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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 ocPortal 9 will be superseded by Composr 10.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 for our new site, and to our migration roadmap. Existing ocPortal member accounts have been mirrored.

4.3.2 released

4.3.2 released Version 4.3.2 has now been released. This version is a patch release that introduces a number of bug fixes since the last release. Upgrading is not necessary.

To upgrade follow the steps in your website's http://mybaseurl/upgrader.php script. You will need to copy the URL of the attached TAR file as one of these steps ("3: Upload an upgrade TAR for extraction").

alternatively (but not recommended), you can manually upload the files inside the attached TAR file over existing files (7-zip is just one of many tools for tar files). This is not recommended because it will bypass the upgraders addon-aware extraction algorithm and potentially cause problems.

Your upgrade to version 4.3.2

You can generate an upgrader from any version of ocPortal to any other version. If you access this upgrade post via the version information box on your Admin Zone front page then we'll automatically know what version you're running.
If you'd prefer though you can enter in your version number right here:

(usually blank)

(example above is for upgrading from 4.3.2 beta1)


ocProducts cannot make any guarantees about the speed of which any new bugs might be patched, for this upgrade or any other upgrade. It is your own responsibility to make and test a full website backup (files and database) before you upgrade, for use in the unlikely event of you wanting to revert your upgrade. Some users may wish to test upgrades (and pre-fix any theme compatibility problems that could occur) on a staging site (a private mirror of their live site).
If you don't follow our advice by taking and testing a backup, and end up needing emergency repair help, ocProducts can help charged at our hourly rate.

For more details, see our upgrading tutorial.

Fixes have been made to the following issues:
  • Fixed problems with CSS image paths on SSL
  • Worked around flaw on RackSpace Cloud Sites that stopped the installer running
  • Fixed that CEDI pages were missing in the Permission Tree Editor
  • Fixed errors in the CEDI new-post notification emails
  • Fixed the ability to disable validation for CEDI
  • Fixed some major problems that had developed with Facebook HPHP support
  • Fixed problem with main_quotes block on Facebook HPHP
  • Fixed Comcode-render permissions on various notification emails
  • Upgraded side_weather block for Yahoo's new location IDs
  • Fixed rare missing parameter error in side_forum_news block, if certain parameters used
  • Added extra parameters to main_rss and side_rss blocks
  • Added date sorting to side_rss block
  • Fixed rare stack trace in XHTML validation code
  • Improved catalogue AED usability, less abstract UI
  • Fixed various problems on our inbuilt database for developers
  • Fixed upon-query hooks
  • Fixed stack trace when stock maintenance warnings are sent
  • Fixed problems on multi-site installs with regard to template overriding in the default theme
  • Fixed stack trace when uploading archives to the attachment system
  • Fixed problem with cache-safety of the Comcode 'list' tag
  • Made CPF decryption-failures non-fatal
  • Fixed cacheing problems inside the points API
  • Fixed problem if iframes are disabled w.r.t. the shoutbox
  • Made chat bots have decent usernames instead of being just a Guest
  • Allowed chat bots to respond to general messages (rather than just private messages sent to them)
  • Allowed chat bots to decide whether to make a response or not
  • Stopped errors inside previews giving links to show a stack trace
  • Fixed error when adding a zero-byte file to a TAR file
  • Speculative fix to an error message showing a problem inside the points API for an AJAX script
  • Added Google Chrome detection support
  • Fixed some type-strictness errors
  • Changes to primary-key-length restrictions, to ensure compatibility with file-system based database such as our inbuilt development database
  • Allowed MySQL 'DESCRIBE' queries to work correctly
  • Fixed proxy server support via the cURL library
  • Removed incorrect member profile links on Guest comment-topic comments
  • Fixed bug in shopping cart system, with regard to disabling stock control
  • Fixed bug in shopping cart system, with regard to hiding protected fields
  • Fixed some problems with Javascript-based Comcode tags that theoretically could fail on certain browsers if the site loads in a weird order
  • Fixed problem whereby on galleries in flow mode it would say 'edit image' for a video (now just says 'edit')
  • Allowed cancelling of eCommerce orders that were not taken up, and making them sink to the bottom
  • Fixed problem with results-browser template producing (unseen) errors
  • Fixed the instant messengers intelligent chat message box growth on Google Chrome
  • Made the point count on the OCF member bar a link to the logged-in member's points profile
  • Removed 'network down' Javascript AJAX error, due to problems of reporting on some browsers in some circumstances
  • Fixed the mouse monitoring API on IE
  • Fixed the Comcode 'section_controller' tag so that the controller may go before the content, if desired
  • Fixed problem submitting uploaded files on IE if URLs are supported also
  • Added missing description for the products catalogue
  • Fixed problem with SpellChecker since 4.3.1
  • Added warning to stop people accidentally locking themselves out of the Admin Zone by making their usergroup not a super-administrator
  • Fixed error when hovering over the Zones icon
  • Renamed the Zone Editor icon, to remove confusion
  • Fixed the 'switch zone' warning, which was producing a Javascript error
  • Reference the 'development tools' in the footer, in the Style section of the Admin Zone
  • Added dismissible warning if the Setup Wizard is never run
  • Clarified the tooltip for the Style section of the Admin Zone
  • Fixed some mis-labelled submission permissions
  • Allowed the banners module to be used on shared installs (was only disabled for the TAC's of our long-defunct hosting service)
  • Removed incorrect message about Elief hosting from the recommended.htaccess file

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