How do I accept payments via my website?

There are lots of ways to accept payments online.  Currently, LPsites.org doesn’t support SSL certificates for it’s websites*, which means that we don’t encrypt the traffic coming into and out of your website so any payment forms need to either be on a third party service (ex. Paypal) or exist as SSL secured iFrames.

Paypal is one of the most popular, and it allows you to accept both Paypal credits as well as any credit cards. We recommend that service.
You can generate Paypal embed codes with Paypal Buttons. Log into Paypal and go here.  here: https://www.paypal.com/buttons/
You can accept Bitcoin with embed codes from Coinbase Commerce. Log in and go here.
You can also link out to any third party donation service such as GoFundMe.
* Setting up SSL is technically possible but time consuming to set up and expensive to maintain. If SSL is essential for your affiliate, we can set it up for around $100 fee. Contact us if this is a requirement.

How do I build a nice website?

Once you’ve become familiar with the basic functionality of WordPress, the next step is to start building a site for your affiliate.

Websites are easy to change and update, so our general recommendation is to get something simple up FAST and then improve on it over time.

Here are a few ideas for how to do that:

  • Most affiliate serve similar purposes, so don’t be afraid to copy and pages and menus of other affiliate sites. Common pages for your menu include: (1) News, (2) Events, (3) About, (4) Join, (5) Contact.
  • If you’re more comfortable using a Word processor to write content, do that. Use Google Docs and you can collaborate with other people in your chapter on site content. Then, when your content is ready, simply copy/paste it into WordPress. The formatting should transfer automatically and you’ll be ready to go.
  • Good websites have nice pictures, and lots of them! So collect a bunch of pictures from your community, the internet, etc and put them all in a shared folder using Google Drive or Dropbox. Then pick a few of your favorites for your website. But keep adding photos to the folder – you’ll be happy you did when you’re looking for more posts and pages to publish.
  • Embedding HTML code is easy with WordPress via the text editor.  That means you can embed Mailchimp forms, Facebook and Twitter Widgets, YouTube videos and Google Forms in your sites pages and in it’s sidebar and footer widgets. Give it a try!

How do I learn WordPress?

WordPress is the world’s most popular Content Management System (CMS) with over 25% of all websites using it. It is open source software, which means once we put it on our server we own it completely. No liscensing fees. No restrictions in how we use it.

Since it’s very popular there are lots of resource out there for learning WordPress. Here are a few:

WordPress.org Official Guides

WPBeginner Guide

Libertarian Party IT Help Desk

How do I point my domain at your servers?

You need to associate your domain name (internet address/URL) with our servers so that your new website can be accessed with your domain name. This requires logging into your “registrar” and pointing the “DNS” to our hosting account’s “name server”. This might sound intimidating but it’s actually really easy.

If you’re using NameCheap.com as your registrar you can follow the instruction here. If you’re using a different registrar, search their knowledge base for “DNS to NameServer” or chat with their support people.

Tip: If you’re using your domain to host email accounts (ex. myname@countylp.org), those email accounts will stop working when you change your nameserver.

Point your nameservers to:

NS1: dns1.namecheaphosting.com

NS2: dns2.namecheaphosting.com

Let us know when you’ve finished pointing your nameservers so we know you’re ready to move forward with a site.

How do I buy a domain name?

Buying a domain name is as easy as online shopping. People buy domain names from “registrars” who will sell you yearly access to that domain name for a fee: usually between $10-$12.

We recommend Namecheap.com is a good registrar.

Pick a domain name that is short, easy to remember and hard to misspell.  Don’t buy a name with dashes in it.

We recommend making your name countynamelp.org. For example: brooklynlp.org

Domain names are brands. People can become passionate about them. Don’t let that passion get in the way of acting quickly. It’s important to get up your own website up ASAP as buy one now.