General plugins (Local): Static Pages

local_staticpage
Maintained by Picture of Ulm UniversityUlm University, Picture of Alexander BiasAlexander Bias, Picture of Kathrin OsswaldKathrin Osswald
Moodle plugin which displays static information pages which exist outside any course, imprint or faq pages for example, complete with Moodle navigation and theme
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Current versions available: 13

We have seen Moodle installations where there was a need for displaying static information like an imprint, a faq or a contact page and this information couldn't be added everything to the frontpage. As Moodle doesn't have a "page" concept, admins started to create courses, place their information within these courses, open guest access to the course and link to this course from HTML blocks or the custom menu.

We thought that this course overhead doesn't make sense, so we created this plugin. It is designed to deliver static HTML documents, enriched with Moodle layout and navigation as a standard Moodle page which exist outside any course. Static pages will be available on catchy URLs like http://www.yourmoodle.com/static/faq.html and can be linked from Moodle HTML blocks, from your Moodle theme footer and so on.

Using this plugin, you can create information pages within moodle, but without misusing a whole course just for showing a textbox. It is not meant as a fully featured content management solution, especially as you have to work with raw HTML, but it is quite handy for experienced admins for creating some few static pages within Moodle.

Please see README file for details about the usage and features of this plugin.

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We appreciate your commendation and reviews for this plugin in the comments. For bug reports and support requests, please read the extensive information in the plugin's README file first and create, if needed, a ticket in the bug tracker which is linked below.

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  • Picture of Olga Kim
    Wed, Apr 26, 2017, 3:43 PM
    Please, can anyone explain me why do we need the word static in the URL? My users don't care about it
  • Picture of Alexander Bias
    Wed, Apr 26, 2017, 6:09 PM
    Hi Olga,

    first of all: This plugin and the support for the plugin is provided on a voluntary basis. Please give us some time get to your question, thanks for your patience.

    Regarding your question: In the plugin's README, you can read that the standard page URLs which are created by the plugin look like this: http://www.yourmoodle.com/local/staticpage/view.php?page=[pagename]

    If you are able and willing to use mod_rewrite in your Apache webserver (or a similar mechanism depending on your webserver setup), you can rewrite these URLs to pretty URLs. We provide a rewrite rule in the README which will rewrite the URLs to http://www.yourmoodle.com/static/faq.html.

    However, it's up to you to create whatever rewrite rule you want. And yes, it is technically possible to create links like www.name.com/aboutus. We just can't provide any support or directions for this goal due to limited resources. You will have to create a rewrite rule yourself or talk to your webserver admin to create it for you.

    Thanks,
    Alex
  • Picture of Olga Kim
    Wed, Apr 26, 2017, 6:38 PM
    Thank you very much for explanations! Very useful!
  • Picture of Fred Sayler
    Sat, Sep 23, 2017, 2:20 AM
    Hello Alexander; I had sent a message to your link. Maybe I should have posted here?
    fred sayler
  • Picture of Harley Dangan
    Tue, Feb 13, 2018, 3:04 PM
    Hi Alexander. The static pages open in a new tab. Is there a way to make them open in the same tab? Or do I need to edit some PHP code? Thanks!
  • Picture of Jeremy Britton
    Wed, Mar 7, 2018, 7:09 AM
    I was having trouble with the mod_rewrite rule provided in the instructions and found that I need to remove the first slash(/) to get it to work.
    RewriteRule ^static/(.*)\.html$ /local/staticpage/view.php?page=$1&%{QUERY_STRING} [L]
  • Picture of Alex Ferrer
    Fri, Mar 9, 2018, 6:12 PM
    Hi Alexander.
    Could it be that there is some incompatibility of the plugin with Bootstrap? I have read in the Readme file that it should work but, for example, the buttons are not displayed.
    Thanks.
  • Picture of Rob Jackson
    Sat, Mar 10, 2018, 4:15 PM
    Hello fellow Moodlers

    I would like to use static pages but I have following error on 'List of static pages'...

    The static page is available and can be linked to at the following standard URL:
    Available http://www.mysite.eu/courses/local/staticpage/view.php?page=faq

    The static page should be available to at the following clean URL, but actually a browser won't be able to download and view it (perhaps there is something wrong with your webserver or mod_rewrite configuration - see README file for details):

    I am using fasthosts to host the site and cannot locate htaccess folder. Do I need to create one?

    Force Apache mod_rewrite is unticked!

    Thank you for any advice.

    Rob
  • Picture of Rob Lowney
    Fri, Apr 13, 2018, 6:35 PM
    Hi there

    I'm testing this plugin at present and am really excited by its potential. It seems to be working perfectly fine for me so far.

    One question - I'd like to be able to see from the Moodle activity logs if my students are viewing the static pages. Is there a way to capture that information?

    Thank you
    Rob
  • Picture of Kashyap Kr
    Sat, Jul 14, 2018, 6:50 PM
    Hi there,

    I'm using Moodle 3.2+. This plugin is very useful. How can I access/permit my static pages if I'm logged out.
  • Picture of ZOINIA MEDIA
    Tue, Oct 9, 2018, 6:06 AM
    This plugin is very helpful. For Nginx server, the following rewrite worked for me.

    location /static {
    rewrite ^/static/(.*)\.html$ /local/staticpage/view.php?page=$1&$query_string last;
    }

    Thanks again.
  • Picture of Marcos Barrera
    Mon, Nov 26, 2018, 11:06 PM
    Hello!
    Thanks for this plug in, it was needed time ago. However, I am uploading an htm file and getting this code at the begining: YPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/strict.dtd">

    Do you know what I am doing wrong?

    Thanks.
  • Stefano Guglielmetti
    Tue, Mar 12, 2019, 4:12 PM
    Hello!
    I am uploading an html file and I still get this line of code appears on the top of the page content:
    "YPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd""
    I saw this issue(https://github.com/moodleuulm/moodle-local_staticpage/issues/16), but my html it's clan and not saved from MS Word, so it's not the solution for me... any help please?

    Do you know what I am doing wrong?

    Thanks.
  • Picture of Edward Santee
    Sat, Apr 6, 2019, 2:27 AM
    Anyone have any experience with getting a clean URL from a Moodle installation in the Google Cloud platform?
  • Picture of Nikos Sfakianakis
    Thu, Jul 11, 2019, 6:13 PM
    thanks for your work
    i am trying to embed a video from youtube but it doesnt seem to play any ideas?
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