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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 ocPortal 9 is superseded by Composr 10.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.

Some notes about the v10 release

Some notes about the v10 release Hi all,

v10 is essentially ready for beta at this point. This includes:
  • The main release
  • Our new website (desktop, tablet, smartphone)
  • The new documentation
  • All our updated processes and documents
  • Tested upgrading from v8 and v9
  • Tested quick installer
  • Addons and addon directory

All that remains is a couple of new tutorial images, writing up some final announcements, updating Transifex with the latest language strings, and publishing it all. i.e. minor details.

The main purpose of this blog post is to mention a couple of things that have not made the cut for the initial v10 release. Those are:
  1. Composr Mobile SDK
  2. Our new theme upgrading system ("Convertr")

I doubt many will be bothered about CMS SDK, as it is a developer's tool for higher budget highly-custom projects. It's taking longer than expected, and I don't see any reason it should delay our relaunch. It will be awesome and absolutely key to our future, but it's niche and high-end.

The theme upgrade system is something I said would be done, but it's a complex task and to be perfectly honest, more has happened to themeing during the 3.5 year v10 development than was originally planned (good things), so it wouldn't be particularly great for v9–>v10 upgraders anyway. I do understand that some people may be disappointed to hear we don't have any automatic theme upgrade path for v9 themes, and that it does contradict what I had earlier said.

That said, it's not like v9 themes will need to be thrown out. We haven't rocked compatibility nearly as much as we did between v8 and v9. It's just they'll need to be reconstructed change-by-change. With some skill and use of a diff tool that shouldn't take more than a few hours unless many dozens of files are changed in a theme.

In the grander scheme of things, the above caveats are trivialities when compared to the mountain of awesome we're putting out :).

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