General plugins (Local): Static Pages

local_staticpage
Maintained by Picture of Ulm University Ulm University, Picture of Alexander Bias Alexander Bias
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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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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Alexander Bias: Developer
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  • Picture of Ahmed Ibrahim
    Sun, 2 Apr 2017, 8:43 PM
    Thank you Alex very much
  • Picture of Farooq Sultan
    Wed, 12 Apr 2017, 3:00 AM
    Thanks. I have installed on moodle 3.2 with Essential these. It works like a charm. Thank you Alexander for making my job easy.
  • Picture of Mitja Decman
    Fri, 21 Apr 2017, 5:02 PM
    Hi, I would like to use d3plus page (https://d3plus.org/examples/) in moodle, but moodle shows nothing as a static page, though it shows fine as a html (http://www2.fu.uni-lj.si/map.html).
    Does static page support pages like this one (https://www.dropbox.com/s/ant2d0pku4qvca2/map.html.txt?dl=0)?
    Thank you.
  • Picture of Alexander Bias
    Fri, 21 Apr 2017, 5:20 PM
    Hi Mitja,

    at first glance, I see two fundamental problems:
    * The HTML document which you have linked does not have head and body tags. This plugin only takes the content from the body tag and shows it on the static page. If there is no body tag, the static page does not show any content.
    * The script tags loading additional scripts should be placed inside the head tag in a normal HTML document. But this plugin is build to ignore the content of the head tag, so you would have to place it into the body tag, too.

    Additionally, I don't know if the HTML parser this plugin is using might break the inline script and JSON data.

    Summing up, static pages are not built to display content like that currently. As an alternative, you could add a page activity to your site's frontpage and drop the HTML code into the Atto editor of this page.

    Thanks,
    Alex
  • Picture of Mitja Decman
    Fri, 21 Apr 2017, 8:48 PM
    Alex, thanks a lot.
  • Picture of Olga Kim
    Wed, 26 Apr 2017, 2:08 AM
    I need pages "about us" "contact" and so on, but I don't understand why you say that links will be like this http://www.yourmoodle.com/static/faq.html
    I don't need a word 'static' in between
    Is it possible to create link like this www.name.com/aboutus ?
  • Picture of Olga Kim
    Wed, 26 Apr 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, 26 Apr 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, 26 Apr 2017, 6:38 PM
    Thank you very much for explanations! Very useful!
  • Picture of Fred Sayler
    Sat, 23 Sep 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, 13 Feb 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, 7 Mar 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, 9 Mar 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, 10 Mar 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, 13 Apr 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
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