About

INSPIRE Forum Features

Activity

A useful activity stream which provides an at-a-glance look at activity from across the site, as well as your friends' activity and your own actions.

You can filter the activity stream to only include particular tools or types of action, making this a powerful addition to your social network.

Profile

Your profile provides the user with many ways to express their professional interests in addition to their contact information.

Using the widget framework, users can select from a bank of available widgets to create a full and rich profile, including RSS feeds from other sites.

The INSPIRE Forum user profile acts as a great overview of a site member, pulling together their activity from the site, as well as from external sources.

Notifications

You can keep track of what your friends are doing through the notification method of your choice. Choose whose activity you want to subscribe to, and have it delivered using the notification method of your choice, either Email or internal messaging.

Groups

Users can create groups or communities around a particular topic and take advantage of

  • Group discussions
  • Group blogs
  • Group bookmarks
  • Group calendar
  • Group pages
  • Group files

You can create open groups that anyone can join, and closed groups, where membership is requested first and accepted or denied by the group owner.

Blog

A simple blogging tool with some useful features:

  • Save a draft (with autosave)
  •  Categories
  • Conversation toggle
  • Preview
  • Rich media embedding

    The embed files feature allows users to easily include their photos, audio snippets and files within blog posts, pages, comments, discussion topic and profile fields.

    The modal window allows your users to upload resources and get access to the files they need while constructing their content.

Files

The INSPIRE Forum has a full file repository that will handle a wide variety of data including photos, word documents, audio files, videos, PDFs and more. You can easily flip between lists of files and image galleries, in order to comfortably find the item you're looking for.

Users can display their latest files on their profile and - using the media embed tool - embed any file into their content.

Events

A user can advertise events on the INSPIRE Forum, either at site or at group level.

Friends

INSPIRE Forum users can create address books with many different categories of friend. These categories can them be used to allow access to content.

Microblogging

The wire plugin brings microblogging to Elgg - like having your own personal Twitter service.

You can also update your settinges to push wire posts out to your Twitter account.

Pages

The pages plugin allows you to save and store hierarchically-organized pages of text, and control who can read and write to them. This means that you can collaboratively create a set of documents with a loose collection of people, participate in a writing process with a formal group, or simply use the functionality to write a document that only you can see, and only choose to share it once it's done.

Dashboard

The INSPIRE Forum dashboard acts as a user's personal portal to the site, displaying information - both from the site and external sources - that they select.

Social bookmarking

Elgg provides users with a simple social bookmarking tool. Using a button that users can place on their browser toolbar, it is easy to bookmark and share resources from all over the web.

RSS Feeds

You can subscribe to RSS feeds on the INSPIRE Foruum Blogs, Bookmarks, News and Files  by ckicking on the RSS feed icon.

Categories

The INSPIRE Forum has created some site-wide categories. These categories are available for users to use when creating a new blog post, uploading files or constructing pages. User defined tags can also be used. These categories and tags can be used for searching the INSPIRE forum

Access

Users can restrict their content to be only read by people they mark as a friend, members of groups, logged in users or public access. The default setting for content is 'public'.