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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 ocPortal 9 will be superseded by Composr 10.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.

Tutorials refresh

Tutorials refresh

As a part of our total refresh for transitioning from ocPortal to Composr, we're doing a big update to our documentation.

We currently have documentation split across quite a few places:
  • Official tutorials
  • Community documentation
  • Tutorials on the Arvixe blog (Arvixe sponsored tutorials, which we're really grateful to our partner Arvixe for)
  • Guidance I occasionally post on my blog
  • Youtube tutorials
  • Some videos scattered around, e.g. the one on our front page

All these resources will be brought together, along with relevant book recommendations, into a new tagging structure. We've made a big effort to make it easy to browse by tag, rate tutorials, and link in your own. It'll all be pretty too.

With the new improved navigation structure, we aim to provide a one-stop destination to visitors with all levels of knowledge. Tutorials will be labelled by difficulty.

The community documentation in particular is being tidied up and turned into standard tutorials (credit will be preserved of course).

All the tutorials will be reviewed for quality, and we've been making new schematics to include in them. A number of new high-quality tutorials are also being written, such as our tutorial on using Google Analytics for split-testing.

Some time ago the community was discussing the idea of having an official book produced. We'd still be happy if this happened, but the above is the most pragmatic core approach as it is truly decentralised and inclusive. With the new flexible structure we can keep putting out new tutorials, and accept external contributions, without worry about cross-over or trying to force everyone to read things in a particular over-assuming sequence. Dozens of new tutorials have been done on the Arvixe blog already, so we're well along the path to radically enhancing the volume of ocPortal/Composr documentation out there.

Here's a sneak peak into the new documentation navigation (photoshopped a bit to make it fit reasonably):

This was the third of five weekly news posts discussing the future of ocPortal. The next post will talk about our forthcoming new website.

Composr CMS has been in development ever since ocPortal v9 has come out. We've been somewhat secretive of the overall re-launch because we knew it would take a lot of time and didn't want to get ahead of ourselves. We aren't giving a release date yet because product releases aren't a source of income, so the investment is sustained through our private client work, and done between projects. Never-the-less, it is a huge priority for us so we are getting this information out now, and pushing forward for a release ASAP.

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