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A lot has been said in these forums (or should it be fora?) about the lack of themes for ocPortal. I cannot pretend that it is otherwise, but I can postulate that the 'default' theme is probably the best place to start when deciding that you wish to use the feature-rich CMS that ocPortal undoubtedly is. What's more, recent versions give the choice during installation of choosing a 'fixed-width' or 'flexible' display!

Regrettably, eye-candy trumps functionality in this ever-evolving electronic world, and the persons hunting for a CMS to showcase their latest, greatest works of art are quite likely to give this fabulous CMS a miss because they haven't quite seen past the superficial skin. And they will never know what they missed when they rejected it because it wasn't 'pretty' enough for them.

Starting out with the default theme means that all of ocPortal's functionality is present from the 'get-go', and that the 'Admin' and 'Content Management' zones, the heart and lungs of the engine, will always work for you no matter what else you manage to screw up!

When ocPortal has been set up and is working flawlessly for you, that is the time to start 'prettying-it-up' to welcome your hordes of visitors (you wish)!

And that is the time to check out these links, BEFORE you start tweaking:

If that isn't enough, visit Jean's Site where you get an insight into how his mind works, and further links to some of the excellent themes he has already designed. Go on, you know you want to!

Let's cut to the chase. When I first started with ocPortal, none of the references above existed. That didn't matter because I was 'taken' with the default theme and used it 'as-is' for a couple of years - having made the biggest mistake any new user of ocPortal can make.

I USED AND EDITED THE DEFAULT THEME AS THE ONLY THEME FOR MY SITE.

Sure, we can all attest to the functionality of ocPortal, but it is a truism that there are more 'casual' users than there are discerning webmasters. And we need to appeal to the former as much as we know we appeal to the enlightened latter.

An angry penguin left a rude remark about my site in one of the forums! It was a wake-up call, not just for me, but the ocPortal staff as well. Time for me to give back a little in exchange for the pleasure I've had using this CMS, so, I've taken a completely fresh installation (version 7.0) and hacked at the theme display.

The attachment is a scaled down image to limit the upload size, and you will necessarily need to visit the test site to view the site in all its glory on your own screens. The URL and login details will come at the end.



The fundamental idea was to put up the skeleton of an alternative 'add-on' theme that a casual user might find appealing, but that it should encompass ALL the functionality of an ocPortal installation. They can strip away stuff they don't want, or may never use, but at the very least the theme should support whatever they decide to retain.

If the response I get from you more knowledgeable users of the CMS borders on the affirmative, then the foundation laid by this theme can be expanded into offerings of 2-column, 3-column, fixed-width, flexi, boxy, non-boxy, light, dark, any colour variation/combination, or whatever else is suggested.

Let's have your feedback, even if it is penguin-ish!

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Edit: Jean took me to task for omitting one of the more important tutes on this site. So, let me rectify that omission immediately:

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Well done and well written Fletch! Love the theme as well. When I get my "Introduction to ocPortal - View from the end user" document done, I'm going to be sure to reference this post!

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Nicely done, Fletch.

As a new ocPortal user, I would have liked that more themes exist even if only for inspiration and quick deployment. I have settled on the standard them, for now, and plan on focusing on getting my site live with a fairly bare-bones set of features as I firmly believe "content is king". This will give me the opportunity to add features as the community grows. And, I will also do a new theme at some point.

But, here's to hoping that more theme choices become available because I think that many potential users strike ocPortal off the list for this one issue alone (in spite of the Theme Wizard).

Bob
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Thank you Fletch for a Stunning Theme, and I’m not just referring to the girl’s charm on its Front Page.

You've got a way with words and a whole lot of other things to make this presentation one-of-a-kind. It will certainly serve splendidly as the foundation for the evolutionary theme layers you’ve suggested.

Long live this “Theme” and its offspring!

Thanks for the kind Kudos, and if I may suggest one more very detailed themeing source to be added to your list:

ocPortal Tutorial: Designer themes, implementing a clean-room design
Written by Chris Graham, ocProducts

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Jean said

… if I may suggest one more very detailed themeing source to be added to your list …
Don't know how I could have omitted it, but I've now added it to the original article.

My bad!

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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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