WordPress Installation and Configuration

Before you begin

Before you install the official Coil Web Monetization plugin, make sure you:

Minimum system requirements

  • PHP 7.2 or newer
  • WordPress 4.9 or newer

Install the plugin

  1. Sign in to your WordPress admin dashboard.
  2. Go to Plugins.
  3. Click Add New.
  4. Search for keyword Coil. You'll see the official plugin and a few unofficial ones.
  5. Install the official Coil Web Monetization plugin.
  6. Click Activate.

Configure the plugin

After the plugin is installed, Coil appears as an option in your WordPress admin dashboard.

Select Coil to set up your payment pointer and adjust your content settings (if needed). The plugin contains additional configuration options that are covered on the Customize the Plugin page.

Add your payment pointer

You must have a payment pointer to receive payments from Coil Members visiting your site. A payment pointer, assigned to you by your digital wallet provider, is a public address for your wallet account. It's how we know where to send your payments.

payment pointer field under global settings tab
  1. Select Coil.
  2. Select the Global Settings tab.
  3. Enter your payment pointer.
  4. Click Save Changes.

If you use the plugin without adding a payment pointer, you won't get paid.

Also, any content gating you set up won't be recognized. Gating is an optional setting used to show or hide blocks of content based on a visitor's monetization status.

Review your content settings

Select the Content Settings tab.

options under the content settings tab

Content settings let you globally assign monetization to each of your post types. Pages and posts are listed by default. You might see additional post types depending on your WordPress setup.

Content SettingDescription
No MonetizationContent for the post type is available to all visitors. You will not receive payments from Coil Members.
Monetized and PublicContent for the post type is available to all visitors. You will receive payments from Coil Members. This is the default setting for pages and posts. Non-members will see a customized message suggesting they sign up for a Coil Membership.
Coil Members OnlyContent for the post type is only available to Coil Members and you will receive payments. Non-members will see a customized message stating the content is for members only.

The settings you choose for pages and posts can be overridden on an individual basis within the WordPress editor. For example, if you globally set pages to No Monetization, you can set an individual page to Coil Members Only within the editor. See the Monetize WordPress Content page for more information.