How to Insert YouTube Videos in Elgg 1.8

Many our Elgg users are wondering how they can insert their favorite YouTube videos on their network for other to see either in the Dashboard or in their profile page. For that reason, in this article, I will give a step by step guide on how to publish YouTube videos in your network in Elgg 1.8

1. First, we are going to download the video plugin for Elgg 1.8 from the Elgg community here

2. After downloading it, unzip it and upload the plugin to the mod directory in your Elgg installation

3. Go to your Elgg site and sign in as an Administrator and then Go to the Administration Dashboard

4. Then go to menu “Plugins” look for the plugin ‘videos‘ and activate it.

5. Now you can add YouTube videos. To add a video, go to your Elgg site and in the header menu, hover over the “more” menu and click on Videos: Learn More

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How to Add Music to Your Dolphin 7 Website

In today’s article, I will show you how to allow your users to upload music or other sound files to your Dolphin 7 website. Before we begin, we need to install the “Sounds” module. A step by step guide on installing the Dolphin 7 base modules can be found here.

Once we have the module installed, it can be configured from the admin menu by clicking “Modules” and then “Sounds” in the administration section of your website.

Dolphin 7 sounds admin

Dolphin 7 sounds admin

From this screen, you can see all the uploaded files and either deactivate, delete or make the files featured. If you click “Settings” you can also configure any aspect of the module. Learn More

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How to Use Global Content Blocks for Javascript Embedding

Now that Google has modified the Page Rank Algorithm to include the speed at which a site loads, there is an *additional* financial incentive to optimize websites for speed. (Of course the original incentive to do this was to improve user experience, but Google has now given us a measurable metric for OCD web developers to obsess over.)

Many articles and techniques have been published about this, and I won’t try to re-invent the wheel here. This article concerns how to embed scripts in your HTML page using CMS Made Simple.

The conventional wisdom is that it is best to add javascript calls at the end of your HTML document in order to prevent javascript blocking from delaying the loading of CSS images and other external resources on your page.

The technique I am about to explain will reduce page load time regardless of whether you put your scripts in the HEAD or after the FOOTER. But it is especially useful for scripts that have to go in the HEAD and execute immediately such as modernizr.js, head.js, and web font loading scripts such as fonts.com or Typekit. Learn More

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