Q: What platforms does Coil support?
A: Coil includes an extension that works in Google Chrome & Firefox. This allows us to donate to creators websites, their YouTube channels, and Twitch streams.
Q: If I'm using Coil, will I still see ads?
A: It's up to the creator. Coil isn't an ad blocker, but creators may disable ads for their viewers who support them via Coil. We expect this will be just one of the ways that creators reward their Coil subscribers, in addition to exclusive/early access to high-quality content.
Q: How is Coil different from something like Patreon or Flattr?
A: Patreon allows you to support a few creators with higher amounts of money. This can be great for your favorite creators, but doesn't let you support everyone. Flattr distributes your subscription between the sites you browse, and pays out at the end of the month. Coil, on the other hand, pays out a fixed bandwidth per second that goes to the creator instantly. This means the creator can securely distribute paid content to Coil subscribers.
Q: Can I see the statistics on what sites I've supported?
A: Not right now. The goal of Coil is to give you a better experience online, so you can support the web without having to worry about the exact amounts being sent.
Q: Do I need an invitation to join Coil?
A: Not anymore. Coil is now in open beta which means that anyone can instantly sign up.
Q: Will coil.com be translated to other languages?
A: Currently, English is the only language supported on coil.com.
Q: Is there a Coil app?
A: We do not have an app at the moment; however, you can use Coil on mobile. For more details see Supported Browsers & Devices.
Q: Is there an affiliate or referral program?
A: At this time we don't have an affiliate or referral program.
Q: How much does it cost me when I'm viewing a Web-Monetized site?
A: Nothing. Coil donates based on usage, but your subscription is always a flat rate per month.
Q: How much does Coil cost?
A: Right now Coil has one plan for $5/month.
Q: How can I pay for my subscription?
A: You can pay for your subscription by credit card.
Q: Do I have to have to pay in order to register my name and publish content on coil.com?
A: No! Anyone can publish content on Coil that complies with our Terms of Service. You do not need to pay anything in order to post content on coil.com. The only time you need to pay is if you want to support other creators and access their exclusive content.
Q: How does the subscription work?
A: For $5/month Coil ensures you can access web-monetized content. While you visit web-monetized content (e.g. articles on coil.com or external web-monetized sites) Coil streams payments to the creators of that content.
A: Why doesn't Web Monetization work for my articles on coil.com when I view them?
Q: When you view your own articles Web Monetization is not enabled.
Q: I don’t see any payments from Coil on XRP Tip Bot?
A: Make sure your payment pointer is properly setup. Coil only sends payments if Coil subscribers visit your content. XRP Tip Bot applies updates balances every 30 minutes so make sure to check after some time has passed.
Q: Do I have to pay to publish content or monetize my website?
A: No. Publishing content on coil.com or monetizing your website is free.
Q: Do I need a subscription to earn money with Coil?
A: No. The subscription is only needed if you want to browse subscriber-only content.
Q: Is Web Monetization possible even if there is no <meta> tag on my site?
A: The <meta> tag is required for Web Monetization to work. Without it, Coil doesn’t know where to send money.
Posting on coil.com
Q: How do I post on coil.com?
A: See our article Posting on coil.com
Q: What kind of content can I post?
A: You can post any kind of content you would like except for content prohibited by our Terms of Service.
Q: Do I need a subscription to post on Coil?
A: No. Posting content on coil.com is free. The subscription is only needed if you want to browse subscriber-only content.
Q: Can I get paid for articles that are not locked?
A: Yes, you get paid for all content when Coil subscribers view it, even if it is fully public. The difference is that if you have subscriber-only or locked content only Coil subscribers can see it.
Q: What is a payment pointer?
A: Payment pointers are a standardized identifier for accounts that are able to receive payments. In the same way that an email address provides an identifier for a mailbox in the email ecosystem a payment pointer is used by an account holder to share the details of their account with anyone that wishes to make a payment to them. You can learn more about them on interledger.org.
Q: Does Coil use cryptocurrency?
A: All subscriptions to Coil are paid via credit cards. Coil sends payments via the Interledger protocol, which allows any currency to be used for sending and receiving. Cryptocurrencies such as XRP are used as a part of this network, because of their speed and low cost. Creators may be paid out in cryptocurrency or any other kind of asset on Interledger.
Q: What kind of data does Coil collect about me?
A: Coil keeps your basic profile information like name and email address. We can see when you're using Coil, but not what content you visit.
Q: How can I invest in Coil?
A: Coil is not presently accepting new investors.
Q: Does Coil have an ICO or token?
A: No. Coil uses the open Interledger protocol which is currency-agnostic. Users can pay with credit cards, and creators can receive any currency supported by Interledger..