Projects | Creating Projects
To create a project via the admin, go to the Projects menu in your WordPress
This is where IgnitionDeck projects are added and where you can also view and update existing IgnitionDeck projects like adding or updating descriptions, prices, levels, images, and campaign dates.
Add New Project
To add a new project, simply click the “Add New Projects” link in the menu or to the right of the “Projects" title above the list of Projects.
You should see a screen come up that is very similar to the default WordPress "Add New Post" screen with the addition of several IgnitionDeck options defined below.
Skip the default Content field/block area, and head right for the Project options.
Fill out the required information to make your Project live.
- Post Title – This is the name of your project. This is what will show on all project pages and decks. This field is mandatory.
- Campaign End Options – Choose how to handle the campaign end. Leave "open" to keep collecting payments even after the date passes, and choose ‘closed’ to remove pledge button when the end date arrives. Setting the project as "open" will also remove the end date from the project and project grid. Ending options can be edited at any point by the admin.
- Funding Goal – this is the amount you wish to raise. Your big goal, and what the Progress Bar of the deck will calculate against. This field is mandatory.
- Fundraising Start and End Dates – This is the date you will stop accepting funding. These fields are mandatory. Closing dates can be edited by the admin after a project has been published and can also be edited after a project ends should you wish to reopen a closed project.
- Short Description – This is the short description of your whole project, used for the regular, mini, and embed decks. This also displays in the Project Grid and the Grid Shortcode.
- Long Description – This is the long description of your project, used for displaying content below the video field. This is filled in to assist in the use of Shortcodes. Particularly the product_page_complete shortcode. We suggest you create this in your Content Editor up above, and then cut and paste it to the Long Description field. This is also the main field used in Theme 500.
- Video Embed Code – you may enter any form of html content here, but this field will support most embed formats, including YouTube, Vimeo, and Viddler. In order to display the video, simply enter the URL of the video (i.e. https://youtu.be/123abc456efg). You may also use an Image in this field – using the image html
<img src="path-to-image.jpg" />
- Project Reward Levels
- Level Title—This is a very short description of your reward level (i.e. "Silver supporter", "Gold supporter", or simply "Donate").
- Level Price—this is the minimum value to be paid by your supporters for that reward. For a Pay What You Want / Donation set the minimum donation amount (i.e. 1).
- Short Description—this will appear as a brief summary on the checkout page along with the reward level title.
- Long Description—you can add additional information on the reward here on what the supporter may receive or what the pledged money will accomplish with this level.
- Level Limit—You can limit the number of times a reward is supported by setting a value in this field. For example if you have 100 t-shirts available for a reward, you can set the limit to 100. If no limits are needed, leave the field blank.
- Level Order—Reward levels are organized by default; however, if a reward level is added at a future point and needs to be inserted between existing levels, this field can be used to accomplish that. The level that should appear first in the list must be numbered as 0, with following levels numbered sequentially. IMPORTANT—if the level list does not start with 0, the rewards levels will not connect correctly and result in errors at the checkout. If you rearrange levels and find that your level 1 reward shows up with the level 2 price, etc.—this is why.
- Adding and Deleting Reward Levels – if you wish to offer multiple prices and support levels (e.g. Give $5 and get x, give $10 and get y), you should enter those here. Simple click ‘Add Level’ to add another one. If you leave any additional reward levels blank, they will not be saved as a level. Note: When deleting a level, it will delete your last level added.Important: if you need to reorder the reward levels at any point, the order numbering must start with 0 and not 1 otherwise an error will be created in the lightbox menu.
- FAQ – This field is not mandatory, but is a great place to add additional information. This text will be displayed in a special collapsible container, below the video and long description. You may format your FAQ however you’d like.
- Updates – This field is not mandatory, but is a great place to add project updates. This text will be displayed in a special collapsible container. You can provide small updates to the project here, or create links to Blog Posts about your updates.
- Featured Image – To set an image at the top of your published project, use the WP Featured Image field to upload/select an image from the media library. For best results, images should be at least 800 px wide but this will vary depending on your theme. The featured image will display automatically on any project page created manually via a shortcode or automatically via the default IgnitionDeck project template. Additional images can be inserted into the Project Long Description, FAQ, and Updates fields using
<img src="path-to-image.jpg" />
Please note: that you can not use shortcodes directly within the Project Form fields.
External Purchase Pages
It is possible to set each project to use an external payment page such as to a PayPal donation button or other payment / escrow account. When the supporter clicks on the Support Now button or any reward levels provided in the project, they will be directed to the off-site checkout page automatically.
This option is located in the right hand column of the project form on the admin side of the site (not available for front-end project creators with IgnitionDeck Enterprise).
- Set up a payment button and any associated options in the payment provider.
- Copy the provided URL of the custom checkout form.
- Set the Purchase URL to External URL and paste the copied URL into the field provided.
Important note: any transactions that occur on an external checkout using this method will not be reported back to the IgnitionDeck project. To report progress toward the project's goal, the site administrator will need to manually add the orders via IgnitionDeck » IDCF Orders » Add New.