Liberal Democrats

Getting Started with Lighthouse

Lighthouse is set up to be as user-friendly as possible, so hopefully navigating is simple and intuitive. 

When you are first given access, you will receive an email with instructions on how to set up your account. 

If you are a superuser, you will need to contact HQ at [email protected] to be given access. If you are a regular user, your superuser will be able to set you up on the system.

In this module:

Logging in

~ 1 minute

How to log into Lighthouse
Step 1 

Open your web browser. In the address bar at the top of the screen, enter the following URL: https://Lighthouse.libdems.org.uk  

Step 2
This will take you to the login page, where you will need to enter your email and password. Make sure you use the email address you use for your membership.

image of the log in page for Lighthouse

When you log in you will be taken straight to the dashboard. You will learn about the dashboard and its purpose in a later section.

 

How to set up an authenticator app

5 minutes

What is an authenticator app?

When you log into Lighthouse, you will notice that it sends you an email containing a one-time passcode in order to confirm your identity. This is known as two-factor authentication and helps Lighthouse double-check that you are who you say you are, before allowing you access to the system. 

Authenticator apps provide an alternative form of two-factor authentication and allow you to generate the passcode on your phone instead. 

You can use most authenticator apps available on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. 

The most common ones are:

  • Google Authenticator
  • Microsoft Authenticator
  • Lastpass Authenticator
  • Authy

You can just download them the same way you would download any other app.

Step 1 

After logging into Lighthouse, you will be directed to the Dashboard page. Click on your name in the blue menu at the top, and a drop-down menu will appear. Click on “My Account”.

Dashboard with my account drop down

 

Step 2 

You will be directed to the Account page, where you can see all the details associated with your Lighthouse account. To connect an authenticator app, click “Connect an authenticator app” at the top left of the page.

My account page

Step 3 

You will be directed to the “Connect an authenticator app” page. Here you will see a large QR code on the screen, as shown below.

Authenticator app QR code

Step 4

Open up the authenticator app on your phone, and select “Add account”. The app will prompt you to scan the QR code on your computer screen with your phone. You may also be asked to enter a name for the account - just type “Lighthouse”. 

Step 5 

The next time you log in to Lighthouse, you will be prompted to type in a code from your authenticator app. Open the app, and navigate to your saved “Lighthouse” account. The code will display on the screen for 30 seconds. Type this code into Lighthouse, and you will be allowed to log in.

This code changes, so you will need a new code each time you log into Lighthouse. If you are not using a shared computure, you can click 'Allow login without a code on this device', which means for 14 days, you won't need two factor authentification on that device. You should only use this feature if you are the only person who uses your device.  

 

Navigating around

~ 5 minutes

After logging into Lighthouse, you will see a variety of options in the blue menu bar at the top of the screen. Here is what each one does:

Globe Icon

This allows you to navigate between the local/regional parties you have access to. 

(Specific access is required for this)

House icon

This will take you to your dashboard

Organisation

View and edit the contact and bank details for your local party

Branches

View a list of your local branches

View membership data for your local braches

Add or edit branches and branch codes

Contacts

View local members, supporters and donors

Add contacts to Branches

Create or edit contacts

Search and filter lists of contacts

Roles

View, create and edit current member roles

View previous years' member roles

View terms of office for member roles

Finances

View, create and edit donations, pledges and loans 

Submit PPERA returns

Submit expenses

View details of local party rebates

Users

View a list of local Lighthouse users

Add new local Lighthouse users (Superusers only) 

Edit user permissions (Superusers only)

Reports

View a list of your saved custom reports

Edit your saved custom reports

View a list of standard reports

Filter reports by type and creator

Your Name

View your personal membership details

Change your password 

Help

View more Lighthouse Guides and Geek Sheets

You might not be able to see all of these options. If you think you need to be able to see an option you can’t, contact your superuser to ask them to change your permissions

Tasks

  1. Log into Lighthouse
  2. Familiarise yourself with the tabs
  3. Set up an authenticator app

Tasks are quick and easy things you can do after each module to help practise what you've learned. Try them out and see if they help!

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Time estimate
10 minutes

Topics
Lighthouse
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