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Engineer-Cloud.com : My First ocPortal Site

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Made a site to track training professionals are required to take in the US to maintain their Professional license or work status.


www.engineer-cloud.com

While having to renew one of my engineering licenses last year I decided to make website to keep track of all the training and print the reports needed for filing.  I am not a professional programmer so the theme is pretty basic compared to some of the other sites posted.  I used the internet to learn oCPortal, HMTL5, PHP, and mySQL at the same time to create the site so I am definitely not an expert.  It took me about three months of nights and weekends but its working.  I decided to make it public in January 2013.  I am still adding features but only in my spare time so changes are a slow process.

In the process to create the site I tried out Joomla, Drupal, ocPortal, XOOPS, and sadly Mambo.  By far I found ocPortal to be the best site for what I needed and to easily integrate php programming to a mysql database.  I am still deciding how best to use CEDI because it works differently than the way I wanted to use it although I do like how it looks.  Maybe I will be able to adapt it.

Please let me know what you think.  Also, if you see any security holes or other major items I should clean up right away please let me know.

I appreciate any comments.  Thank you.

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The website looks great!

Did you create all of your "Hello Guest" pages that show a tutorial of how to add an event for example, or was that a feature already part of the ocPortal installation? I ask because I've toyed with the idea of creating simple 'how to' pages like that for my site. Anyway, you site looks pretty good. OcPortal is an amazingly broad CMS that offers tons of functionality and control. So you're gonna have plenty of fun :) Welcome to the club.
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Thanks for looking at the site.  I am happy that I chose ocPortal.

I made the guest pages after looking at the ocPortal tutorial.  The guest pages and the member pages after you login are actually the same page.  I used the ​(if_in_group=1) … (/if_in_group) command to show the tutorial screen shots.  To make the in_in_group commend work place it in between "[" and "]" and not between "(" and ")" as I have shown.  The forum does not grant me permissions to show the command in its actual format.  Anything in between the (if_in_group=1) … (/if_in_group) only runs for someone who is not logged in.  Anything in beween ​(if_in_group=2+] … (/if_in_group) runs for everyone who is logged in.  That way the same page can be used for both functions without cluttering the member pages with the tutorial screen shots.

The example screen shot images are just "print screens" which I opened in a windows paint program to crop and add the text.  The images were then saved in a directory on the site and linked on the associated page between the if_in_group commands.

once you make your site, adding the tutorials using the command above is actually pretty quick.

Good luck creating your how to pages.  Thanks for the feedback.
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