Welcome to Indivisible.blue 2.0

Though I haven’t kept this blog up to date very well lately, this network of Indivisible sites is still going strong, and still growing. In addition to adding new sites, and keeping the software here humming along smoothly, I have some exciting news to share with you.

First is a new partnership between Indivisible.blue and Indivisible Austin.

Though a lot of folks have assumed that since Indivisible.blue hosts WordPress sites and is based in Austin, that my own local group’s WordPress site was also hosted here. But as one of the earliest organizations in the nation founded on the Indivisible Guide, their site predated this one. I did work with them to make their popular and attractive theme available to sites on Indivisible.blue. And I’ve been very happy to host sites for some of their affiliated groups, like TX LEGE, TX-25, and last summer’s Cornyn Stakeout.

But recently the collaboration between Indivisible Austin and Indivisible.blue took a big step forward. Thanks to the data portability built in to WordPress, we have moved the entire site to the Indivisible.blue network! I’m happy to help free up a little of the group’s resources, which can be more focused on the primary work of activism in Central Texas. And as Indivisible.blue continues to grow, it’s great to have the backing of a strong, active group.

Speaking of growing the number of sites we host here, the second exciting announcement is a significant boost in helping organizations get their new websites off the ground more quickly. Though WordPress expertise is widespread, and how-to information is common, there have been more instances than I care to admit where groups didn’t quite manage to get their new Indivisible.blue site up and running.

Now, thanks to the extensive research and hard work of Indivisible Somerville, we’re thrilled to provide hosting for Activism.website. This fully fleshed-out, template-based site can be cloned with the click of a button to provide new sites with a solid base to build on.

Out of the box, a new site based on Activism.website features: an event calendar, mission and team bio pages, member tracking, donations, volunteer management, and more. As the getting-started page says:

In addition to talking to groups across the country about their needs, our team analyzed almost 1000 websites of new progressive organizations nationwide to find the sites and solutions that looked good, worked well, and fit the needs of the group without requiring technical skills or resources. We did all the research for you so you can focus on what you do best – engaging your community.

The original mission of Indivisible.blue was to help Indivisible groups across the country organize online, in ways that complement – but remain independent from – closed, sometimes toxic platforms like Facebook and Twitter. With this new partnership with Indivisible Austin, and new tools like hosting for Activism.website sites, we’re ready to expand this help to any other progressive groups that can use it. This support remains free of charge or advertisements.

If you’re interested in getting on board, get in touch!

Sept. Update: This Network is Now Free

Yes, this project is still a going concern, and yes, it’s easier to say “I’ll write an update every week” than it is to actually do that. But rest assured, software updates and backups have been running right on schedule, regardless of posting regularity.

The news I wanted to share with you is that hosting Indivisible group websites on this network will now be provided free of cost. That has been the case from the start, thanks to an early, generous donation and modest expenses. But I’ve decided to make it official, and permanent: Indivisible.blue is free.

From the start of this project, I wanted to make sure it would be sustainable over the long years ahead of fighting the Trump/GOP agenda. If dozens or hundreds of groups signed up, I didn’t want to be on the hook for hundreds of dollars each month. But now it’s clear that growth in the number of sites has leveled off, and everything is still running fine on a $10/month server. I can live with that. (Though I’m still happy to accept your help if you care to chip in: see the financials page for donation details).

So to all the people who I awkwardly tried to describe the possible, maybe, semi-kinda-sorta estimated price, based on server costs divided by the number of sites based on the phase of the moon – I’m happy to say it’s much simpler now. And you don’t need to worry about the bill-collectors coming to collect $1.28 next month.

And to any new folks: come on in; it’s not too late. We have plenty of room to grow, so get in touch.

#Resist!

Akismet activated for all sites

Thanks to prodding from a site admin (hi, Shea!), I dug in tonight and got the Akismet comment-spam blocking plugin activated for all sites on Indivisible.blue. Which means that spam comments left on your sites’ posts will now automatically be filtered out. Admins of individual sites don’t have to do anything, no API key to sign up for or enter. (If you want to adjust the couple of options, visit “Jetpack -> Akismet” on your dashboard.)