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Top five Elgg plugins for 2012

Posted on: June 13th, 2012 by Sarath C 4 Comments

Besides being a powerful, easy to use, flexible and beautiful platform by itself, Elgg is also loved because of it’s high level of customization and optimization. Plugins are the best way to optimize and enrich your Elgg installation. And it’s not limited to performance only. The plugins for Elgg offers range from photo galleries, videos, user engagement, advanced backup, full theme modification to social sharing and search engine optimization. This article focuses on the most essential and useful Elgg plugins every elgg site will find useful.

Profile Manager for Elgg

Profile manager for Elgg

Provides better use of profile fields, replaces (replace profile fields) and configurable group fields. The features are

  • ordering of custom fields (drag and drop)
  • add profile types
  • add categories (draggable reordering, drop fields on categories to add)
  • adds pulldown, radio, file, multiselect, calendar and datepicker field types
  • show on register form (profile fields only)
  • show output as tags
  • mandatory fields (for register form, profile fields only)
  • mandatory profile icon on register form
  • disallow editing of a specific field (applies to edit profile only)
  • replace profile fields access control with just one profile access option
  • backup / restore profile fields configuration
  • export user profile (meta)data to csv

Tidypics Photo Gallery Plugin

Tidypics photogallery for Elgg

This is a must for every Elgg site. Its a Full-featured Photo Gallery plugin. The features include

  • Albums
  • Comments
  • Tagging
  • Slideshow
  • Watermarking
  • Upload multiple images at once (web form or flash uploader)
  • Album sorting
  • RSS feeds
  • Notifications
  • Activity (river) integration
  • Views counter
  • Group albums

Event calendar

Elgg event calendar

The event_calendar plugin adds a site-wide event calendar as well as an event calendar to each group. Various options related to the site and group calendars can be set using the event calender settings on the tool administration page.

Group members can view events by month, week and day using a jQuery date picker widget, and submit event descriptions including the venue, start date, end date, tags, description, organiser, contact person, event access level, and fees if any.  Group events are aggregrated into the site wide event calendar accessible from the Tools menu drop down.

Site admins (or optionally any user) can also add non-group-specific events to the site-wide calendar. Users can add group or site-wide events to a personal calendar to showcase events that they plan to attend or are interested in. They can optionally display these events by dragging an Event calendar widget onto their profile or dashboard. The number of users who have added an event to their personal gallery is listed on each event page along with a link to a page that displays these users in a gallery format. It is thus easy to find other people interested in the same event.

Frei-chat plugin for Elgg 1.8.X

Chat plugin for Elgg

Provides a chat/instant messaging feature for Elgg based on on the Freichat library. Provides one to one chat, chat rooms, file sharing, chat history, translations, smileys etc..

Friend request

Elgg friend request

This plugin will let a member confirm your request to become a friend. If a user already has you as a friend, then no request will be sent but the connection will be made immediately. If a users has sent you a friend request and you also send a request, the friend connection will be made immediately.


Do you know and use any other plugins besides the ones we suggested here? We would really appreciate your feedback here, but we are pretty sure this list will be very comprehensive for you and will satisfy most peoples needs!

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4 Responses

  1. Vinu says:

    Try the one’s like hypeGallery and anything made by Ismayil Kharyedinov. Really awesome one.

  2. Webgalli says:

    Ismayil’s (hype) plugin are always awesome ones. many of them like elgg_token input, hype wall etc are great works. But this post is an old one (in 2012) and at that time many of his plugins were released as paid ones with club membership.

  3. my own site says:

    it’s best
    thank u ..
    sir i want to knwo that can i use elgg theme for my own socila site and can i erase name of elgg or elgg footer

  4. Webgalli says:

    Yes, you are free to do so.