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Instructions for creating your own widget

Quelle: www.stop-ttip.org

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1) Go to http://stop-ttip.org/de/testseite/

2) The form field that you see on this page is our widget for signature collection.

3) In the bottom right corner, below the logo, click on “Share”

4) Below “Tell your friends” click on “Embed this”

5) Choose from two widget types: “Embed” is the widget type you see on this test page. “Pop-up” is useful for narrow pages or page sidebars. Here is an example of what a “pop-up” widget would look like: http://stop-ttip.org/pop-up-test/. You can still change the widget type once you have created the widget, so don’t worry if you don’t know yet which one to choose.

6) Width: In most cases, it is best to choose “auto”. This means that the widget automatically takes the full width available on your website. If you want to restrict the width, you can choose a specific value from the drop-down menu. Again, you can adjust this setting later.

7) Choose the language your widget should be displayed in. If your language is not yet available, send us an email (cornelia.reetz@stop-ttip.org).

8) “Opt-in confirmation landing page”: This is the page that users are redirected to, after they have signed the ECI and have clicked the link in the confirmation email they received. It would be best if you create your own landing page and copy the url here. You find a suggested text for the landing page below. If you don’t have a landing page yet, please keep the standard landing page on the Stop TTIP website (http://stop-ttip.org/thank-you-for-taking-action/). You can change the landing page in your widget settings whenever you want.

9) Fill in your email address and organisation, then click “generate widget”

10) A short html code appears in the field at the bottom. This is the embed code that will make the widget appear on your own website. Copy the full code and hand it over to your web administrator. He/She will know where to integrate it into your website.

11) You receive an email from Stop TTIP. (If not, check your junk folder!!) Click the validation link in this email. Don’t delete the email. You will need it again...

12) Create a new PoliCAT account by filling in your details. All fields are required! The page sometimes freezes. If that happens, refresh and start from scratch. (Sorry, if that happens!) Don’t give up until a message appears that asks you to check your inbox.

13) You receive another email. Click the validation link in this email to activate your account.

14) You can now login to your PoliCAT account.

15) Important last step: Go back to the first email you received from PoliCAT (the email about validating your widget) and click the “validate” link again. You are now offered the option to “Connect widget with account”. Done!


Can I access the data of signatories?

Yes. Every signatory is asked whether they want to receive further information about this or other campaigns. If they agree to receive further information, you can ask us to transfer the address and email data collected in your own widget(s) to you. At the moment, we haven’t completed setting up the system for this data transfer. However, rest assured that you will receive all the data collected from the very start of our campaign. The system should be up and running in about 1-2 weeks. You will have to agree to our privacy policies (i.e. you must guarantee the proper use of the data and that you will keep it safe) in order to receive the data. More information on this will follow soon. Sorry for the delay but we really wanted to start collection as soon as possible and rolling out the system to all 250 of you is quite a feat. Getting the data to you is our next priority once the collection has started.

How can I edit my widget?

You can change the information provided in the steps above (widget type, width, landing page etc.) by login in to your PoliCAT account at any time. Choose “widget” from the black menu bar on top. You’ll find a list of your widgets and you can edit each of them individually.

Can I have more than one widget?

Yes, you can have as many widgets as you need. However, please keep it simple for us to keep an overview by not creating more than two widgets! Normally, you will only need one widget as you can use the same widget in multiple pages. Simply us the same html code to embed the widget in multiple locations on your website or the website of your local groups. Please only create a second widget if you need to change the widget type (for instance if you need a pop-up widget for your website’s sidebar).

When does collection start?

Online collection starts on midnight in the night between Monday 6 and Tuesday 7, October. From now until Monday 11am CET, the system will be set on “live” for test purposes only. This allows you to test the user flow (= sign the ECI and make sure it all works and that all the translations are correct). However, I will delete all data that is entered in this test phase! Do not publish the widget on your website yet as people will think they can sign the ECI but in fact their entries will be deleted! For now, only use the widget on pages that cannot be accessed by the public! After 11am on Monday, you can embed the widget in a public spot on your website. From this point in time, the campaign will be set on “inactive” which means that the widget will display a message “the campaign will start on 7 October” and people will not be able to sign yet.

Preparing your website

Where to place the widget?

The widget can be embedded almost everywhere on your website. You may choose to place it on your start page as a pop-up widget or you may create a separate page on which you provide background information and ask people to sign the ECI.

Suggested context information above or below the widget (sample text: please translate into your own language and adapt as you see fit):

·         The EU and the United States are currently negotiating the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). CETA, a similar agreement with Canada, is close to ratification. These agreements threaten to overturn democracy, the rule of law, environmental and consumer protection in favour of economic interests. It is mainly large corporations that will benefit, to the detriment of all others. But we can still stop TTIP and CETA. We urgently need your help to achieve this: please sign our European Citizens’ Initiative!

·         The Self-organised European Citizens’ Initiative is a joined action of more than 250 civil society organisations from 23 EU member states. We are aiming to collect more than 1 million signatures across Europe to tell the European institutions that we want TTIP and CETA to be stopped.

Suggested text for the landing page

What do we mean by landing page? This is the page that signatories are redirected to after they have signed the ECI. Now that they have participated themselves, you can ask them to take further action. We are currently preparing a landing page for the Stop TTIP website. Here is what it looks like at the moment: http://stop-ttip.org/thank-you-for-taking-action/

We are still optimising our landing page but feel free to use our text and translate it into your own language! We are happy to create a landing page in your language on the Stop TTIP Website if you provide us with a translation! Alternatively, you can create a landing page on your own websites and redirect people there (you can set the landing page in your widget’s settings). Whatever you do, make sure to give people a chance to spread the word!