Elgg: Editing Spotlight Area

After installing Elgg, you will find that there are two boxes at the bottom of every page with some links and description about elgg. This is called the “Spotlight” and it is a great place to put useful links.

The other box under the spotlight is the copyright bar. Here in this guide, we will learn how to edit both the spotlight and the bar under it.

By default, here it is how it looks like:

First, we will get rid of the copyright bar under the spotlight. Removing it won’t get you in problems, it just a matter of design.

On your elgg folder, go to “views/default/page_elements“, then open the file “footer.php“.  Erase the content inside that file. Save it and it will be gone:

Spotlight Powered by Elgg bar gone

To edit the spotlight, on your elgg folder, go to “views/default/spotlight” and open the file “default.php“. Inside that file you will find several “div class” , however we will focus on two which class that are: “spotlightRHS” and “spotlightLHS“.

The “spotlightRHS” class contains a little description about the site and some links. The “spotlightLHS” class has several useful links. For example, I will replace the default code inside the  “spotlightRHS” and “spotlightLHS” with the following:

code for spotlightRHS

<h2>Information</h2>
<ul>
<li><a href=”http://www.arvixe.com”>Arvixe Website</a></li>
<li><a href=”http://www.arvixe.com/elgg_hosting”>Arvixe Elgg hosting information</a></li>
<li><a href=”http://elgg.com”>Elgg commercial services</a></li>
</ul>

<h2>Information</h2> <ul> <li><a href=”http://www.arvixe.com”>Arvixe Website</a></li> <li><a href=”http://www.arvixe.com/elgg_hosting”>Arvixe Elgg hosting information</a></li> <li><a href=”http://elgg.com”>Elgg commercial services</a></li> </ul>

code for spotlightLHS

<h2>Welcome to Arvixe Blog!</h2>

<p>

This is an Arvixe Tutorial about editing the spotlight!!!!

</p>

Here is a screenshot of how the spotlight looks after the changes:

Spotlight changed

And we’re done editing the spotlight content.

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Happy Hosting!

Rodolfo Hernandez

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4 Comments on Elgg: Editing Spotlight Area

  1. Arty says:

    Hola.
    Hace algún tiempo me miré elgg y me gustó. Ahora quería aprender a programar pero veo que han salido muchas versiones pero no encuentro libros ni nada parecido. Por donde puedo empezar?
    Gracias.

    • Hola! Puedes ver todos nuestros tutoriales en el blog. Ahorita estamos en la versión 1.11, y muy pronto ya saldrá la versión 2.0 y esta va a requerir PHP 5.5

      Prácticamente, el sistema de “vistas” sigue siendo el mismo, solo ciertas funciones han sido desfazadas. Una muy buena documentación esta en http://learn.elgg.org/

  2. I am curious to find out what blog platform you’re
    using? I’m experiencing some minor security problems with my latest
    site and I would like to find something more safeguarded.
    Do you have any solutions?

    • Alex Alex says:

      Hello,

      We’re currently using WordPress. WordPress is used by most websites online so is VERY flexible. There are TONS of themes and plugins so you can customize it as much as you like.

      There are 2 versions though, WordPress.org would be the one you’re after. You can install WordPress automatically via Softaculous also (Softaculous would be in your cPanel).

      -Alex.

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