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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 ocPortal 9 will be superseded by Composr 10.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.

ocPortal 5.1 beta1 released!

ocPortal 5.1 beta1 released! Version 5.1 beta1 has now been released. This is a feature release and a bug fix release that improves administrative workflows in a number of areas. Upgrading is not recommended for live sites due to major Javascript rearchitecting for the new template editor, and rearchitecting of SuExec detection, and complex Tempcode engine bug fixes.

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 (created via the form below) during step 3.
Please make sure you take a backup before uploading your new files!

Your upgrade to version 5.1 beta1

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)

The following changes have been made:
  • Switched WYSIWYG editor to CKEditor: better editor, with added support for IE9, Safari, Google Chrome and Opera
  • New breadcrumbs editor (for advanced users, uses a new XML syntax)
  • Added XML editing interface for the advanced fields editing (fields.xml) feature
  • The quick installer no longer needs to run via FTP on SuExec servers (i.e. install just got even easier for people on good servers)
  • Added new optional method of using the Theme Wizard where no CSS is overridden (works via a new kind of CSS Tempcode include); adds complexity, eases theme upgrades
  • Added support for attachment drag and drop for Google Chrome users
  • Added theme preview support to the Setup Wizard
  • Added theme copying support
  • Added a tooltip showing the parameters used by a template on the show-template-edit-links mode
  • Added new theme image development tool, for easy finding of what theme images to edit
  • Added new programmers development tool for clickable links to edit any referenced file in their IDE
  • Promoted the show-template-edit-links mode as a key themeing tool
  • IE9 will now render using it's latest rendering engine (although the code editor does not work and has to be disabled and there is currently no suitable replacement or easy fix - hopefully IE9-final will have bug fixes)
  • Added better previews for CEDI posts and news posts
  • When using the template-editor and CSS editor "Save and stay" feature, it now gives a JS alert when done instead of opening a new tab/window
  • The CSS editor now shows the default theme's version of the CSS in a collapsed box
  • The template editor now collapses some of it's information by default
  • Removed message about WCAG when editing templates - people can read about it in their own time and don't need badgering
  • Changed the Admin Zone tips a bit to promote use of recent tooling improvements
  • On all choose-what-to-edit screens you can now just click list items to proceed (previously was just those that opened underneath the list)
  • Fixed nasty performance bug if a catalogue had a lot of image fields (thumbnails regenerated on each request)
  • Fixed problems importing from Wordpress if not using OCF
  • The zone editor now makes it more clear that panels may be edited in the full Comcode page editor, so attachments can be added etc
  • Added error tolerance for corrupt fields.xml files
  • Fixed bug that causes 0.5% of Admin Zone page loads to give a memory error from the menu system
  • Fixed importing phpBB authors
  • Fixed moving between edit tabs on the template editor, on some browsers
  • Fixed display problem for the code editor in the template editor when moving between tabs
  • Fixed bug in data sort on some PHP versions in rare circumstances
  • Added explanation as to what OcCLE is when it is clicked
  • Added explanation as to what real-time-rain is when it is clicked
  • Fixed phpBB3 problem with admin detection
  • Fixed missing commas in member details OCF tooltip
  • Fixed possible error email triggered by spiderers marking forums read that they have no access to
  • Fixed Twitter integration to syndicate a summary from the news article if the news summary is blank (stops nasty errors from the new Twitter integration addon)
  • Explained in configuration that there's an ocProducts twitter integration addon to fix the broken (due to a Twitter API change) standard twitter functionality
  • Added better error messages if a problem happens extracting a zip file
  • Fixed that Google Chrome does not highlight the acronym tag with any default styles
  • Fixed possible Admin Zone front page bug if a referenced forum is deleted/misnamed/misreferenced
  • Made error messages about missing files say the exact file paths
  • Added emails when flagrant text items are purchased from the point-store
  • Fixed a bug whereby the first flagrant item for choosing did not show as an active task on the Admin Zone front page
  • Fixed outgoing emails to use the site language rather than the user's language
  • Fixed problems with using certain Comcode tags in repeated Tempcode portions, like user signatures
  • Fixed bug moving posts between topics that could lead to stack traces
  • Workaround Google Chrome bug where the loading animation between pages did not show
  • Fixed small bug in the PARAM_INFO directive that shows the parameters used by a template
  • Fixed error if ticket subforums are enabled
  • Fixed that the 'dark' theme wizard option was not marked as unsupported (not it is)
  • Fixed usability issues editing theme logos when editing zones
  • Fixed bug with reusing an attachment position when dragging and dropping attachments

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