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Topic: Why Choose FR or OR

I am wondering what the main differences between FR and OR are - that is what features one has that the other may not have or something like that. Something to give me an idea of why I might want to choose one over the other.

I've checked around both OR and FR sites but can't seem to find anything definitive.

Can anyone help?

Thanks
Susan

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Re: Why Choose FR or OR

In my very humble opinion FR is "better" smile
Features List:
1) Single database type (yes I consider that a feature)
2) Light weight - both in data and in code, although as more features become built in it becomes "heavier"
3) Flexible. FR allows you to use 3 different image libraries/toolsets for image manipulation and thumbnail creation. Images can be saved to database blobs or to folders on your server - whichever you prefer.
4) FR allows you to "audit" the agents and users if need be. Inserts, deletes and modifications can be tracked and viewed through the admin/logview.php script. Logging is highly configurable in levels logged and who can view the logs themselves.
5) The ability to make edits and changes are also available to a list of "authorized users" which you can create in the common.php file. These users are not agents, but have many permissions of the admin without giving out the admin password. Some users use this for office managers, etc. who don't need to be agents but allow the admin to track which changes they made.
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6) FR works with globals set to "off" in PHP. As PHP is currently installed with globals set to off by default and many hosts are reducing the ability to runs globals on scripts, I find this a huge benefit over OR
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There are many other "minor" features which don't come to the top of my head. Hope this helps in your decision.

Patrick
Lead developer FreeRealty
Other claims to fame: http://www.rwcinc.net
Enrolled Agent, Licensed to Represent Taxpayers before Exams, Appeals and Conference divisions of the Internal Revenue Service.

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Re: Why Choose FR or OR

One thing about OR that concerned me is that you need to set permissions to various directories to 777.

Is this necessary in FR?

Thanks
Susan

Re: Why Choose FR or OR

susan wrote:

One thing about OR that concerned me is that you need to set permissions to various directories to 777.

Is this necessary in FR?

Thanks
Susan

No. And it is not neccessary with OR either. It is my greatest "frustration" with the developers of OR. We have different methodology and even a different license smile, but in the end 777 is nearly as bad (worse really, but for biblical reference purposes...) as 666.

The reason they tell people to set 777 is that most people do not have control on their host. I recommend setting permissions to something like 664 and setting the group of the folder to be the web server. Not everyone has that capability. eg. the images folder would be owned by me with the group set to nobody or apache so that apache, or nobody if apache is run under the user nobody, can read and write to the images folder. Other wise from a safety standpoint putting images in the database starts to look "safer".

I personally have a problem telling people to "unlock" their doors because it's easier for you to get in when you come back home.

Of course if you don't have the control on your host that makes this impossible. The other option, if supported by your host, is to set the acl for the file/directory. It is not supported on my host; I haven't set it up on mine so I can only point you towards something like this site http://www.computerhope.com/unix/usetfacl.htm

Patrick
Lead developer FreeRealty
Other claims to fame: http://www.rwcinc.net
Enrolled Agent, Licensed to Represent Taxpayers before Exams, Appeals and Conference divisions of the Internal Revenue Service.

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Re: Why Choose FR or OR

Nice to see another version/port of Jon's original OpenListings app still active and in development!


pat wrote:

Nearly forgot:
6) FR works with globals set to "off" in PHP. As PHP is currently installed with globals set to off by default and many hosts are reducing the ability to runs globals on scripts, I find this a huge benefit over OR

FYI, Global Variables can be set to "off" as of the v2.0 release of Open-Realty.


!Regards!

KZD

Re: Why Choose FR or OR

Kurzon wrote:

Nice to see another version/port of Jon's original OpenListings app still active and in development!


pat wrote:

Nearly forgot:
6) FR works with globals set to "off" in PHP. As PHP is currently installed with globals set to off by default and many hosts are reducing the ability to runs globals on scripts, I find this a huge benefit over OR

FYI, Global Variables can be set to "off" as of the v2.0 release of Open-Realty.


!Regards!

KZD

Ah... hadn't noticed that in their list of features. I do keep half an eye on the support boards over there partly to see how they are developing and partly to make sure I catch bugs that affect both scripts.

Patrick
Lead developer FreeRealty
Other claims to fame: http://www.rwcinc.net
Enrolled Agent, Licensed to Represent Taxpayers before Exams, Appeals and Conference divisions of the Internal Revenue Service.

Re: Why Choose FR or OR

I just found FR and will experiment. I do not see any capability to display virtual tours in FR which, since a shoot VTours, is a minus.  Also do not see ability to search based on a listing number. If someone wants to promote a property by sending them to an FR site, is there a way to include the listing ID in an ad and have a viewer enter that number to jump directly to the listing?

Re: Why Choose FR or OR

There is the ability to add a link to a virtual tour. The option can be set on or off when setting up your common.php file during installation.
Adding the ID to the end of the url like this: http://freerealty.rwcinc.net/demo/propview.php?view=7 will allow you to jump directly to that listing. You can also use the mls number instead: http://freerealty.rwcinc.net/demo/propview.php?mls=187

Patrick
Lead developer FreeRealty
Other claims to fame: http://www.rwcinc.net
Enrolled Agent, Licensed to Represent Taxpayers before Exams, Appeals and Conference divisions of the Internal Revenue Service.

Re: Why Choose FR or OR

One word 'Simple'. FR has great code, very light weight than OR. I try to find out other open source property listing, but FR is better. I dont like OR its too heavy and very difficult to modify.