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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 ocPortal 9 will be superseded by Composr 10.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 6.1 released

ocPortal 6.1 released This is version 6.1, which serves as the next ocPortal patch release, but also introduces some new features that do not impact compatibility. It is theme and database compatible with 6.0.3.

In rapid response to user feedback we have incorporated very substantial improvements to ocPortal's themeing tools. These changes move themeing a big step closer towards "point & click".

Upgrade advice

Upgrading is recommended if you are running an unpatched 6.0.3 version (or earlier), but if you are happy with your site's current stability you may want to wait a few days just in case there are any new bugs.

When upgrading you will not need to perform the "file integrity scan" option, but if you do then we suggest "Do a file integrity scan, without automatic theme upgrading". There have been default theme changes that ocPortal would try and merge, but these are purely aesthetic and not worth the possibility of you having to make some manual fixes after the automated merge process.

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.

Your upgrade to version 6.1

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)

Major themeing improvements:
  • New Firebug-like editing interface (this is a huge step forward)
    • Shows relevant selectors for page
    • Quick links to find those selectors in the page source (so you don't need to read through it)
    • Live preview
    • Display of what selectors are active on what portion of the screen, with relevancy indication
    • Display of what portions of the screen are affected by what selectors
    • See (only) the CSS sheets actually being used on the page you're on
  • Link to CSS help for all common properties
  • Quick jump links for changing website font, and fixed-width width [motivation: we keep the settings as straight-forward CSS and therefore avoid fragmenting the layout settings, but we make it super-easy to find]
  • New integrated button for opening up any theme image for editing (e.g. the logo)
  • Instructions on the theme image editor for how to download the current image, edit it, and upload the tweaked variant
  • Themeing section of Admin Zone now strongly points the user to the contextual editing tools instead of manually browsing CSS and templates
  • Ability to add blocks into a template via a wizard

Default theme improvements:
  • Subtle drop shadow around the main content area, and reworked spacings
  • Reworked menu list icons
  • Nicer zone menu item separator
  • More attractive header styling
  • Menu boxes now stand out better
  • Panel box expanders on by default, for interactivity and prettyness, but deemphasised unless you hover the mouse over the box
  • Menu edit links now faded unless you hover the menu box

Other small improvements:
  • Added a way to view email bodies in the hidden email-log feature
  • Added IE9 detection
  • New hidden option to enable the CKEditor spellchecker
  • Links can now be made to forms to pre-set awards as selected

Expand: Bug fixes Bug fixes

Other updates on ocProducts development:
  • We have been forced to discontinue the Dropbox addon, as Dropbox changes caused it to no longer function and for repair to be non-feasible
  • The ocp_reset theme has been added to the theme directory (one of our video tutorials uses this, but it was not available for version 6 until recently)
  • We have been continuing to fix all reported bugs in non-bundled ocProducts addons

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