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Install the WordPress Plugin

Before you begin

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

Minimum system requirements

  • PHP 7.2 or newer
  • WordPress 5.0+

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 an official plugin and a few unofficial ones.
  5. Install the official Coil Web Monetization plugin.
  6. Click Activate.

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

Add your payment pointer


A payment pointer is required for you to receive payments from Coil when Coil members visit your site. If you use the plugin without adding a payment pointer, you won't receive payments.

  1. Click Coil. The Welcome tab appears.
  2. Click Add Payment Pointer. The General Settings tab appears.
  3. Enter your payment pointer in the provided field.

    payment pointer field under general settings tab

  4. Click Save Changes.

Add a payment pointer for each user (optional)

If you have a user with their own payment pointer, you can associate the payment pointer with that user in your WordPress instance.

When that user authors a post, their payment pointer is inserted into the Web Monetization meta tag on that post instead of the global payment pointer.

  1. Select Users.
  2. Edit an existing user.
  3. Enter the new payment pointer in the User Payment Pointer field.

  4. Click Update Profile.