Online fundraising is one of the most popular forms for nonprofits to raise money. It becomes more and more popular each year. Creating a fundraising website using WordPress is pretty easy and in this article, we will provide all different ways to get there. Make sure you read to the end…
Fundraising WordPress Plugins
A plugin, named WPForms, offers one of the easiest and fastest ways to integrate a fundraising payment method to yoalur WordPress website.
The payment version of WPForms has 4 different plans:
- Basic 40$,
- Plus 100$,
- Pro 200$,
- Elite plan 300$.
The Basic plan will enable you to integrate your fundraising method, so if you don’t aim for something even bigger, you can go for it.
Follow the steps below to properly install and use WPForms
Ones you purchase your WPForms plan, you should go to Downloads and download WPForms as well as the PayPal Standart Addon and the Stripe addon.
Then, go to your dashboard, click on Plugins, and activate these 3 plugins that you have just installed.
After you’ve successfully installed and activated your plugins, you can go ahead and create your donation form. To do that, click on Add New button which is under WPForms, and then click the create a donation form button.
You will see a reminder textbox that reminds you to configure your payments.
Click OK and proceed with the creation of your Donation Form.
The donation form has a few fields – name, email, donation amount, and a comment or a message. You can use multiple choice or dropdown fields instead.
For this tutorial, we are going to show you how to add multiple payment choice fields, together with a few donation amount options, and of course an option that lets users enter their preferred amount.
If you want to add multiple choice, click on the Multiple Items button and then by drag and drop reorder the fields to adjust them just as you want.
Then, you can go ahead and change the label to whatever you want, for example, the Donation Amount.
On the right side of your screen, you will have a preview of how your form looks like.
Next, you will have to make a change to the single item field to make it displayable only when the enter amount option is being clicked.
To do that, click on the Required checkbox.
Then click on the Save button and then you’ve finished your form.
Now you will have to set up the payment integration.
For the tutorial, we are going to guide you through the process of setting the payment integration with PayPal and Stripe
Click on the “Payments” menu of the WPForms plugin, and then select the PayPal standard.
Next, you will have to input your settings on the right side of your screen.
To do that, make sure that you check the Enable Paypal Standart Payments checkbox and then in the input field write down your PayPal account email.
Change the payment type to a donation.
Then, just below that, you can write an URL address where you want to send your visitors if they cancel the checkout process for any reason.
A good approach to this situation would be to try to re-engage them with some relevant post, content, showing them something interesting on your social media or anything that you can think of.
You can also specify shipping address but as long as people pay for a donation, you would like to let this option on Don’t ask for an address
Click save and proceed.
Make sure donators are receiving an email after their donation is done. This is very important in order to confirm the whole process.
To do that, you should customize the email notifications for your form by clicking Settings and then Notifications.
Add New Notification button, to make the donator’s notification, enter a notification name – this could be anything that you want. Then, click on the Show Smart Tags button which is located in the top right corner of the window.
And now you can configure the message that your donator will receive.
When you are done, click save and exit.
It is pretty easy and straightforward.
Accepting Donations Via Stripe
If you want to use Stripe instead of Paypal for some reason, you can also implement it very easily to your website with the WPForms plugin.
Go to your admin dashboard, click on the WPForms menu, then click Addons and then find the stripe addon and install it.
Then click on the connect with the stripe button.
Once Stripe addon is ready to go, you can open the WPForms site, click on the payments tab, and select your currency.
Next, you will be asked to authorize your connection, agree with the requirements and you will be redirected to your admin area.
If everything was successfully configured, you should see a connection status checked with a green tick.
How to Add Stripe To Your WPForms
After you have successfully connected with stripe, you need to add it to your WPForms.
To do that, you should first create a new form or edit any of your existing forms.
To adjust any form to work with Stripe, you need to have at least two of your form fields:
- One for items field – it can be either single, multiple, checkbox or dropdown item.
- Stripe Credit Card Field.
For our tutorial, we have created a simple order form that has Name, Email, Dropdown Items, Total and Stripe Card field.
Now, you need to enable Stripe payments.
To do that, go to Payments and click Enable Stripe Payments, just like you did for Paypal.
After that, you will be able to write down your short payment description.
This description will appear on the user’s payment window when they are paying.
Once you set your payments you are all set. If you want to set Recurring or Subscription payments, it is pretty easy to do it.
It can be done from the same settings panel, just under the Subscriptions section you will see a checkbox that says “Enable recurring subscription payments”.
Check this box and you will see a new one, where you can set some more settings such as plan name, recurring period, and customer email.
Plan name – this is a title for the subscription.
This can be something like “Donation to Y” and this will be how the stripe transaction is named.
Recurring Period – This option lets you choose how often a payment should occur. Whether daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly.
Customer Email – Select an email from your form, where the customer can be found or contacted. This is a required field for stripe subscriptions.
Stripe Conditional Logic
Stripe has an option that includes setting conditional logic in the payments.
The conditional logic lets you create more advanced and smart forms that can be automatically changed based on the selection of the users.
