The dashboard is bundled with both the full and core-only Elgg packages. This is a users portal to activity that is important to them both from within the site and from external sources. Using Elgg’s powerful widget API, it is possible to build widgets that pull out relevant content from within an Elgg powered site as well as grab information from third party sources such as Twitter or Flickr (providing those widgets exist).

A users dashboard is not the same as their profile, whereas the profile is for consumption by others, the dashboard is a space for users to use for their own needs.




A weblog, or blog, is arguably one of the fundamental DNA pieces of most types of social networking site. The simplest form of personal publishing, it allows for text-based notes to be published in reverse-chronological order. Commenting is also an important part of blogging, turning an individual act of publishing into a conversation.

Elgg’s blog expands this model by providing per-entry access controls and cross-blog tagging. You can control exactly who can see each individual entry, as well as find other entries that people have written on similar topics. You can also see entries written by your friends (that you have access to).




In the context of the World Wide Web, a bookmark is a locally stored Uniform Resource Identifier (URI). All modern web browsers include bookmark features. Bookmarks are called favorites or Internet shortcuts in Internet Explorer, and by virtue of that browser’s large market share, these terms have been synonymous with bookmark since the first browser war.[1] Bookmarks are normally accessed through a menu in the user’s web browser, and folders are commonly used for organization. In addition to bookmarking methods within most browsers, many external applications offer bookmark management.

Bookmarks have been incorporated in browsers since the Mosaic browser in 1993.[2] Bookmark lists were called Hotlists in Mosaic[3] and in previous versions of Opera; this term has faded from common use. Other early web browsers such as ViolaWWW and Cello also had bookmarking features.




Once you have found others with similar interests – or perhaps you are part of a research groups or a course/class – you may want to have a more structured setting to share content and discuss ideas. This is where Elgg’s powerful group building can be used.

  • You can create and moderate as many groups as you like
  • You can keep all group activity private to the group or you can use the ‘make public’ option to disseminate work to the wider public.
  • Each group produces granular RSS feeds, so it is easy to follow group developments
  • Each group has its own URL and profile
  • Each group comes with a file repository, forum, pages and messageboard




This tool lets you send private messages to each other.




This social bookmarking tool lets you bookmark and share both internally and external content.