do this. I always end up with all three linked together. So that no matter what menu item I select it's always the same result.

In each album I wanted sub-albums but when I add items to the sub-albums the pictures are always displayed in the album and sub-album. Can find no way to turn them off.

I might keep trying for a bit longer but I wish there was better documentation for dummies like myself.

Nigel.
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Ah, Nige. Your lament mirrors most of our experiences. I think we've all gone through that hoop.

It is very likely that Chris or Philip or Allen will read this and step in with, either a solution, or an explanation of what can't be done.

For my part, all I can suggest is that logging in as Admin means you'll see 'everything'. Suggest you make up three ghost users representing your three categories, and then use the 'SU' feature against your Admin login and try accessing the different areas you've created by SU-ing as each user. You should then be able to see if you've managed the 'separation' successfully.

The other bit of advice I'd give a first-time user of ocPortal is to remember to "CTRL+ALT+SHFT+Refresh" each time you make changes, so that you get rid of cached stuff.

The ocPortal community are invariably helpful if you ask somebody how they achieved a certain feature. No harm in dropping them a line.

Keep going. You won't regret it.

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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Fletch,

I'm glad you talked me into persevering!! It's not obvious and hardly explained but you need to work from the bottom up. I'm used to working from the top down.

i.e. when you set up a gallery it asks for "codename" but when you read the documentation it talks about "categories". So in the end I was able  to create different albums for different membership levels.

Now I need help with this "Most useful kinds of purchase can, however, be achieved with the default usergroup product: a usergroup for which membership can be bought could be given additional permissions that reflect access to features or areas of the website that would not otherwise be available."

Once again it tells me exactly what I want to do. But I can find no clues at all as to how to do it :(

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Congrats on your success in setting up the different membership level albums. Doesn't it feel good when you've cracked it? I've had many 'highs' and 'lows' with this CMS, but I'm still using it and still keep finding little gems as the days go on.

My MAIN reason though, is that hackers keep hacking and spammers keep spamming, but nothing shows up on my site. The only result of their mindless attention is that I get notified. Some I add to the 'banned users' list, others I just ignore!

I can't offer any advice on your last observation, because I don't use the CMS in that way, but I'm sure somebody else has done it before and will come up with something.

Keep on truckin'.

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View my working ocPortal site (version 9.x.x) at Anglo-Indian Portal
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