Last week, the SHATIL web site entered its third incarnation since its founding in 2001. The first site had 50 visitors per day, the second, up to 5,000. The most popular feature on the website has always been the classified ad section, which advertises jobs and volunteer opportunities in Israel's social sector. That popularity proved to be a challenge. How to get visitors to the site to find out about SHATIL's and other social organziations' many activities and campaigns? To respond to this challenge, Hanan Cohen, our web-savvy web master, introduced a sophisticated navigation system with shortcuts between different parts of the website to expose social change content to all visitors to the site.
In the upgraded classified and events calendar sections, visitors can upload and edit content independently. New features include on-line libraries featuring socially relevant research papers, news items, links, government reports – in short, any digital content of use to social change organizations. The library contains sections on youth at risk, micro finance, Bedouin education, and more.
The English web site can be found at http://shatil.org.il/sites/english. On it, you can watch short filmed interviews with activists who have benefited from SHATIL's work and read about SHATIL 's accomplishments in its 25 years of social change work.
Web-savvy readers will be interested to know that the new site is based on Drupal, a sophisticated, open source content management system.