Each user has a profile page that includes an avatar, profile information, and widgets. A user's profile is reached by clicking on the user's avatar anywhere in the site. Users can navigate to their own profile by clicking on the mini avatar in the topbar next to the Elgg logo.
To add some information to that very empty profile, click on the Edit profile button. Elgg comes with a default set of profile fields already defined. Some fields are tags like Interests and Skills. Clicking on one of these tags leads to a web page that lists users who share that interest or skill. Other fields are links to web pages or plain text boxes.
Profile field permissions
Did you notice that each profile field has a drop-down menu underneath it? Elgg has a robust permissions system so that users can control who has access to content. Whether it's a blog post, uploaded file, or a profile field, the creator of the content gets to decide who can see it.