Elgg Social Networking
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- Create your own customized community site
- Manage users, invite friends, start groups and blogs
- Host content: photos, videos, MP3s, podcasts
- Manage your Elgg site, protect it from spam
- Written on Elgg version 0.9
Book DetailsLanguage : English
Paperback : 196 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : March 2008
ISBN : 1847192807
ISBN 13 : 9781847192806
Author(s) : Mayank Sharma
Topics and Technologies : All Books, CMS and eCommerce, Open Source
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Social Networks and Elgg
Chapter 2: A Tour around Elgg
Chapter 3: Users, Profiles, and Connections
Chapter 4: Blogging and Resources
Chapter 5: Communities and Files
Chapter 6: Customizing Elgg
Chapter 7: Elgg Plug-Ins
Appendix A: Installing Elgg
Appendix B: Elgg Case Study
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What you will learn from this book
- Get started with your Social networking site
- Customize your site's appearance to give it a unique style
- Invite friends, create groups, and start blogs
- Automate your user registration
- Host photos, videos, and MP3sâ€”enable users to comment and discuss them
- Use Elgg as a group podcasting platform
- Create, improve, and maintain a community
- Protect your network from spam
Elgg is an open-source social web application licensed under GPL version 2, and runs on the LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP) or WAMP (Windows, Apache, MySQL, PHP) platform. It offers a networking platform combining elements of blogging, e-portfolios, news feed aggregation, file sharing, and social networking. Elgg has its own plug-in architecture, and can use plug-ins to provide a calendar and a wiki. It supports a number of open standards including RSS, LDAP for authentication, FOAF, and XML-RPC for integration with most third-party blogging clients. It can be integrated with MediaWiki, Moodle, Drupal, and WebCT.
Elgg provides each user with a personal weblog, file repository (with podcasting capabilities), an online profile, and an RSS reader. Additionally, all of a user's content can be tagged with keywordsâ€”so they can connect with other users with similar interests and create their own personal learning network. However, where Elgg differs from a regular weblog or a commercial social network (such as MySpace) is the degree of control each user is given over who can access their content. Each profile item, blog post, or uploaded file can be assigned its own access restrictionsâ€”from fully public to readable only by a particular group or individual.
Using Elgg is the easiest way to create your own fully customized, hosted social network for your business, organization, or group of friends. Elgg communities can include blogs, discussion groups, media galleries, friends' lists, and much more. Because it's open source, and has many plug-ins, Elgg can be extended in unlimited ways. Elgg lets you host your own Facebook-style social network and retain complete control over how it works. This book shows you all you need to know to create safe, fun social networks.
While anybody can use Elgg to create their social network, it is especially useful in education as it has many features making it suitable for e-learning, including groups, communities, and blogs that can be used for online classes where students can communicate in a new way with each other and with students around the worldâ€”in a managed, protected environment, creating what its authors term a "personal learning landscape". This book also covers using Elgg in teaching/learning.
If you are looking to create your social networking site by tomorrow, then this book is for you. You will be equipped with a social networking site even before you are through this book. You don't have to be a hard-core programmer to do this. All you need is a computer with an internet connection and this book.
This book has a very easy-to-follow approach that will teach you how to do things with examples and lots of screenshots. As an example the book builds a community site for Linux administrators.
Who this book is for
This book is aimed at people interested in social networking and e-learning teachers.