Rare Web Training Intro to RarePlanet. Dinah Berch, Web Content Manager Phone: 703-522-5070 ext. 153 Email: email@example.com Skype: silence_speaker Gchat: dinahrgoldberg Twitter: @ newmediamaiden. rare on the web. Two video channels: Vimeo (curated) and YouTube (repository).
Intro to RarePlanet
Dinah Berch, Web Content Manager
Phone: 703-522-5070 ext. 153
“Once upon a time two men in a bar had a vision to create a network that was part LinkedIn, part Wikipedia, part SAP (a workflow & project management program) and part Blogger…and in 2008 RarePlanet Launched.”
RarePlanet’s mission is to build a network of conservationists.
The site was redesigned in 2010.
The site uses the Drupal 6 web platform.
Connect with a campaign team.
Contribute ideas, expertise, support.
Experience what it takes to launch a successful grass-roots conservation campaign that changes the way people relate to their environment.
Search for Campaigns & Visit a Campaign Page
There are 290 Campaigns and 95 groups on RarePlanet today.
Photos, Videos and Resources
Connect with a campaign team. Connect with technical experts, policy makers and community organizers from around the world focusing on real conservation solutions in real communities.
Search for People & Organizations
Create and Join Groups
There are 6,162Registered Users on RarePlanet today.
Contribute ideas, expertise, support. Contribute ideas, expertise and financial support to empower local communities to protect the world’s most threatened species and habitat.
Blog, Blog, blog!
Contribute to forums and groups
Ask and Answer Questions
Learn from Experts
Change your Language
Use the menu to go to your RarePlanet or to visit the search page for Campaigns or Community.
Log in or out
Check out Featured Members and Campaigns
Find Campaigns by Region, Species, Threat or Partner
Switch to Low Bandwidth
“My Dashboard” shows recent activity from the campaigns you manage, campaigns you follow and groups you belong to.
Go to “My Settings” to change your password or update your profile.
If you are a Campaign Manager or a member of a Campaign Team you can use the Quick Links to create a blog post for your campaign or to upload a milestone
Under My RarePlanet > My Profile is your Public Profile.
Here you can tell the RarePlanet community about yourself.
The profile will also list your recent contributions – blog posts, resources, anything you’ve added to RarePlanet, including blog posts to a group or campaign.
You can add more about yourself by editing your public profile – you’ll find the form under “my Settings”.
Under My RarePlanet > My Campaignsis a list of the campaigns you have chosen to follow. From here you can visit any of the campaigns to read their blogs and add comments.
To find more campaigns to follow go to “campaigns” under the general RarePlanet navigation and search by region, threat or species. Select a campaign, then find the big “follow this campaign” button on the campaign’s overview page.
Under My RarePlanet > My Groups is a list of the groups you are following or are a member of.
From here you can visit any of the groups to read their blogs and add posts, resources or make comments.
To find more groups to join go to “community” under the general RarePlanet navigation. You can also create new groups!
Under My RarePlanet > My Blog is your personal blog.
This is a space for you to share anything you’d like with the RarePlanet world. Anyone following you will see your posts. If you are a Campaign Manager, though, it’s recommended that you post your blogs within your campaign to receive more exposure.
To add a blog go to My Settings > Create Blog Post.
Under My RarePlanet > My Reports is a section that allows you to see progress reports for many of the different campaigns.
Two notes: not everyone has permission to see these reports (if you need this access for your job please contact the webmaster).
And second, these reports often take a LONG time to load – this is normal.
From the Campaigns tab you can search for campaigns by region, threat or species. You can then click on the campaign name to go to that campaign’s page.
Loreto Bay: Example Campaign PageOverview Page provides purpose and context
Change information displayed on the main campaign pages, including Theory of Change.
Create Blogs for the Campaign
Upload photos, videos and other documents.
From the Community tab you can search for RarePlanet members, partner organizations or groups. You can filter your search by region (such as North America), action (such as land/water management), threat (such as agriculture and aquaculture) or discipline (such as climate change).
You can click on a member’s name to be taken to his or her personal profile on RarePlanet.
The Partner directory leads you to individual pages for partner organizations. These are usually the local partners involved in Rare campaigns.
Any registered user on RarePlanet can create a new group – there is a large directory of groups created on Social Marketing, various conservation projects, and each cohort has a group.
Translate Group content using Google Translate
Read the Group’s Mission Statement
Join or leave the group
Spread the word: Share Group content using social media
What’s Happening: Recent blog updates and new resources
See other members of the Group
Click on blog post titles to read more and add comments
Check out the forum great discussions and questions
Rare’s Intranet Group Resources page has a wealth of videos, photos, documents and how-to guides.
You can use the filters to help find what you’re looking for.
These items are only available to staff, so they will not show up in the general RarePlanet website search results.
Go to ‘Actions’ to add a blog post, forum topic or resource to the Staff Intranet Group.
Paste from Word document
If you see these characters in your blog, chances are you copied and pasted from Microsoft Word or even your email.
It’s ok to do that – if you use the ‘paste as plain text’ or ‘paste from word’ options in the blog editor.
Don’t paste directly into the body.
On most groups and campaigns, the default for blog posts is “public” – meaning anyone on RarePlanet can see that post, not just members of the group or campaign. To make a post “private” make sure this checkbox is NOT checked.
On some groups, such as the Rare Intranet, public posts have been disabled – meaning you will not be able to publish your post unless that ‘public’ box is unchecked.
Spam posts or comments on RarePlanet are usually REALLY easy to recognize – they look something like the post here, with every other word a hyperlink. If you see spam, let me know!
All you have to do is click the “flag for moderator review” on a blog or comment. That automatically sends me a notification so that I can remove the comments or post and block the user.
To embed a video in your blog make sure the video is uploaded to a site like Vimeo or YouTube that provides embed code like shown in this picture. For YouTube in particular RarePlanet prefers the “use old embed code” option. Set the width and height first, then copy the embed code.
In RarePlanet in the ‘create blog’ form look for the ‘source’ button and select this. That will allow you to paste html into the body field. Paste in your embed code. Then hit ‘source’ again to return to the regular editor mode. Finish editing your blog and don’t forget to save!
Additionally, you can upload your video as a file attachment to a blog or resource.
International programs means content in many languages. Rare offers two ways to translate content on the RarePlanet website.
1. Use the translation drop-down in the upper right-hand corner to change the site navigation to one of the four languages Rare operates in. This will translate the “framework” of the site – navigation, links, etc.
2. On most specific content types, like blog posts, use the Google Translate widget on the right side to translate content from any language into almost any language. The translation is usually good enough to get the gist of the story.
*See a translation that’s wrong? Let me know! I might be able to fix it.
Many parts of the world do not have access to high-speed, dependable internet – but you can still use most of the features of RarePlanet by switching to
found at the very bottom of every RarePlanet page.
The low bandwidth version has been optimized to work without high-speed internet and without putting a high bandwidth demand on servers.
The “What’s Happening on RarePlanet” Weekly Digest!
RarePlanet sends you an email each Sunday with a recap of recent activity from campaigns you manage or follow and groups you’re a member of. You can customize your email settings or the email address associated with your account from MyRareplanet > My Settings > Edit My Public Profile
building a network of conservationists