Website How to
- Group Website Guidelines and Admin Manual for webmasters:
- Guidelines: The part of the manual provides webmasters a checklist of items and instructions on how to maintain and get their group's website up to Cochrane standards. It is very important that each site is well maintained so that visitors find current and accurate information that reflects the hard work that is put into producing Cochrane Reviews.
- Admin Manual: This part of the manual explains webmasters how to use the admin interface to perform all usual operations required when managing a website.
- Website How to videos
Note: The following videos still refers to the D6 version of the management interface. In the new version, D7, minor changes on the Admin interface have been introduced. These changes are pretty straightforward, but for any issue concerning how functionalities may differ on the updated interface, just get back to us via firstname.lastname@example.org.
The updated versions of the videos will come soon.
- Join Cochrane/Get Involved: We recommend that this section of your website (whether in the top menu bar or elsewhere) should direct to Cochrane's main 'Join Cochrane' section, opening in a new tab (Example here and instructions here). This allows people to be funneled down consistent pathways to ways they can contribute effectively (whatever their level of experience) and create a Cochrane account to enable their work to be recorded and recognized. If you would like to provide Cochrane Group-specific information before providing the main 'Join Cochrane' link, you may do so (Example here).
- Technical Questions: You can send your technical questions and help requests to email@example.com
- Google Analytics: See what traffic you are getting to your site and work to improve it! Send a Gmail specific email address and your group's URL to firstname.lastname@example.org and we can provide access to this information.
Updating Group Contact info
Check Cochrane.org’s list of groups to see if your group’s contact information is up to date and your website URL is listed. If changes are needed, follow the instructions below:
- Log into Archie.
- Click on the ‘Resources’ tab.
- Find your Field in the folder list under ‘Field/Network’.
- Right-click on the folder for your Field.
- Select the ‘Properties’ option in the pop-up menu.
- When the ‘Properties’ window opens add the necessary information. Please note that you will need to click the ‘Edit’ button to change the address or contact numbers.
- When you have finished making changes, click the ‘Apply’ button and then the ‘Close’ button.
- Please note that it may take up to 24 hours for all changes made to show up on other websites, such as cochrane.org, which are fed from Archie.
- Video: Accessing stock and Cochrane Community photos
- Gudielines: Review page 56 of the Cochrane 'Brand Guideline’ document on how to select imagery.
- All images should illustrate our strapline: ‘Trusted evidence. Informed decisions. Better health’.
- Choose light and bright imagery that works in harmony with your group’s colour palette.
- Select positive, simple, and close-up images.
- For stock and Cochrane Community images: you can use any pictures found in the photo Dropbox folder for your Cochrane websites, newsletters, reports, printed materials, and social media posts. Pictures in this folder are updated weekly, so we recommend that you bookmark this Dropbox folder. Pictures are sorted into sub-folders and can also be searched for by keyword. To access this folder, please email email@example.com
- For textures, general health and lifestyle: browse and search Unsplash; they offer free, high-resolution photos.
- Blog post: Pineapples and stethoscopes. The problem with stock images
- Still looking?: We have a limited budget to purchase stock photos as support to groups each month. If you cannot find a photo that works for you, please let us know (e.g. topic specific, location specific). You may pick stock images from www.istock.comSend the name of image, URL link, and your group name to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will download the photo at no cost your group.
- Looking for content for your site? You are welcome to repost anything on Cochrane Community or Cochrane.org on your group's site. You may specifically want to consider these reoccurring news items – they are news item that we update and publish several times a year.
- Your Group may want to record a video message to promote an event or do an interview with an author about a review. This tip sheet provides you with some guidance to creating a high quality video.
- Vlogshots are another way of making videos. Read more about them in this blog post: Vlogshots: sharing Cochrane evidence with moving slides.