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Co-op Web Builder is a custom built web site design platform exclusive to electric cooperatives. If you are a Touchstone Energy member, you can use the program for free and have us host an unlimited number of accounts for your cooperative.
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
Free site migration – our staff will recreate your existing site upon request
Unlimited free accounts for additional intranet sites or other projects
Complex site building options – easily create private locked-down intranet sites or member only protected areas
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 let us know.
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!
When you create a Co-op Web Builder account, you receive a special URL where you can access your site live, anytime -- 24/7. This is not a URL that only you can see, so you can share this URL with your coworkers and boss to review at any time. It can also be pulled up on your mobile devices and tablet or other devices as well, so you can design for all devices.
The standard pattern for accounts is as follows.
So, if you signed up and requested that your Co-op Web Builder sandbox URL is "awesomeelectric", then your site URL would be
To login to your CWB account, please visit your custom sandbox URL that you requested during sign-up. Then all you have to do is add a "/user/login" on to your URL.
If your site URL is http://youraccount.coopwebbuilder3.com you can login to your site by visiting http://youraccount.coopwebbuilder3.com/user/login at any time.
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.
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.
All imagery in CWB 3 is responsive by nature, so there isn't as much of a concern about dimensions as there might have been in the old days.
A few general rules of thumb are:
1) Slideshow images should be at least 1920px wide for the homepage and 1600px wide for any child pages, the height should be consistent but any height will work.
2) Logo should be at least 175px height, width is irrelevant.
3) Any images that you want to use for news stories should be heavy in the photograph area and contain no text. If there is text, it should ideally be in the center of the image.
4) Images take time to load in your browser, so make sure they load quickly by avoiding using images that are over 500kb in size. For example, you would not want to place a 10MB image on your home page.
Slideshow w/ Captions
All same height to be consistent
Width at least 1600px, ideally 1920px for homepage slideshows
Height works best anywhere from 500-700px
News Card Dimensions
660x430 or 1320x860 for super high quality, longer load times
Media Box Components
380 x 200 (homepage full width)
300 x 200 (child page, not full width)