Partner Sites and De-Branding in ocPortal

debrandingAlthough there haven’t been any new patches recently, I wanted to add a few mini tutorials for ocPortal elements which aren’t really large enough to have their own full tutorial dedicated to them. In this Round up are the ocPortal partner sites feature options & Rebranding your site software.

ocPortal Partner sites

The ocPortal Partner sites functionality is used to configure the list of partner links exported by this website and used by ocPortal side_network block. This feature of ocPortal is designed to make it easy for you to centrally manage one set of partner links, and display them on all of your partner sites.

I do need to add that this should not under any circumstances be used to create a link network as this can have dire consequences in terms of Google rankings. This is primarily to display links to your associated sites. It could be used for example be used to display a list of Micro sites related to your main site and allow you to update the links quickly instead of updating multiple sites at once.

The set of links will be used by any ocPortal site that has been configured (via the “Network membership URL” option) to draw their links from:

To add new links, simply place them on a new line, with an equals symbol between the link caption and the link URL. For example:

  • Example site 1=
  • Example site 2=

If you are not using the side_network block and nobody is linking to your netlink.php file, then just ignore these settings.

Rebranding your site software

Should you wish to remove almost every reference to ocPortal, you can do this through the de-branding options in the style section of the adminzone. It is primarily designed if you need to give third party limited access to the adminzone and want to direct them to your website with queries rather than

The first three options relate to the name of the product, name of the company and the URL where you wish to direct users. The next option is a space to write an admin guide which will appear for these users. The next option allows you to completely customise what appears on the adminzone homepage including links, blocks and the to-do list which normally appears.

In this section you can edit the keyboard shortcuts associated with your site and add new Favicons for your site

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