Better Categories for Elgg

Elgg has a categories feature out of the box. It is very simple and it does not provide a user interface to browse the categories created within the site. In this article I will give you a step by step guide on how to improve categories in elgg

Default Elgg Categories | Despite that you can see the content category, there's no user interface to see all the categories in the site.

Default Categories | Despite that you can see the content’s category, there’s no user interface to see all the categories in the site.

1. Download and install hypeCategories for elgg 1.8 Instructions for installing an elgg plugin can be found here.

2. Log into your elgg network as an Administrator and activate HypeCategories:

activate hypecategories elgg tutorials arvixe

3. Go to menu “Configure -> Settings -> HypeCategories“:

hypecategories settings elgg arvixe

4. Select the types of content items that categories should be applied to. Select as many as you want. You can also apply group categories and show a category menu in all pages. Then save your changes:

hypecategories settings page elgg arvixe

5. Now, go to menu “Configure -> Site Wide Categories” to set the categories that users can set to content:

site wide categories hypecategories elgg arvixe

6. You can set as many categories as you want. The add category user interface is more friendly. To add a category just click on the ‘plus’ icon. To remove on, click on the ‘minus’ icon. After you are done adding categories, save your changes:

setting categories elgg arvixe tutorials

7. And that’s it! You will see a categories menu that users can easily browse and find!

Browsing files | Hypecategories

Browsing files | Hypecategories

Browsing an specific category | HypeCategories

Browsing an specific category | HypeCategories

In-Content Category | HypeCategories

In-Content Category | HypeCategories

This concludes better categories for elgg

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