- Page handler
- Elgg offers a facility to manage your plugin pages via a page handler, enabling custom urls like ``http://yoursite/your_plugin/section``. To add a page handler to a plugin, a handler function needs to be registered in the plugin's ``start.php`` file with ``elgg_register_page_handler()``:
- .. code:: php
- elgg_register_page_handler('your_plugin', 'your_plugin_page_handler');
- The plugin's page handler is passed two parameters:
- - an array containing the sections of the URL exploded by '/'. With this information the handler will be able to apply any logic necessary, for example loading the appropriate view and returning its contents.
- - the handler, this is the handler that is currently used (in our example ``your_plugin``). If you don't register multiple page handlers to the same function you'll never need this.
- Code flow
- Pages in plugins should be served only through page handlers, stored in ``pages/`` of your plugin's directory and do not need to ``include`` or ``require`` Elgg's ``engine/start.php`` file. The purpose of these files are to knit together output from different views to form the page that the user sees. The program flow is something like this:
- 1. A user requests ``/plugin_name/section/entity``
- 2. Elgg checks if ``plugin_name`` is registered to a page handler and calls that function, passing ``array('section', 'entity')`` as the first argument
- 3. The page handler function determines which page to display, optionally sets some values, and then includes the correct page under ``plugin_name/pages/plugin_name/``
- 4. The included file combines many separate views, calls formatting functions like ``elgg_view_layout()`` and ``elgg_view_page()``, and then echos the final output
- 5. The user sees a fully rendered page
- There is no syntax enforced on the URLs, but Elgg's coding standards suggests a certain format.