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Fan in training

Hello there;

I'm just browsing around, looking for the best solution for my community site. I'd like to know a bit more about OcPortal (hehe, OCP :P - reminds me about Robocop movie series :D What does it stand for, anyway? :D )

My first question is: I don't know anything about your history. OcPortal just appeared suddenly, I didn't find any info on it until now. It seems so great! I'd like to know how long you've been working on it. Developing such an engine really looks like a lot of time spent!

My second question is: can I define custom fields anywhere in the OcPortal system? Like adding some additional fields in user profiles that can be interpreted differently (text line, text field, additional image, etc.). If yes, then I'm all with you! :D

Then, a functionality missing on this very site: I didn't find a search on your site. Does it make any performance problem or you just forgot about it? :)

And a little hint: after registering, a message displays that's not formatted right, showing not formatted html code (that in addition point to invalid link). Just for your information.

Regards! I'm very optimistic an eager to try out your engine!
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Hi Kernos :),

I'm a Robocop fan too, and that is a little bit of an in-joke, but it does stand for something: Online Content/Community/Corporate/Collaboration/Commerce Products :).

We've been around since 2004, but we recently became completely free (before that it cost a bit of money to remove our logo from sites). We're still not that well known, but we're working on that!

My second question is: can I define custom fields anywhere in the OcPortal system? Like adding some additional fields in user profiles that can be interpreted differently (text line, text field, additional image, etc.). If yes, then I'm all with you!

Essentially, yes. For members we have custom profile fields which will do exactly what you want. For data you can do this too if the data is entered via a 'catalogue'. You can set up whatever catalogues you like, each with it's own set of fields.

Then, a functionality missing on this very site: I didn't find a search on your site. Does it make any performance problem or you just forgot about it?

We do have search, but we decided to just limit it to documentation. If you're eagle-eyed you'll see if you browse the documentation that a 'Search provider' is given to the web browser so you can run searches from the browser. There's also a little search box on the documentation index.

And a little hint: after registering, a message displays that's not formatted right, showing not formatted html code (that in addition point to invalid link). Just for your information.

Thanks, we'll look into this.


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Community saint

I use the community definition of the c for my theme site which is mainly for OCPortal but it also covers other forums that are supported by ocportal.

Oh and welcome to ocportal the best cms on the web.  :thumbs:

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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Fan in training

Hi again. :)

I just wonder if you can help me answer some of my further questions. I've read a lot about ocPortal system in your tutorial section, and I have an additional question about types of data that can be published in OCP.

Basically, I want to set up a website that will have three sections:

1. The Community section, with it's homepage, containing links to blogs section (with links to user blogs which they can create), fan art sections (galleries), fan fiction section (fan stories, located in their own catalogues that they can create).
2. Articles section - general knowledge base of the site, editable only by staff, plus the weblogs that can be edited only by staff
3. Media section - downloads, movies, Site official gallery, etc.

As afr as I understood, there's an overall system of galleries and news, that can be fetched by filtering. So in theory I could be displaying latest user blogs in Community section and latest Staff blogs in Articles section.

Yet I have a problem imagining what type of publishing way could be used for personal stories (fan fiction). It would have to be defined differently that blogs/news, each story would consist of chapters (placed in one, user-made catalogue), the tree of which would be displayed on the menubar automatically. On another menubar, information of an author would be displayed (his avatar, short description, etc).

Can this be done? What type of content publishing should I use? Catalogues?

Also, I really like the feature of Personal Zone. Good one! Can I configure it in a way that it shows all the content user has submitted? (latest blog posts, latest stories, latest pictures)

Thanks for answering in advance :)


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Hi,

Yes, you're correct about using blocks doing filtering.

Yet I have a problem imagining what type of publishing way could be used for personal stories (fan fiction). It would have to be defined differently that blogs/news, each story would consist of chapters (placed in one, user-made catalogue), the tree of which would be displayed on the menubar automatically. On another menubar, information of an author would be displayed (his avatar, short description, etc).

Well, I think catalogues would work. You'd want to change the templates so that it doesn't have such a raw field-based display (either add a new template set for a story catalogue, or use Tempcode to make the default set render differently - your choice) and so that it displays member information. There's some work there changing the templates, as it is quite a change - but it's all possible without PHP changes.

Can I configure it in a way that it shows all the content user has submitted? (latest blog posts, latest stories, latest pictures)

Blog posts, the member's profile screen should do this automatically in 4.1. In 4.2 we're commenting this out because there's a new blog home page for members - but it can be uncommented in a template.

Personal galleries, yes the member's profile screen should do this automatically.

NB: Members profile screen is different to their home screen in their Personal Zone, but I think this is what you mean.

It is possible to embed anything, but it's trickier. It is possible to use the 'main_include_module' block, along with some heavy template editing, to embed search results and give the illusion of it all being naturally part of the profile screen. I won't pretend this is easy to do, but it is possible.


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  • If so, please let others know about ocPortal whenever you see the opportunity.
  • If my reply is too Vulcan or expressed too much in business-strategy terms, and not particularly personal, I apologise. As a company & project maintainer, time is very limited to me, so usually when I write a reply I try and make it generic advice to all readers. I'm also naturally a joined-up thinker, so I always express my thoughts in combined business and technical terms. I recognise not everyone likes that, don't let my Vulcan-thinking stop you enjoying ocPortal on fun personal projects.
  • If my response can inspire a community tutorial, that's a great way of giving back to the project as a user.
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Fan in training

Thanks :) Well, it's good that's possible :)

I've read patch notes for Beta 4.2 release, and I think that Member blog homepage is a very good solution.

So far the only feature that I miss is private message system, so popular among all types of forums. With inbox, outbox, archives, etc. The whisper system and private topics fill this role, but it doesn't feel that centralized and ordered. Call it a habit… :)

OK, so my next step is try it all out :) I hope I won't have to ask any further questions :)
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Community saint

OCportal has A Private Message system how ever its called Private/ personal topics which is by far better then a private message system.

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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Kernos how did it go?

Are you using OCP?  If so, is your site up and available for us to look at?  I'm always curious to see the creative ways in which OCP is used and for that matter how well OCP bends itself to the will of the creator.

If not, what did you decide on if anything? If you did go with another solution, can we see your site? and can you provide a little synopsis of why you choose the other product?

Hope to hear from you.

peace.
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