Since a few weeks ago our server admin disabled php's function
file_get_contents (for security reasons) which resulted for our elgg
plugin not to work.
I did a quick goole search and found that disabling file_get_contents
is quite usual in virtual servers setups - dreamhost for example has
In the other hand curl might not be enabled as well but i guess is
more likely for file_get_contents to be unavailable instead of curl