Making conditional forms is a bit more advanced thing to do and you can use the conditional logic for many things such as letting users choose if they want to pay either with PayPal or Stripe, making some payments optional or letting the users submit a one-time donation or a recurring donation.
For our example, we will create a donation form that will include a dropdown menu or a multiple-choice field that enables users to choose between a one-time donation or a recurring donation.
Let’s say that you want to have a one-time donation and a monthly donation.
Then, you have to return under our Stripe tab and you need to set up the payment option for monthly payments. To do this, you need to set the Recurring period of our form to Monthly and enable the conditional logic.
This will let you display the additional field, where you are going to create the conditional rules – for example, you can set a conditional rule that states Donation type – Monthly
You can choose How often you want the payment to reoccur, for example, Monthly. And now, your recurring payment is set.
Adding Your Donation Forms To Your Fundraising Website
After you’ve successfully created your donation form and connected it either with PayPal or Stripe, it is time to put it on your website and let people donate.
Add it to any post or page using a simple shortcode or with placing a donation widget in the sidebar or footer.
To add a new donation page, click on the Add new button under your Pages section of your WordPress dashboard, then click on the new button “Add Form“. You can adjust your form name, and chose whether you want to display its title or description.
Then, a shortcode will appear on your page and you can copy it and use it anywhere you want. You can, for example, add it to any post, blog post, page, or widget.
How To Create a Fundraising Website – Initial Step Guide
After revealing you all the needed steps for the veritable creation of a fundraising website, now let’s move to the initial steps of creating the website.
Video tutorial on creating a Fundraising Website (Quicker Method to Do It):
Follow the steps below to create a website:
What do you need before starting a website.
Before starting site setup process, we strongly advise that you complete the following preparation steps:
- Have a clear idea for the site's domain name. For example, good tip is to make it short and with focused keywords.
- Make sure to have an active credit or debit card so that you can make online purchases with it.
- Make sure you prepare a computer that has stable internet connection.
Step 1: Purchase a domain name and web hosting type.
Step 2: Install WordPress and an appropriate visual theme for your website.
FAQ’s How to Create a Website
What is a Website?
A website is mainly made from web pages that contain related content all classified by a unique domain name (A domain name is your website name. It is the address where Internet users can access your website). On a website, you can post contrasting content connected with the sphere of your website.
There are different types of websites, which you can find on the networking space like:
Interesting Fact: The first website uploaded on the internet went live on August 6, 1991.
How Much Does It Cost to Create a Website?
To find out how much it will cost to create a website, firstly you need to have a clear idea about the type of your website. What it is going to be: e-commerce, blog, educational, etc.
After choosing the best hosting provider, it's time for the right theme for your site, and the plugins, then you can estimate how much it will cost to start your website.
Have in mind that if there are FREE web hosting and free WordPress themes available out there.
Do I Need Any Programing Knowledge for Creating a Website?
Probably yes. Creating a website is not an easy task, and it is good to have some programming knowledge if you are considering creating one, BUT there are also alternatives that you can use for creating your website without having any programming knowledge.
One very popular alternative that you can use is to install a responsive multi-purpose WordPress theme like Avada and set drag & drop page buider, which will help you to customize your website at ease.
Can I Create a Website for FREE?
Once upon a time, it was said that everything is possible, so creating a website for free is possible, although it's hard to achieve without any expense.
To start your free website creation you need to find a free WordPress theme like Astra and to install it on free hosting service like OOOWebHost. After you have already hosted your website on the internet you need to install free plugins, which is the most difficult part. It is problematic to find reliable free plugins. There are some free available like Yoast SEO that can do pretty nice work, but most reliable plugins like WPRocket, which are required for the success of your website are not free.
How Long Does It Take to Create a Website?
This is a question that concerns everyone who is considering making a website. The truth is that there is no specific answer to this question and everything depends on the height of your goal. If you are thinking off creating a small blog you can make your website in a day. But if you are considering making a big online shop or something similar you will need to spend a lot more time.
Which Are the Best Platforms for Creating a Website?
The easiest way to create a website is to use a CMS(Content Management System) website builder platforms like WordPress or Joomla. The CMS platforms can help you create and customize your website without having much coding knowledge.
The Most Popular CMS Platforms:
What Is HTML? - Quick Tutorial.
HTML is the standard markup language used in the web pages, with which you can create your own website. Using the base of the HTML and CSS(Cascading Style Sheets - another web language with which you can put style over the HTML fundamental) languages can be very helpful for making little customization changes to your website.
HTML Code Examle
HTML Element Example
What Is Web Hosting
A web hosting service is a type of Internet hosting service that allows individuals and organizations to upload their websites on the internet. There are different types of hosting services like:
- Shared Hosting (Server shared between many users)
- Dedicated Hosting (A dedicated server only for you)
- VPS Hosting (Virtual Private Server)
- Cloud Hosting (Hosting services that are provided to customers via multiple connected servers that comprise a cloud)