About Indivisible.blue

The Quick Pitch

You want to #resist the reckless, corrupt, and destructive agenda of the Trump Administration and the GOP Congress.

You are part of an Indivisible group or other progressive organization.

You want a full, independent website of your own, beyond Twitter or Facebook, where you can post your Member of Congress’ contact info, FAQs, blog posts about the next call to action…

    but you’re not sure where or how to get that.

That’s what Indivisible.blue is here to save time and energy that can be better spent on the actual work of keeping our nation #indivisible by providing free and easy WordPress hosting for your group. Tell me the name of your group and the email address of your first admin(s), and I’ll have you up and running the same day.

If you already have a website, and want to move it to Indivisible.blue’s WordPress hosting, send me the link to your of old website.

(Jump to the contact form at the bottom of the page if you’re already sold.)

Questions you may have

What’s included?

Lots of features, many of which cost another nickel or dime elsewhere:

  • WordPress core software, always kept up-to-date
  • site monitoring and alerts by Pingability
  • automatic, nightly, off-site backups of the entire network
  • secure hosting with an https certificate
  • two-factor authentication (2FA) logins
  • up-to-date, proactive security precautions

What’s with the ‘.blue’ domain name?

The best common domains ā€“ indivisible.net, indivisible.com, etc. ā€“ were already taken, but ‘indivisible.blue’ was available and and not too expensive. No, this is not an effort of the Democratic party, or limited to those who consider themselves members of it; yes, you can use your own custom domain name if you want to (see below).

I like it, can my group have a URL that ends in “indivisible.blue”?

You sure can, and in fact that’s the faster, easier, least expensive way to set it up. Your site will have a “subdomain”, which means the URL will be like this example site at exampleville.indivisible.blue. That can be your city name, or a district identifier, or whatever makes sense.

I actually don’t like it, can my group have a totally different URL?

Yes! It’ll be up to you to register that domain (I can help, if you need it), and then do a little DNS setup to use my nameservers. Then your site will work with your URL, with no trace of “indivisible.blue” to your visitors.

Are we limited to your themes and plugins?

There are lots of WordPress themes and plugins available, many of which are free (including the theme that Indivisible Austin uses). We have a lot of commonly used ones already installed and available on the network, which you can try out. If there are other themes or plugins that you want, let me know and I’ll get it installed and running.

What will this cost me?

This service is free! A few groups have found it valuable enough to pitch in and cover some of the costs, and while that’s always appreciated, it’s never required. I paid the costs not covered by such contributions for a while, and am glad to now have the financial support of Indivisible Austin. Take that money you’re not paying for hosting and spend it directly on your group’s activism!

Note, however, that if you register your own domain (that is, if you don’t use a subdomain of “indivisible.blue” (see above)), you’ll pay your registrar directly for that, typically $10-$20/year.

I know some WordPress stuff, can I help out?

Yes! The last thing I want is to be a bottleneck in groups getting their website set up, updated, or fixed. The more help I can get, the better! Drop me a line with the contact form below!

Is this only for Indivisible groups?

Supporting groups founded on the Indivisible Guide was the original intention and remains a primary goal, but other groups fighting the good fight and involved in progressive causes are welcome, too. Fill in the form below, and let’s talk!

Who’s behind this?

I’m Chris, a software developer in Texas whose heart broke on November 9th, 2016. One of the bright spots in our country over these dark days has been the rise of Indivisible, within Austin and across the country. I’ve run WordPress networks before, and figured helping with hosting and maintenance might be a useful part to play. Years later, I’m still at it!

Contact

Have more questions, or want to talk about getting started or helping out? Get in touch!

Statue of Liberty header image courtesy Hardat Baraf, Flickr.