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The name of the site existed before I stumbled across ocPortal, and I didn't see any reason to change it. There (the Portal part of the name) the connection ends, other than I use the engine to drive the site.

For years I ran the site using several flavours of 'Nuke', not least of all because it was a simple task to skin the site to my liking. However, I became disillusioned with the number of injection attacks that just about every pimple-faced kid seemed to be able to run, not just on my site, but gaining access to the servers on my web host via other 'unprotected' software. The Nuke community are an enthusiastic lot, but in their haste to introduce add-ons they invariably (means always - look it up) overlooked the security features. Not a failing you can level at ocPortal.

I looked around for another engine and that's when my association with ocPortal began. I liked it so much from the get-go that I hardly hesitated in reaching for my wallet. It may be open-source now, but all the reasons I chose it in the first place are still relevant. Indeed, it has been mutating into something I never believed I'd want, or need. But, as most of you know, there is always something extra you decide you want, and that's where you are pleasantly surprised that ocPortal already has it. What more can I say?

My site was originally designed to appeal to Anglo-Indians worldwide. However, after several years of being on-line, it appears that the majority of the Anglo Community is totally unaware of its existence. This would normally be a 'killer', but I enjoy using the software so much that I really don't care much if my target audience don't come knocking down my door!

I am still using version 3.2.10 despite 4.x.x being out for a while. I have no immediate plans to upgrade because I've modded the site to such an extent that moving to version 4.x.x will almost certainly destroy what I've tried to build.

I need to amplify that previous paragraph. In my enthusiasm to use the software I completely overlooked the warnings to create a 'new' theme, leaving the default well alone. So I butchered all the default templates and CSS, and now I find I am running a site with a default theme that isn't the 'default' any longer. This is my warning that you should not take this route; too late for me, but plenty of time for you to follow the guidelines from the start!

Enjoy your association with ocPortal. I know I am!



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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Hi Fletch,

Have you ever tried WinDiff? It's incredibly handy to find what you've changed in files. So you'd fire it up with the original global.css, and your global.css, and you could see all your changes quite clearly.


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Ah, Chris, if you only knew ….. !!

I use EditPad Pro, and I have a hardcopy list of all the files that I have changed, which I run through each time there is a patch release.

Now, a patch release is easy enough to make comparisons with, even if it is a long drawn out process (my list of changed files keeps increasing), but a major upgrade is going to throw up so many 'diffs' that I will probably not have a clue as to whether it is I, or the upgrade, that has made the changes!!

Thereby hangs my dilemma.

I've established a new domain on a fresh server into which I intend to install the 'latest and greatest' when I have the time. The intent is to gradually make the changes on the new site to reflect how the old site looks, then move everything across. Probably has a few minefields I need to circumnavigate, but I'll get there eventually.

Nevertheless, thanks for the encouragement!

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Fletch, are you aware your site is giving errors?

Eric DeMars . com
My electronic portfolio and personal site. Uses ocPortal!
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Thanks for the 'heads-up' Eric.

I think I spotted it about the same time as you, but since I've closed down the site I don't actually get to see the errors in good time.

I've sort of 'abandoned' the site, and ocPortal, and now enjoy a much quieter life allowing me to get on with other things that I enjoy doing. I decided that upgrading to version 4.x.x was going to be too much hassle so the site had to go. I might resurrect the site using Wordpress, and although WP hasn't got the functionality that ocPortal offers, upgrading to each new version is a point and click scenario, and that suits me just fine.

Will probably drop in here again from time to time to see how things are progressing.

Take care.

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 was looking for a site using CEDI for friendly when I happened on your errors.

You should always do what you enjoy. That's the best way to live life. Glad you'll drop in from time to time. Even if it's not ocPortal related, keep up informed how you're doing.

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