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Moving forward with Composr

ocPortal has been relaunched as Composr CMS, which is now in beta. ocPortal 9 will be superseded by Composr 10.

Head over to compo.sr for our new site, and to our migration roadmap. Existing ocPortal member accounts have been mirrored.


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Forthcoming new website

Posted 06 April 2015, 10:00 PM
New version, new brand – so, new website. Here's a sneak-peek of our new Composr CMS home page:

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composr responsive designs?

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Just found ocp and have been reading a lot of good things. Then I happened on the news of imminent release of Composr. Congrats. OK, so here is the question - I see no mention that Composr will support responsive site design. Everything our little company is asked to do now is responsive for large to small devices. I read that when the new site arrives that no decision has been made about the mobile version, which seems to say, no we don't have a responsive website approach. Would this be a correct assumption? I hope I am wrong. All the best with the Composr launch. And, oh - how about getting themeforest.net to come up with at least one visually pleasing template? Cheers….
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ocPortal supports responsive design if you make a theme that uses media queries. It's really nothing to do with the CMS, it's to do with your CSS. If you don't like mobile mode you can turn it off, then code whatever media rules you want.

It is a decision that should be made with an engineering mindset, not a marketing mindset. Using responsive design leads to much higher bandwidth requirements over cellular connections and means you need to have the exact same page and site structure for every device – whether that is or is not appropriate really depends on the nature of the website.

Two corrections:
  1. We haven't said Composr v10 is imminent, we've just announced the details of it so that people are kept up to speed as it's been taking a long time. I've said I really don't want people putting off their sites until it comes out.
  2. We haven't intended to say we might not do a mobile version, we've said we may not launch with the mobile version (i.e. it may be a bit delayed). This has nothing to do with the product though, only our own website.

In the past I've tried to get theme sites to do some themes, but they never got back to me. Maybe you can try and persuade them.


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Hlo Friends….

ocPortal supports responsive design if you make a theme that uses media queries. It's really nothing to do with the CMS, it's to do with your CSS. If you don't like mobile mode you can turn it off, then code whatever media rules you want.

It is a decision that should be made with an engineering mindset, not a marketing mindset. Using responsive design leads to much higher bandwidth requirements over cellular connections and means you need to have the exact same page and site structure for every device - whether that is or is not appropriate really depends on the nature of the website. ;)

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Not sure if it's important. "Originally released as Composr in 2004"… shouldn't that be ocPortal?

But other than that, this looks like a very sleek new site ^^. Good work
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Thanks, and for noting the error. The dangers of doing a massive search & replace ;).


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Are we there yet? :P
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When we are we'll make it known ;).

I'm afraid through these announcements little core development progress was made. It's hard to get traction with so many projects are going on in the background. We are now actively pushing back new projects until after v10 though, so before too long the situation will be different.

Ongoing work is being done on tutorial improvement and part of what is in the next announcement.


Last edit: by Chris Graham


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I expect this to have all of the useful feature of OcPortal and many new features as well. I hope these new tutorials actually help as the previous ones did not help much.
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Yes, I think Chris has mentioned before that he writes the tutorials from a developer perspective, which is understandable for obvious reasons. Though perhaps not so understandable to people who haven't got developer brains (like me). I think the current tutorials are helpful in highlighting possibilites, but without detailed explainations and useful example code there is still a void of understanding that is hard to fathom. I know the current version of ocPortal has massive potential I haven't really taken advantage of because I simply don't know enough to believe I am changing the right things in the right places. So I too hope Composr Tutorials are at least a bit more in-depth. Let's also hope more people who do know how to do useful things are willing to share them.


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