To make your page unique, personalise any setting where you see the Edit Icon.
The name of your chosen template is displayed at the top of Page Settings, with a thumbnail image. If you wish to navigate back to the template description, simply click on the template name.
Fundraising Page / Message Board
When creating a page, you can choose whether you want to use the page to raise money for charity (Fundraising Page) or just to display messages (Message Board).
If you want to raise money through your page, choose Fundraising Page.
If you are logged into a Charity Account, you will only be able to fundraise for your own charity.
Supporters can choose to raise money for any charity that has fully registered with Visufund. If you cannot find the charity you want to support, you may wish to contact your chosen charity and ask them to sign up for a free charity account. Once they have signed up, you will be able to create fundraising pages for your chosen charity.
When you receive any donations through your page, the money is sent directly and securely to the charity's own account. You do not need to do anything else to ensure that your donations reach the charity safely.
If you don't want to fundraise, just click Switch to a message board. Please note, this feature is only available on selected templates.
Message Board pages allow you to collect and display messages without asking for donations.
Give your page a title so other people can find it easily. You can choose any title you like - charities might choose to use the name of a fundraising appeal (eg. Light Up A Life 2020), and supporters might choose a more personal title for their page (eg. Tom's Marathon Challenge).
The title of your page is important as it appears in various places:
- Thank you emails - When someone supports your page, they'll receive an email with a link to view/edit their message. Your page title is included in this email.
- Social media - When you share your page on social media, your page title is displayed
- Online search results - A good page title will improve your SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) and increase the likelihood of your page appearing in online search results.
Your page title is also used to set your page address. You can change this if required.
When you set your page title, the system will automatically create a suggested web address for you - you can change this if you want. This setting is available in Page Settings of all unpublished pages, under the Page address header. Your page address has the following structure:
We advise separating words with hyphens, to make it easier to read and to help search engines understand the content. Once your page has been published, it is not possible to change the address, so please make sure you are happy with it before publishing.
You can use any lowercase letter, number or hyphen to form an address. You must enter at least 3 characters and not exceed 100 characters. You cannot use spaces or any other special characters in a web address.
Expanding pages is a feature which automatically (or manually) expands a page by publishing a new page when one fills up. Expanded pages retain the same web address to the original but contain a parameter at the end of the address. For example, if the above page was expanded to a second page, the new page would have the following address:
Redirects and embedding
If you would prefer to promote your fundraising page using an alternative web address, you will need to set up a redirect link from your preferred address to your Visufund page.
You can also embed your page on your own website and display a live preview of it, by inserting a specially crafted HTML
<iframe> element on your website. Learn more about embedding.
Custom Image / Jigsaw Image
Selected templates allow you to upload your own custom image to display as part of the design. This is a fantastic way to make your page extra personal.
We advise you to upload a high resolution image, and use the cropping tool to ensure your picture is the right size and shape for the frame. You can view your page to see how it looks by clicking the View button.
We offer a selection of different size jigsaw templates for you to create a very special puzzle. Choose the number of pieces you require for your jigsaw by selecting the best template to fit your needs, and upload an image of your choice to be revealed by the puzzle pieces.
Some templates invite you share a photo of your loved one as part of the template. This is a beautiful way to pay tribute to the memory of someone special. When giving to a tribute page, your friends and family will also be able to share their own photos with their messages.
If you're taking part in a running race or cycling event, you can invite others to cheer you on by joining your cheer squad! Share a photo of yourself on the grand stand banner to make your page completely unique.
About Page is your opportunity to talk directly to the people who visit your page. Use this space to write anything that you think will encourage others to contribute.
Visitors to your page will be able to read your story by clicking About Page from the menu. Here, they will be able to find out more about why you have created the page. If your page is a fundraising page, they will also be able to read more about the charity.
Structuring your story
Your story doesn't need to be long. Just a couple of sentences will help people to understand a bit about why you've created the page, what it's for, and how they can help. The following structure works well:
- A bit about you
- If your page is dedicated to someone special, write about them too
- What you hope to achieve through your page
- How people can help
In Page Settings, just below About Page, you will see Display name. This is shown to your page visitors to show who created the page. If you're fundraising on behalf of a group, company or team, you might want to change the Display name to something that your supporters will recognise.
Selected templates allow you to choose a Page Mode when creating a page.
Supporters are invited to select and reveal a specific object on the page with their donation. In some cases, the donor will be able to choose the specific location and/or colour of their object, which makes this a very personal way to give.
For example, one flower/star/light represents one donation.
Your page will automatically expand if your page fills up, so you don't need to worry about running out of available objects.
The page grows to represent progress against a fundraising target.
For example, if you have set the target to £100 and someone donates £50, half of the objects will be revealed.
Fundraising Target & Total
If you are trying to raise a set amount of money through your page, you have the option to give your page a fundraising target. Please note, a fundraising target is required if you have set your page mode to Progressive.
When you set a fundraising target for your page, a progress bar will be displayed in the header of your page to show the total raised. You can change your page target at any time.
If you do not want to set a target, you can still choose to show the total raised.
Thank You Message
When someone contributes to your page, they'll receive an email with a link to view/edit their message.
You can also add your own personal thank you message to this email. A default message is provided, or you can edit this message by clicking on the edit icon.
We advise writing a special Thank You message that relates to your story in About Page. For example, if you asked for donations to pay for new sports equipment, you should use your Thank You message to thank your supporter, tell them what you will be able to buy because they donated and explain how it will make a difference to your work.
Page Share Image
When someone clicks on About Page or you share your page on social media, an image will be displayed. By default, this will be a picture of your chosen template.
You can upload a different image if you prefer. For example, if your page is dedicated to someone special, you might want to share a photo of them here.
We recommend a resolution of 1200px x 630px where possible, to ensure your image displays in its best format.
Message Share Image*
Each message on your page will have its own URL. By default, if a message is shared, the Page Share Image will be displayed. If you want to use a different image for shared messages, you can upload an alternative image here.
You can choose either a solid colour or transparent (invisible) header for your page.
To brand your page, choose the solid colour option and pick a colour from your charity brand.
A logo can also be added to your page - this is displayed in the top left corner of your page. By default, this will be your charity logo but you can upload an alternative image if required. We recommend using a PNG file with an image on a transparent background.
Supporter Fundraising Link*
If you have designed or modified a template and enabled it for supporter fundraising, you can display a button on your page inviting supporters to create their own fundraising page, using one of your templates that you have enabled for supporter fundraising. We will also include a link to your template in the 'Thank you' email when a donation is made.