New users were the primary focus for our development team in the 2.8 release. This update provides some unique tools for those just getting started with online fundraising for the first time.
It’s also useful for agencies, freelancers, and developers who may build fundraising websites for their clients. These new resources are meant to both guide new users through setting up their first form and educate them on how GiveWP works as a whole.
New User Onboarding Wizard
The GiveWP onboarding wizard is the most significant change in the GiveWP 2.8 release. Each screen is focused on helping users accomplish one task at a time to set up their first form and customize the final setup screen.
While this wizard is great for first-time users, we also understand how experienced users may not want to use it. There is a “dismiss” option available to skip the wizard for those who don’t need guided setup.
The GiveWP Getting Started Guide
To accompany the welcome wizard inside our plugin, we’ve also added new Getting Started Guide tutorials on our website. The first one focuses on getting started with WordPress. Then, each goes more into detail about the free GiveWP plugin, our add-ons, an overview of our team and available resources for users, and the benefits of the GiveWP community.
This Getting Started Guide is another step we’re taking to Democratize Generosity. Simplifying how to use WordPress for online fundraising is part of that process.
Lastly, 2.8 includes a variety of improvements for the stability of your donation platform.
- Multi-step forms support right-to-left languages.
- Stripe modal is now powered by Stripe Elements to support “strong customer authentication”
- Improved appearance of required fields in Multi-step form template.
- Default minimum donation amount is changed to $5.00 to encourage best practices in preventing credit card spam.
- Improved compatibility with jQuery changes in WordPress 5.5
- Improved stability of the
[give_receipt]shortcode with page builders
Our Givers Hear About New Features First
We announced this feature first in our GiveWP Community Facebook Group. If you’re on Facebook, join other Givers to see what we’re working on next.