Elgg Blog: Introducing the Elgg Showcase

Today we're announcing the release of the Elgg Showcase, a new section of the community dedicated to showing off the best sites powered by Elgg.

For the longest time the place to share the Elgg sites you're working on has been in the Sites Powered by Elgg doc on docs.elgg.org. This was straightforward, but we felt it was not as compelling an experience as it could be, so we've written a plugin for the community site dedicated to showing off sites powered by Elgg.

Right now the page is extremely simple: just a static list of sites that I chose based on the existing list on the wiki linked above. However, it also features screenshots of the homepages of those sites, so you can get an at-a-glance feel for what that site has to offer. We think this important visual aspect will make the showcase that much more compelling than the previous solution.

If there's enough interest, we can put some more effort into letting you upload your own screenshots through the community site. Eventually we envision a ranking system so that the best sites can rise to the top, and profile integration so that people can see sites you or your team have worked on specifically. But all that depends on the interest level, so please let us know what you think!

If you'd like your site to be added to the showcase, please let us know by sending an email to info@elgg.org with your site's URL.

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  • By Cim

    I'd like to showcase my elgg site based off of the new myspace layout. The layout has been coded by hand by me without copying any code from the original.

    http://demyx.com

  • By Evan Winslow

    @cim It looks very clean. What's it about? We need a purpose/mission/blurb.

  • By Cim

    Right now it's in beta. Certain pages have certain CSS and js but yeah there's no mission statement or purpose for my site yet. I do photography so I will be doing a contest on editing a raw file. Best editor will win $20 in PayPal credits. This will be a monthly thing.

  • By Mohammed Aqeel

    @Evan : Good job. Hope this will make Elgg more interesting to the freshers. Few suggestions,

    1) Why cant we create it just like an entity system? This way it will be easy to maintain, like editing, deleting, pagination support etc. Renaming the blog or the file's plugin is enough for this. 

    2) Let the users list their sites, by entering the site title, web address, category, and a description. We will generate the thumbnail automatically, with help of the webservices like wordpress thumbnail generator. This will reduce the effort in generating the thumbnails.

    3) In the new system, we can add a featured portfolios, which the community admin can handpick.

    4) Infuture, we can add options for others to rate the listings.

  • By Matt Beckett

    I think the purpose is to show off 'the best sites' (not sure what the criteria is) but if everyone gets to put in their site then the list of the best gets diluted with every newbies startup site that looks like a default installation with different colors. (No offense intended to newbies and their sites!)

     

  • By Cim

    My elgg site has been modified to the max with php, css3 and jquery to rearrange elements

  • By zenin

    I guess we can look for inspiration...

  • By saurabh

    If there's enough interest, we can put some more effort into letting you upload your own screenshots through the community site. Eventually we envision a ranking system so that the best sites can rise to the top, and profile integration so that people can see sites you or your team have worked on specifically. But all that depends on the interest level, so please let us know what you think!


    I like this Idea hope this would come soon in community .. It will make community.elgg.org more live. and new people can take an idea what can be done from the elgg system.




  • By Evan Winslow

    @Matt, yes, it's very important for us to maintain a certain level of quality. Best way to get in the showcase is to have a good-looking custom theme and a clear purpose/mission.

    @Mohammed

    1) If enough people want in/find this useful, we will use Elgg's entity system. This is just something I hacked up in a couple hours, so I didn't take time to do it The Elgg Way.

    2) Auto-generated thumbnails sounds like a nice idea. That's definitely what took the longest in putting this together. We'd have to make sure the quality is good enough (e.g. if people are using walled garden, that's not going to be a very exciting screenshot).

    I think suggestions 3 and 4 are great. It's a just matter of time/priority.

     

  • By thouseef19

    dead link in showcase:
    http://alianzaarboles.com/

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