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Welcome to AAUW’s Site Resources Website!

Through AAUW’s Site Resources program, we create and host free websites for AAUW’s branches and states. Join more than 540 other branches and master your website long before your next meeting! Sign up for a new website today or request a free, no-obligation website review below to learn more about our program.

PayPal Support

You can update your branch sites to have a PayPal checkout button, which allows you to accept donations for your branch through your website, or to charge a registration fee for an event.

Site Resources websites require a bit of code editing before the button can be inserted on your site.  This step by step guide will walk you through the process so that you can get started accepting payments through your site!

PayPal’s Code

When you acquire the PayPal code from your branch’s PayPal account, it should look like this:

<form action=”https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr” method=”post” target=”_top”>
<input type=”hidden” name=”cmd” value=”_s-xclick”>
<input type=”hidden” name=”hosted_button_id” value=”HRWFEJ9YVUTCY“>
<input type=”image” src=”https://www.paypalobjects.com/en_US/i/btn/btn_paynowCC_LG.gif” border=”0″ name=”submit” alt=”PayPal – The safer, easier way to pay online!”>
<img alt=”” border=”0″ src=”https://www.paypalobjects.com/en_US/i/scr/pixel.gif” width=”1″ height=”1″>

I have changed the text color of the important part of the code, which you will insert into the new shortened code that actually works on our websites. This is your branch’s merchant id, or how PayPal designates the money should go to you.

The New Shortened Code

Replace the highlighted text below with your branch’s id (the highlighted string of letters/numbers above). This is the code that will actually be inserted on your website:

<a href=”https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id= HRWFEJ9YVUTCY” target=”_blank”><img class=”aligncenter” src=”https://www.paypalobjects.com/en_US/i/btn/btn_paynowCC_LG.gif” alt=”” /></a>

Adding the Button to your Site

Copy the entire new code with your branch’s merchant id inserted. On your branch’s website, navigate to the page where the button should be hosted. From there:

  1. Edit the page
  2. Click on the “Text” tab at the top right hand corner of the text entry box.  You should see the Visual tab (which allows you to see visually what your page will look like) and the Text tab (which shows you the actual HTML code behind what your page will look like).
  3. Find the location in the page where the button should be placed.  You may see sets of tags – directions for the page to follow when showing your information – contained in < >.  Make sure you’re entering  your new HTML outside a closed tag.  In other words, make sure you’re not pasting the code inside a set of brackets containing an HTML tag.
  4. Paste the HTML code into the page.
  5. Update the page and view it to make sure everything looks right.
  6. Click on the button you just created to make sure it’s working correctly. You can close the tab or window that opens without paying.


From the “Text” tab.

<h3>Come to our branch meeting!</h3>
The meeting will take place in this location</br>
There will be a meal charge of (insert amount here)</br></br>
Please RSVP by (insert date here) to (insert e-mail address here)</br>
Click the PayPal link below to pay for your meal.</br>

<a href=”https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&amp;hosted_button_id= HRWFEJ9YVUTCY” target=”_blank”><img class=”aligncenter” src=”https://www.paypalobjects.com/en_US/i/btn/btn_paynowCC_LG.gif” alt=”” /></a>

Will produce this:

Come to our branch meeting!

The meeting will take place in this location
There will be a meal charge of (insert amount here)
Please RSVP by (insert date here) to (insert e-mail address here)
Click the PayPal link below to pay for your meal.

If you need help, contact the Site Resources team.

Tips for Photos on your Website

There has been quite a bit of mystery related to photos and Site Resources.  I wanted to give you guys a quick tip on choosing photos for your sites.

For help choosing an appropriate photo for your content, review the Full Resource on www.aauw.org.

How to Use Images on your Branch Website

You should always check that the images you use are in an acceptable format for your website. This means that after finding an image based on the tips in this article, you must check these four things: file type, size, resolution, and file name. (Note: This guide was written specifically for use with a Site Resources website but contains good rules to follow for any website.)

1. File type

Your website should contain only these types of images:

  • JPEG (.jpg) images are preferred for photographs
  • PNG (.png) images are preferred for logos and images with large color blocks

If the images you have are in a different format, see if you can get them in a JPEG or PNG version, or check if it’s easy to convert the image into one of those file types.

