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Moving forward with Composr

ocPortal has been relaunched as Composr CMS. ocPortal 9 is superseded by Composr 10.

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

Beta-countdown: May 9th

Beta-countdown: May 9th As a director, manager, entrepeneur, lead programmer, web developer, and person with some kind of life, I have to have a very good organisational strategy or I'd be in serious trouble.

Over the last few years I've found myself having to access the web and get work done from many different computers, and it's always awkward that I don't have my bookmarks and notes with me, because:
  • I can't read them
  • I can't write them
I find this kind of situation is actually a little stressful, although I usually do manage by sending myself e-mails or scribbling notes on paper. Perhaps I should get myself some kind of PDA, but I know I would drop it, or lose it, or forget it, or just generally find it fiddly and annoying ;).

One of the greatest ways ocPortal is used is as a platform for organising and collaborating, and hence ocPortal is a kind of information hub. Since around September, I've been using the ocPortal calendar on a personal installation to organise all the medium-to-long-term scheduled events in my life, and it has been an incredible success - I have far less to think and stress about because it's taken out of my hands. My website simply e-mails me in advance when I need to get something done and I can easily integrate it into my short-term schedule.
I can also use things like the 'file dump' to store my personal files so that I can access them elsewhere.

This blog entry isn't really about fantastic new features we're adding to ocPortal, but rather to reflect upon an alternative way the software can be used to actually make a busy life easier to manage. However, true to our word, we still do have a fairly major new feature to announce: bookmark support (well done for guessing that Pete ;)).

Any logged-in member of an ocPortal site may make bookmarks to URLs of that site within the site itself. This is a really handy if there is anything you need to look at later; perhaps as a reminder to check something, or perhaps to store something for reference.
For example:
  • if I checked my e-mail when I was away from my main computer, and found there were new posts on, I could bookmark the topics I did not have time to fully handle, and then just remember to check my bookmarks when I got home.
  • on my personal ocPortal website, I could have pages that include important information I need when away from my desk, and I could organise these via my bookmarks.
  • if there is a topic that I personally need to visit a lot, such as a group todo list, then I could bookmark that, rather than searching for it each time.

Tomorrow, learn how we made a certain part of ocPortal far less seedy.

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