Logo competition

July 26, 2005 | Leave a comment

A quick reminder: the Elgg logo competition only has a couple more days left! Have a go!


July 21, 2005 | Leave a comment

We’ve had a couple of changes today, courtesy of Mr Tosh – ‘Templates’ are now known as ‘Themes’, and you’ll find your friends groups under ‘Access’. We think these terms are less confusing and more closely describe the functionality in question.

As I understand it, he’s also in the process of adding some new templates themes. I’ve had a sneaky look and they’re quite beautiful, so look out for those.

Hosting, logos

July 18, 2005 | Leave a comment

We’re really keen for people to try out their own Elgg installations, which is why we’ve created this hosting deal – we’ll give you a gigabyte of server space and install the latest version of the software for you, so you can mess about with it. It’s a win-win situation: you get some free space and some support, and we get to learn from your experiences. It’s only available while stocks last and it’s at our discretion – we don’t have a hundred servers at our disposal, alas, and if you create the next thefacebook.com we might have to talk about finding you a dedicated host. But for testing purposes we think it’s a good deal and we hope you’ll think so too.

Further business: the logo competition is still ongoing. You know you want to enter. What’s the worst that could happen? From our point of view, the worst that could happen is sticking with the purple logo with the crayons. Frankly, we’re sick of it.

And finally, we’re looking at funding for Elgg from September onwards. We’re open to all possibilities, so drop us a line if you’d like to discuss.

Elgg, Ben, Dave, the future

July 17, 2005 | Leave a comment

After a small amount of tinkering, the Elgg Features community is back online. As am I, after a short hiatus in a wooden house on the water with not so much as a telephone. As much as I love sailing and getting back to nature, it’s good to be back, and wonderful to see so many people using Elgg.net!

Elgg is growing up; it’s now been over a year since our second paper, {{file:179}}, was released into the wider community with such an impressive reception. There are going to be some changes over the next couple of months, and I encourage you to look out for them – they’re all positive, and yet another sign that Elgg is in no danger of disappearing. In fact, we’re growing and growing.

One of those changes is Dave Tosh’s imminent disappearance to Canada, where he’ll be Elgg’s North American representative. I’m sure many of you out there will see him over the coming months as he goes to conferences and visits learning technology departments at universities across the country. I’m remaining here in Europe; having been to Denmark in May, I’m preparing for EIfEL’s e-plugfest in October, and doing a lot of tinkering behind the scenes.

It’s been really exciting talking to all the new developers and potential system administrators recently; I’ve been spending a lot of time chatting to people all over the world about how best to adapt the software to their needs, and how to take it forward.

One thing we’ll be offering shortly is a hosted version of Elgg for you to try out, stored on one of our servers; this will allow people with less technical experience to try the software out and see how it fits into their needs. I think Dave will be making an announcement about that soon.