2. Image size

You want to choose images that will fill the space of your website’s content well without being pixelated. But if your image file is too large, the page will take longer to load, particularly on mobile devices or devices with a poor connection. On Site Resources websites, we recommend the following dimensions:

  • Header images: 960 pixels wide by 250 pixels tall
  • Web page images: 700–750 pixels wide by 300–500 pixels tall

WordPress (the platform that Site Resources websites use) will automatically create a medium (300 pixels wide) and thumbnail-sized (150 pixels wide) copy when you upload an image to your site.

(Hint: To find the image size on your PC, open the folder that contains your photo file. Right click on the file name and select Properties. Under the Details tab, look to Dimensions, which are measured in pixels. On a Mac, open your photo file in Preview, select Tools from the top menu bar, and select Adjust Size. In the window that pops up, you should see the width and height, as well as the resolution.)

Print-quality images are not the same as web-quality images. Read more about selecting images for print.

3. Resolution

Just like for image size, selecting resolution is a balancing act between quality and loading time. Websites don’t require the highest resolution images to still be quality. A good rule to follow is to set your image resolution to 72 dpi (dots per inch — check out this resource for how to find the dpi of your photos). Use this tool to quickly change your image size and resolution (for web images, select Medium Quality.)

Your website can only accept file sizes up to 3 MB (megabytes), but you should shoot for less than 1 MB (or 1,000 KB/kilobytes).

4. File name

File names for your images can be very important in how well your website ranks in search engines like Google and Bing. Use keywords including nouns that describe AAUW, your branch, or your event in the file name to help. The goal is to include as many keywords in a short, descriptive file name as possible. Eliminate extraneous words such as “compressed” or “small.” Numbers and letters that are not a part of the actual photo file name should be removed, too.

Look at these examples for do’s and don’ts in naming an image featuring your friend Sue at an AAUW table at a local event.

Sue at the table.jpg

AAUW table at fundraiser for NCCWSL scholarship.jpg

The last option is the best in terms of keywords and will benefit you both on search engines and for easy use of your branch’s photo archives.

These tips can make all the difference in your branch’s online image. Make sure your website is reflecting how inspiring and fun your branch or state work really is!

Content Suggestions – November 6, 2015

We have prepared some resources for your website and social media.  Choose the ones you like, and share them with your followers. All this content has been pre-approved and edited. It is ready to post! Simply let me know which parts you want to add to your site, or share the content directly on social media.


About the campaign:

To commemorate 100 years since the passage of the 19th Amendment, the U.S. Treasury has announced it will put a woman on the $10 bill in 2020. But, the average woman is paid just 79 cents on the dollar, compared to men. To illustrate the irony of the situation, AAUW is making it easy to put your face on the real $10 bill and share it far and wide. Add your face in less than two minutes and call for real change at TheReal10.com.

Shareable image:

the real 10

To download the image to share: Right click on the image, Save it to your own computer, Then share on your own media!

Text for sharing:

Join the fight for fair pay! Select your ethnicity, upload your image, and show everyone what ‪#‎TheReal10 looks like for you.



Facebook link so you can share the campaign right from the AAUW Facebook page to your own: https://www.facebook.com/AAUW.National/posts/10153966867731487

Twitter link, so you can easily retweet about the campaign: https://twitter.com/AAUW/status/661715311989772288

Create your own 10: TheReal10.org

Other Topics:

These are posts from the AAUW Blog, which can be shared on social media or used as content on your branch’s website.

4 Things I Learned from My Mother Working in STEM

This article was written by Seaira Christian-Daniels, an AAUW Intern. It’s a great piece that touches on so many issues that AAUW cares about.  Check it out and share it with your following using the social media sharing tools or share it on your own blog.

Elect Her Sites 2016

Is your city the home of an elect her site? Share the list!

Elect Her is the only program in the country that encourages and trains college women to run for student government and future political office. A collaboration between AAUW and Running Start, Elect Her addresses the need to expand the pipeline of women candidates and to diminish the longstanding political leadership gender gap.

Ratify the ERA

To ratify a constitutional amendment, three-quarters of states must then agree to the proposed amendment. To date, the ERA has only been ratified by 35 of the necessary 38 states, leaving men and women unequal under the U.S. Constitution.

The Equal Rights Amendment is a proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex.

Section 1: Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.

Section 2: The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.

Section 3: This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification.

Read (and share!) the full post here.

Be sure and check out the AAUW Blog for way more content that you can share and use or adapt for your own website!