Customize the WordPress Plugin

This page describes customizations you can make to the WordPress plugin beyond adding Web Monetization to pages, posts, and taxonomies.

Donation bar

By default, a message appears at the bottom of Monetized and Public pages/posts when a visitor isn't web monetized. The message asks the visitor to consider signing up for Coil and includes a Learn More button.

donation bar example

You can change the message or disable the message entirely. To disable the message:

  1. Open the WordPress Customizer by selecting Appearance > Customize.
  2. Select Coil Web Monetization.
  3. Select Options.
  4. Uncheck the Show a donation bar... option.
  5. Click Publish when you're finished.

Excerpts

From the Excerpt Settings tab within the Coil plugin, you can choose to display excerpts of content to non-Coil Members on members-only pages and posts.

options under the excerpt settings tab

If you choose to show excerpts, we recommend you manually set excerpt text within your page/post.

excerpt option in the block/gutenberg editor

If you don't manually set excerpts, WordPress automatically displays the first 55 words in the body of your page/post. This could cause Coil Members-only content to be visible to non-members.

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Your particular theme and setup of WordPress dictate whether excerpts are supported and, if they are, where they appear (under the title, in the body, in search results, etc.). If you choose to show excerpts and none appear, the functionality might not be supported by your theme or setup.

Learn More button

The Learn More button is shown to non-Coil Members when they view Coil Members Only and Monetized and Public pages/posts. You can change the button's label and URL.

  1. Open the WordPress Customizer by selecting Appearance > Customize.
  2. Select Coil Web Monetization.
  3. Select Learn more button.

    learn more button in the customizer

  4. Make your updates, then click Publish when you're finished.

    fields for changing the learn more button text and link

Messaging settings

From the Messaging Settings tab within the Coil plugin, you can edit many of the messages your visitors will see under certain scenarios.

edit messages button under the messaging settings tab
  1. Click Edit messages to open the WordPress Customizer.
  2. Select Messages.

    messages button in the customizer

  3. Make your updates. Each message includes a description for why the message could occur.

    fields for changing messaging

  4. Click Publish when you're finished.
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You can navigate through your site using the right panel of the Customizer. If you go to a page as a non-monetized user and see a message, the message will update in real time as you make changes.

Padlock

A padlock is shown next to page and post titles when the page/post is set to Coil Members Only or Split Content. To disable the padlock:

  1. Open the WordPress Customizer by selecting Appearance > Customize.
  2. Select Coil Web Monetization.
  3. Select Options.

    options button in the customizer

  4. Uncheck the Show padlock... option.

    option to show padlock

  5. Click Publish when you're finished.
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If you choose to show the padlock and it doesn't appear on your pages/posts, your theme might not support the feature.