Tutorials – Learning Composr

Optimising Performance
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Composr is very heavily optimised for high performance out-of-the-box, but here are some advanced performance tips.
1st August 2008
Core Doc; Difficulty: Expert

Backing up your Composr Installation

A task which you should not overlook is backing up your Composr website. Should anything happen to your website without a backup, it can result in a loss of a huge amount of data.
by Steve
1st September 2014
Auxillary Doc; Difficulty: Novice

Manually editing your database with phpMyAdmin

A primer on databases, and how SQL is used to connect to them - as well as practical advice on using phpMyAdmin.
by Chris
1st August 2008
Core Doc; Difficulty: Regular

Backing up your site

How to backup your website (be it using our backup module, or otherwise), and why it is so important to do it.
by Steven
Tags: Maintenance
1st August 2008
Core Doc; Difficulty: Novice

Disaster recovery

Some 'life saving' solutions to disastrous scenarios that can happen on an unstable web server configuration.
by Chris
Tags: Maintenance
1st August 2008
Core Doc; Difficulty: Novice

Uninstalling Composr from a server

We don't want you to uninstall Composr, but we provide a script for you to do it with. We're that nice.
by Chris
Tags: Maintenance
1st August 2008
Core Doc; Difficulty: Novice

How to Conduct an Upgrade in Composr

A regular task you will need to do is upgrading your Composr website to the latest version of the software. This tutorial explains the basic process.
by Steve
1st May 2013
Auxillary Doc; Difficulty: Novice

Staging Servers

Some advice about using a staging server.
by Chris
Tags: Maintenance
1st May 2017
Auxillary Doc; Difficulty: Expert

Using diff tools to upgrade an ocPortal theme

How to use a diff tool to find changes made in a theme, or upgrade the files in a theme.
by Chris
2nd January 2015
Auxillary Doc; Difficulty: Regular

Performing an upgrade

Important background information that will help you keep your website up-to-date with the latest Composr.
by Chris
1st August 2008
Core Doc; Difficulty: Novice

Cloning your site

How to clone your website to create a testing copy.
by temp1024
Tags: Maintenance
1st May 2015
Auxillary Doc; Difficulty: Expert

Theme Lifecycle

How the files in a theme are managed, from initial theme creation, through upgrades.
by Chris
1st November 2014
Core Doc; Difficulty: Regular

Professional upgrading

A professional process for updating a customer website.
by Chris
1st April 2017
Auxillary Doc; Difficulty: Expert

Moving sites

How to move a site from one server to another.
by Chris
Tags: Maintenance
1st August 2008
Core Doc; Difficulty: Novice

Cleanup tools

Been editing files manually, and need to force Composr to "empty its caches"? We show you how.
by Chris
Tags: Maintenance
1st August 2008
Core Doc; Difficulty: Regular

How to Close or Open Your Composr Website

You'll want to use the closed site feature if your site is new and you want to keep it temporarily closed, or you want to close your site while performing maintenance. This tutorial explains how it works.
by Steve
Tags: Maintenance
1st April 2013
Auxillary Doc; Difficulty: Novice

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