Get Paid For Developing Elgg

    Thomas G
    By Thomas G

    A user called Ura Soul a co-creator of reality - admin of an online social network for healing, balancing & evolving.. plus maker of some free plugins for elgg,  is developing an opportunity for open source coders and has created a post via Utopian for his project on his steemit's profile which mirrors contributions to Utopian: https://steemit.com/utopian-io/@ura-soul/smt-interface-for-elgg-social-networking-framework-initial-concept-and-project-outline

     Ura Soul added that this project would be great to have a strong collaboration in the Elgg community.

    As a publisher, After reading Ura Souls's article "How To Get Paid For Developing Elgg and Any Open Source Software." , I sent him the following response:- 

    Ura Soul, Your idea is a great one. Elgg needs all help it can get in order to attract and retain highly motivated and visionary developers. In the past few months  I developed an amp for Elgg plugin and I have upgraded it to the latest version even though I have not uploaded it on the community for download yet.

    Now I can see how your idea might help Elgg bloggers (news articles publishes) who in turn will be willing to support Elgg development even further through donations and other ways of supporting open source projects.

    This is just my brain storming concerning your ideas:-

    Site Admins can choose to either fully convert their Elgg site to work only on the Steem blockchain, for maximum similarity of their site to existing Steem based services - or they can choose a hybrid system whereby users can elect to send public posts either only to the existing Elgg Database, or to both Elgg and the Steem/SMT blockchain.

    An Elgg Admin can choose (choose a hybrid system) and keep their Elgg amp page blog (article) on Elgg which will be cached by google to serve google ads on google servers for google article search users and at the same time, send an ad free posts to the Steem/SMT blockchain to serve the Steemit readers for  up vote or down vote purposes. Even though  I have not read Steemit policies and terms concerning posting articles, I think a publisher will be able to benefit twice by just using Elgg site as a way to publish their own posts.

    For reader's information, due to platform wars going on out there, Facebook is trying to salvage Instant Articles by adding support for Google AMP, and Apple News. Facebook wants publishers to create first in Instant Articles which is similar to Elgg Blogs article and then push near-identical versions of their blog contents to other platforms.

    In other words: if you build once on Elgg Blog/Articles, the owner of the article won’t have to worry about styling their bog/article for AMP, Apple News, Facebook instant Articles, Steemit post and many more content platforms because Elgg Articles Framework will take care of all the heavy lifting.

    These processes will be able to reward not only the publishers on Elgg based sites but also Elgg open source project and last but not least, the traffic to Elgg sites might be also be boosted which normally translate to dollars for site admins and article creators or publishers.

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