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A suggestion.

Can an 'easy' and obvious link be placed in the ocP navbar so that first-time visitors (and seasoned users for that matter) can actually browse a variety of themes made available by the users of this forum, all on display in one section?

My idea being that, prospective users, whether they eventually use this magnificient software or not, cannot claim that 'alternative' themes are not available. Links to full-scale displays of a mocked-up site with Lorem Ipsum text and a few screen shots of other page variations can show how the various elements/segments of ocPortal can be displayed, limited only by the user's imagination.

In an intro to the section they can be told that they may wish to go with the default theme whilst setting up their site(s), and then advised how they can import a theme as an add-on.



Do you think there might be value in going this route?

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Good point Fletch  :thumbs:


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Harry-S said

Good point Fletch  :thumbs:
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Even a more prominent link in the Admin panel menu or at the top of the themes manager page would be a great help. As it is now the 'Import theme' link is buried in text at the bottom of the themes manager page.

When evaluating a CMS, the three things I look for first are bug reports, addons, themes. I want to know how responsive the developers are (which you guys are top notch, thanks!  :thumbs:), what I need to add to the CMS to make it functional for my needs, and what themes I have at my disposal to get me started.

Finding all three took some extra clicking. Once I found the themes on this site I had to figure out how to get into my install. Importing themes and addons is not very clear when your in the admin panel.

So, yeah, a link at the navbar would be a great help and maybe a small instruction on the themes page on how to access it from the admin panel.

Steve
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sholzy said

When evaluating a CMS, the three things I look for first are bug reports, addons, themes.
If nothing else, over the years I've gleaned from my association with ocPortal and its band of committed users (the ones who continue using it despite early setbacks), that they, the users, are pretty damn selective about how they make their choice.

For my part I fall into the 'less-than-knowledgeable'  category of CMS user who is looking for something robust (having to accept the word of other reviewers), and what is available to 'pretty-up' my build. I don't for a minute think that the standard 'default' theme and template is going to be the one I use, working on the principle that I want my setup to be just that little bit different, even unique! 'Unique' is not easy, but with a little bit of work it can 'disguise' the base product.

Many of our forum members have achieved this, some with an astonishing degree of flair, but I won't name any because I am bound to omit somebody and that will almost certainly cause offence.

When I see a variety of 'theme' examples, whether free or paid-for, my appetite is whetted. I can see immediately that there is scope to adapt, so for me that is a big selling point. It is only later, much later, that I begin to understand the power under the hood, and that is a bonus for an 'average' user.

Hence my suggestion that we should perhaps have a showcase of user-built themes on offer, displayed as a link to a full page display, with screenshots of the various 'zones', so that the drive-by visitors may pause and perhaps give the software a spin. Some will continue; some will fall by the wayside. But, if we catch a few, they may well spread the word that there is a "pretty good CMS" that their friends and acquaintances ought to try.

Just a little bit of amplification!

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