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Introduction to modules
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Modules

In Tiki, a module is simply a box of content. Use the Modules Admin page to add modules to the left or right column of a Tiki site. All of the information on the left and right columns of this site is presented through modules. Here's a screenshot:

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Default Tiki page with the Menu module in the left column.

Some common uses for modules are to:
  • Display menus
  • Add special features
  • Display custom information to users
  • List most recent or most frequent actions or items

After adding modules, you can re-order them, assign permissions to them (so they appear only for specific user groups ), or even allow them to be customized by specific users.

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Even though they are called modules, nearly all are included with the default Tiki installation. There are no additional "add-ons" to be installed in order to use these modules.

Configuring and Displaying Modules

For site-wide module settings, go to Admin Home->Module (or tiki-admin.php?page=module). These settings will apply to all modules on the site and are explained in more detail at Module Admin.

There are two ways to configure and display individual modules:
  1. Using the Admin Modules Panel
    • Located at Admin->Modules or tiki_admin_modules.php
    • Allows you to:
      • Set module parameters
      • Create user modules
      • Place modules in the left or right column and, since Tiki7, other areas like the page header and footer
    • Documentation at Module Admin
  2. Using PluginModule
    • Allows you to:
      • Display a module in a page or within other features (like blogs, articles, etc.) besides the left or right columns
      • Also place module content inside of a user module
      • Set module parameters
    • See Index of Modules

Modules vs. Plugins

The distinction between modules and plugins is a little blurry. Technically speaking, modules are the containers and plugins are the content. However, the predefined modules included with the default Tiki installation contain plugins/content, but they are commonly called modules, too.

Where to Go From Here

  • User modules--how (if the feature is active) users can choose and place their modules
  • Mods Type Modules--links to modules that are installed as components

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