About our eBranches

What can an eBranch do for you?

Membership info panelYour branch or section can get online access to membership lists, a mass email tool and a content management system through Prospect's free eSite system. No need to worry about set-up, design or hosting. All you need is internet access and a web browser.

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Log in now (top right of browser) to download the user guides listed at the bottom of the page, get access to a demo eBranch, and see full details of how to apply.

The modules

All branches have a 'starter' eBranch which contains online membership lists. Branch officers automatically get access to this (see 'who gets admin rights' below). If that's all you want, everything you need should already be in place. Branch officers, on your Welcome page you'll see a panel headed 'Your members' - click any of the elements to be taken to your eBranch.

There are a number of other modules available on request to web@prospect.org.uk:

  1. eBranch quickstart guideMembers-only web pages. With this module you will have a home page that only your members can see. Make sure it includes a welcome message and a named contact for the branch. You can create up to ten other members-only pages.
  2. Upload documents
  3. Publish brief news updates
  4. Send mass emails to your members or reps without the need to maintain your own distribution lists
  5. Host a members-only discussion forum
  6. create up to ten 'public' web pages for recruitment or campaign purposes.

If you use any of the content modules (1, 2, 3, 5, 6), when your members log into their welcome page they will see a link to your eSite.

Before deciding whether to use content modules 1, 2 or 3, check how many of your members are able to log into the website. This info is shown at the top of your membership list page. If only a low percentage have a website password, many of your members won't be able to see your content, so you may want to focus on using the mass email module.  

If you want to go ahead with the content modules, we suggest a staged approach, starting with modules 1, 2 and 3. When you're comfortable with these modules and have generated some content, you can think about adding module 6. Be aware that public web pages are exactly that. They will be the public face of your Prospect branch, and will be indexed by search engines such as Google, so it's important that your content is accurate, up-to-date and well-written.

We suggest that you only use the discussion forum module if there is a current workplace issue that your members feel strongly about.

Who gets admin rights?

  • Some branch officers – secretary, assistant secretary, M&R secretary, organiser, chair/president/convenor and vice-chair – automatically get full admin rights to whichever modules their branch is using .
  • If you want other reps to have admin rights you'll need to designate them as an eSite administrator or a Communications rep; let your negotiating team know so they can record this on our membership database.
    • eSite admins can only manage content (modules 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 above) - they can manage pages, upload documents, post news updates, look after the discussion forum. They don't get access to bulk email or membership lists.
    • Communications reps can manage content and send mass emails (module 4); they can also be given access to your membership lists, but this isn't automatically granted - you need to specifically request this by contacting web@prospect.org.uk.
  • Access to online membership lists and mass email is only available to branch/section officers and communications reps
  • Your full-time officer, organiser and/or other Prospect staff in your negotiating team automatically get admin rights.

If your branch has sections, the section officers can access membership lists through their eSection - they don't get access to your branch lists.

Please note that this system doesn't extend down to sub-section level.

Contact web@prospect.org.uk for further information.

Prospect's eSite admin guide   info
Full instructions for administrators of our eSite system for branches, sections, groups, networks and sectors. Version 9 - November 2020.

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