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local_staticpage
Maintained by Picture of University of Ulm University of Ulm, Picture of Alexander Bias Alexander Bias
Moodle plugin which displays information pages which exist outside any course, imprint or faq pages for example, complete with Moodle navigation and theme
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The local_staticpage plugin is designed to fetch a static HTML document from disk, enrich it with Moodle navigation and theme and deliver it as a standard Moodle page which exists 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 the local_staticpages plugin, you can create information pages within moodle, but without misusing a whole course just for showing a textbox.

See README file for details.

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Picture of University of Ulm
University of Ulm (Lead maintainer)
Picture of Alexander Bias
Alexander Bias: Developer
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  • Picture of Alexander Bias
    Sun, Mar 6, 2016, 4:09 PM
    Hi Phuong,

    > So how can I install your plugin in moodle 2.9? Just remove the line starting with $plugin->requires from version.php?

    Yes, I already said that above smile
    But note that you do this at your own risk. I think the Moodle 3.0 version will run well on Moodle 2.9, but I won't guarantee anything.

    Thanks,
    Alex
  • Picture of Phuong Hoang
    Thu, Mar 10, 2016, 10:00 AM
    Thanks for your reply and instruction. I'll install this plugin when upgrading moodle 3 in the future.
  • Picture of Kaluan Kaluan
    Fri, Mar 18, 2016, 5:38 PM
    Firstly, I am new to Moodle, so my question may be a bit stupid smile. I am using Moodle 3.0 and installed this plugin (Release v3.0-r2) and add pages like aboutus.html, contact.html and faq.html as instructed.

    I am hopeful that I will be able to get the link like this www.mydomain/static/aboutus.html. BUT I got page error. Did I missed out something? What will be my url?
  • Picture of Alexander Bias
    Mon, Mar 21, 2016, 2:33 PM
    Hi Kaluan,

    a URL like www.mydomain/static/aboutus.html will only work if you have configured Rewrite rules in your webserver, see https://github.com/moodleuulm/moodle-local_staticpage/blob/master/README.md Section "Using mod_rewrite" for details.

    If you didn't, your page will bei available on http://www.yourmoodle.com/local/staticpage/view.php?page=[pagename].

    Alex
  • Picture of Phuong Hoang
    Fri, Mar 25, 2016, 11:50 PM
    Hi Alex,
    I'm using moodle 2.9.4+ and installed your plugin (Release v3.0-r2). Just remove $plugin->requires from version.php as you said above and it works like a charm. However, I suggest you should add one more screenshot so that everyone can understand how to upload documents.
    With kind regards,
  • Picture of Abel Carreto
    Tue, Mar 29, 2016, 2:00 AM
    Hi, first of all, thanks for you work. That plugin is amazing!
    One single question? Is it posible to change /static/ for other name? I'm spanish and I'd like to put another word.

    Thanks in advance.

    Regards.
  • Picture of Alexander Bias
    Tue, Mar 29, 2016, 3:41 AM
    Phuong,

    glad I could help and thanks for your feedback for 2.9.x!

    Regarding the screenshot, I thought that the Readme was really comprehensive already so that there is no need for a screenshot. What exactly are you missing?



    Abel,

    you only get the /static/ URLs when you use the (optional) Apache rewrite rules. Basically, in these rules, you can change "static" to whatever you like and the static page should work. You only have to make sure that you did not enable the "apacherewrite" setting of the plugin and you might experience false behaviours of the breadcrumb on the static pages.

    If you also want to fix that, you will have to change all occurences of "/static" to "/whateveryoulike" in view.php.

    Thanks,
    Alex
  • Picture of Phuong Hoang
    Tue, Mar 29, 2016, 4:17 PM
    Hi Alex,
    I miss nothing. I'm only afraid that someone would like to install your plugin, they can't imagine how it works, especially uploading documents.
  • Picture of Tom Simon
    Tue, Mar 29, 2016, 7:42 PM
    With due respects, I relate to Phuong's comment. I ended up doing a manual install - but frankly gave up as things still did not seem to work. I really like the idea of static pages and think it is an excellent plug in for Moodle - hoping in future to see better documentation.
  • Picture of Alexander Bias
    Tue, Mar 29, 2016, 9:17 PM
    Hi Tom, hi Phuong,

    thanks for your feedback. I appreciate every improvement to documentation, but as I already know the plugin, I need to know where you failed when you tried to bring it into production.

    As I said above, there is already an extensive Readme on https://github.com/moodleuulm/moodle-local_staticpage/blob/master/README.md. The content of the Readme is not available directly here in the plugin repo page because it changes from release to release, but it is linked with the "More documentation on this plugin" link.

    So, if you tell me where you failed or what you did not understand in the Readme, I can try to improve it.

    Thanks,
    Alex
  • Picture of Abel Carreto
    Tue, Mar 29, 2016, 10:34 PM
    Thank you! It worked for me. And if it helps somebody else, I'll explain what I did to change /static/ url to what I wanted. As you said, I changed all the mentions to /static/ on view.php, placed in /local/static/ to what I wanted. In my case, /paginas/. Then I only had to do the properly to the .htaccess, and change to :

    RewriteEngine On
    RewriteRule ^paginas/(.*)\.html$ /local/staticpage/view.php?page=$1&%{QUERY_STRING} [L]

    And voilà, everything fine (even breadcrumbs).

    Thanks for your help and for the plugin, Alexander,

    Best regards.
  • Picture of Daniel Tyas
    Mon, May 16, 2016, 4:48 PM
    Hello, firstly thank you for the plugin, its very useful, however I'm having one problem, I've uploaded the html pages using the browser uploader, but can't find them when I ftp into my server, could you advise where the folder is? Thanks
  • Picture of Alexander Bias
    Tue, May 17, 2016, 2:43 PM
    Hi Daniel,

    with the 3.0 version of this plugin, we are using a filearea in Moodle for storing the files instead of the previously used directory on disk. Thus, Moodle buries your files somewhere below the /filedir directory on disk like it does for all other files you are uploading in Moodle (e.g. in a course).

    Perhaps http://www.nathanfriend.co.uk/find-where-moodle-2-has-put-your-file/ can help you finding your file if you need to identify it on disk.

    Thanks,
    Alex
  • Picture of Israel Dutra
    Sun, May 22, 2016, 12:11 AM
    Hi guys,
    Simple question:

    How can we insert and run PHP codes into a page?
    It's very important and useful.

    Thank you so much,
    Israel.
  • Picture of Alexander Bias
    Sun, May 22, 2016, 3:45 AM
    Hi Israel,

    simple answer: No, local_staticpage does not process PHP code and we also won't add this feature because of strong security concerns. If you need to run PHP code in a single page, you should create your own plugin. It's easier as you may think.

    Thanks,
    Alex
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