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.
      * Note: this version of the admin manual reflects the latest changes that came in place after the update of the Drupal platform to its latest version (Drupal 9). The previous version for Drupal 7 is available here.
  • Cochrane Brand Colors accessibility assesment
  • 5 tips for a low-maintenance Cochrane group website
  • 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).
  • Top tips: read this Cochrane community blog post about 5 tips for creating a low-maintenance and polished website. 
  • Technical Questions: You can send your technical questions and help requests to

Updating Group Contact info

Check’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:

  1. Log into Archie.
  2. Click on the ‘Resources’ tab.
  3. Find your 'Group type' and Group name in the folder list.
  4. Right-click on the folder for your Group.
  5. Select the ‘Properties’ option in the pop-up menu.
  6. When the ‘Properties’ window opens add the necessary information. You will need to click the ‘Edit’ button to change the address or contact numbers.
  7. When you have finished making changes, click the ‘Apply’ button and then the ‘Close’ button.
  8. Please note that it may take up to 24 hours for all changes made to show up on other websites, such as, which are fed from Archie.


  • Choosing Images for Sharing Evidence: A Guide – This guide is for anyone who needs to choose images for a dissemination product based on any Cochrane Review. Download the guide here, and learn how it was created here
  • Getting images: We have a limited budget to purchase stock photos as support to groups each month. You may pick stock images from Send the name of image, URL link, and your group name to  and we will download the photo at no cost your group.

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Need more help?

  • You can send your technical questions and help requests to Our web team can also book how-to sessions with you and train you over Skype.