Last month, we announced GiveSignup’s new Website Builder for Ticket Events, and now it’s available for all Donation Websites. Design and build your own high-quality donation websites in minutes. Include images, video, playlists, call-to-action buttons and formatted text on your Donation Website — no coding skills needed. Donation Websites are free and easy to create and even easier to manage with the Website Builder.
This blog walks through how to navigate the Website Builder and add different content types to your Donation Website, as well as a peek of what’s coming next to the Website Builder!
- Navigate to the Website Builder
- Rearrange Sections
- Add and Edit Sections
- What’s Coming Next
Navigate to the Website Builder
To access the Website Builder, type “Website Builder” into the menu search on your Donation Website Dashboard. Then, click the link to go to the Website Builder.
The Website Builder gives you an intuitive and easy interface to add custom sections that feature your nonprofit’s content. You will see some default sections that are automatically generated for your website based on information that you completed in the Donation Website Wizard. Note that you can still enable a cover page for your Donation Website when you use the Website Builder. Your custom content will appear on the Donation Info tab of your website.
You can easily rearrange the order that content appears on your website. There are drag-and-drop handles on the left side of each section tile to easily move sections around. There are also up-and-down arrows that make it easy to rearrange expanded sections on a desktop or on mobile.
You will have the same options to rearrange the order that content appears within a section. For example, you can rearrange the order that text and a call-to-action button appear within the same section.
Add and Edit Sections
To add a new content section to your website, click Add Section on the right navigation panel. There is also an option to add a new section at the bottom of the Website Builder to make it easy to add more content as you are building your website.
There are two options when you add a section: Single Column or Two Column.
When you create a new section, you have the option to add a title in the top text box.
The gear allows you to customize section settings, including adding a section URL that allows you to link to a specific section on the website and an option to hide the section. In the future, we will add more settings, including a publish date so that you can set a specific date or timeframe when you want a piece of content to show. There is also a trashcan to delete a section.
After adding content to a section, you’ll also have the option to customize the background color. Note that the color choices available are linked to your Donation Website’s theme colors that are set in the dashboard.
Click the plus sign on any section to start adding your content. You can click Save at the top-left of the page at anytime to save your custom sections.
When you add custom text, an editor will appear to give you flexible formatting options, including headers and extensive format options.
You can add CTA buttons throughout your content sections. Buttons can redirect to common actions on the donation website, like the donation page. They can also be used for any custom URL; for example, you may want to link attendees to your ticket event websites to purchase tickets. After adding a button to any section, click Edit Me to customize. The preview of the button will update in real time as you add button text and choose a color.
When you add an image, you will have an easy upload option that allows you to drag and drop or search for an image to add. Once you’ve add an image, there is an Image Options dropdown that gives you formatting options to customize the alignment and size.
To add an image to an existing text block, click the image icon in the upper-right corner. You will have the same flexible alignment and sizing options when adding an image to a text block.
To add a YouTube video to a custom section, paste the video ID in the text box.
The website builder will use the cover image from the YouTube video. When a supporter clicks to view the video, it displays nicely on the website with a pop-out viewer to play the video, and the supporter can easily return to the website when done. This is an easy way to include video content without redirecting your website visitors to a different URL.
You can also feature playlists from Spotify, YouTube, or Apple Music. This is a fun way to add more interactive content to your website. When you paste the link to a playlist, there is a nice display formatting that shows the playlist directly on your website.
What’s Coming Next
There are many more features planned for the Website Builder to give your nonprofit even more design and custom website capabilities. Here is what is coming in the next six months:
- Pages and Menus: Your nonprofit will be able to add unlimited pages to a website and arrange pages into menu display options with two tiers of organization.
- Data Components: When you add a cover page to your website, you can choose to display different data components, like a donation goal or top fundraisers. We will add the ability for your nonprofit to display these components and more on any page and custom section. This lets your website run on autopilot, with items like dates, price increases, donation goals, fundraiser leaderboards, photos, and more, automatically updating without you making website updates.
GiveSignup’s new Website Builder gives your nonprofit a free and easy way to design websites for each ticket event. Feature your brand and your mission with a free website that’s seamlessly integrated with ticket sales, donations and your event data.