Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step!
Co-op Web Builder is a modern responsive website design platform exclusive to electric cooperatives. If you are a Touchstone Energy member, you can use the program free for your first site.
- Save anywhere from $2,000 - $50,000 a year by using the program to design & host your website
- Free unlimited hosting for all your site files and data
- Automated SSL certificate included without any additional costs.
- Complex site building options – easily create private locked-down intranet sites or member only protected areas
- Access and Usage is included with your investment fees.
- Fully Responsive Templates that prioritize the mobile experience and work as intended on all devices.
- User Friendly Content Management System (CMS) allows you to build and customize content for your site, make quick and easy updates and upload pictures or logos.
- Drag & Drop Page Building Experience lets you control the layout and order of information on your child pages with ease. No coding knowledge required!
- Create Your Own Layouts by using the region based homepage template design system.
- Free Professional Support who specializes in Drupal design and development.
The Importance Of Updating To Co-Op Web Builder 3.0
Today more than ever, staying current with your website is one of the best things you can do. While hijacking websites maintains a constant threat, many of us go through each day without batting an eyelid about security. The Co-op Web Builder (CWB) team thinks about these topics daily, so you don’t have to. We work nightly to keep our platforms up to date and provide security resources (like our new automated SSL certificates), so you can go back to doing your job and living your life.
The suggested cycle for a website is to receive a refresh or rebuild every 4 years. This was the main motivation for us to recently upgrade our own website. Today you can view www.touchstoneenergy.com, which was built using CWB 3.0 and a Custom Theme. Not only is the overall design way better than our previous website, but under the hood our plugins and patches are up to date. We no longer worry about broken plugins and unmaintained configurations, because with CWB those tasks are included as part of the program.
The reason we are reaching out today is because we want you to be prepared for the future of your website. The CWB 2.0 and 2.5 platforms are planned to reach end-of-life (EOL) by the end of 2021. This is because the Drupal 7 community plans to stop support.
Do not worry though as we plan to support the 2.0 and 2.5 platforms until all websites are migrated. After EOL, if you have not upgraded your website to CWB 3.0, it will be out of date from a security standpoint. This is an important thing to be aware of and is not CWB specific, as this will apply to all Drupal 7 websites.
Having a CWB 3.0 site will ensure that your site is patched, supported and as modern as possible. It will also allow our team to provide better support moving forward. Instead of our developers focusing on supporting three platforms, we can focus all our efforts on CWB 3.
There are a lot of active accounts in CWB 3.0 as we speak, so a lot of folks are already working on their next legendary website. We urge you to join the horde and get started upgrading your website today. You can sign-up for free for an additional account any time you like. Your CWB 3.0 account will remain independent from your current live site, so you can have access to both simultaneously. Finally, you can feel free to take your time over the next two years and build the site you always wanted.
The CWB website has many key resources for you to get up to speed quickly (User Manual, Tutorial Videos). If you don’t want to be involved with designing the website, you can ask on our Drupal development team to build the site for you in full. If that option interests you, please take a look at our CWB packages and fill out a quote for services. Our staff will add your co-op to our project calendar and communicate costs accordingly. If you have any questions about our design and development services, please send us a message at [email protected] any time you wish.
We thank you for your continued support of the program as we are determined to keep us all at the forefront of modern web design.
This notice only applies to the CWB 2.0 and 2.5 accounts. If you are unsure which version you are using today, compare your current design to the history of releases on our website.
To get started, is really as simple as signing up for an account.
Once you sign up it can take us anywhere from 1-24 hours to create your new site, if you haven't heard from us after that time period please contact us.
Once we create your account, we will reach out to you personally via e-mail. Some of these communications will be automated and provide you with the site URL and login information that you requested in the sign-up process.
When you receive your login information, you will be able to visit the URL live and design your new site directly within your web browser!
This site was built itself with Co-op Web Builder 3, so the template looks very much like this website itself. That being said, with the unlimited options that component design offers, you can make your site look different from any other site while using the same template.
In addition, there are over 30+ page layouts to use to create a variety of design throughout your site.
Finally, there are also color settings for every aspect of each design element, so you can brand your site easily as needed.
ProTip: Access color settings in "iSean" under the Theme Settings area. Choose "custom" and start to build your own color theme based on your preferred choices.
Site examples can also be seen here.
You can sign-up for an additional free account on this website. Then you can design a new site at the new account URL and launch whenever you are ready. The new account will stay independent from any other of your Co-op Web Builder sites, so you can take your time designing something new. This is a way to get started on a new project immediately.
Co-op Web Builder offers several different website packages based on your cooperatives' unique needs and requirements. We can accommodate almost any custom design or development need. This includes creating a custom theme for your co-op specifically or creating a specific module that adds a required feature to your site. Request a quote today!