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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 ocPortal 9 will be superseded by Composr 10.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 Video Tutorials now available

ocPortal Video Tutorials now available If you're like most people, then the process of learning new, sophisticated software can either be exciting, or depending on the quality of the documentation, a process aching with confusing references to documentation that explains nothing.
So often documentation fails to address the fact that people learn in different ways – written, oral, visual, etc.

To further meet our goal of improving your experience learning ocPortal, we're very happy to announce that we are rolling out a series of video tutorials.

Our primary goal is not simply to have a useless slide-show showing features outside of any context, which would leave you wondering "why would I ever want that?". Rather, we scripted each one as a mini-project, demonstrating features in real-world situations. These "goal-oriented" tutorials show from beginning to end how to instantly achieve useful results.

This breaks the stale classroom environment of typical CMS tutorials, providing instead friendly, one-on-one training with a member of the ocPortal team.

We're happy to announce the immediate release of the first four tutorials today:
  1. Using Comcode to embed HTML elements (example: Google maps)
  2. Using 'SU' to look through the eyes of other members (example: creating a tailored welcome screen)
  3. Creating a custom Comcode tag (example: YouTube integration)
  4. Themeing 101 (example: replacing the header)

You can find these tutorials linked from our front page, or in the usual tutorials section.

We will continue to produce more tutorials in the future – covering the basics and demonstrate in simple ways how to pull off intermediate and advanced modifications like Tempcode and theming.

If you have suggestions or requests for the topic of a future tutorial, please let us know in the comments here, or contact us.


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