Start accepting crypto donations on your website now
Running a website or blog can be amazing. You get to write about something that you’re passionated about, you get to speak with others that shares those interest, and you learn a lot. But unless you’re running of the bigger sites, it might cost you more than what you earn from it. So any means that can help you continue doing what you love is something most of us would appreciate. That’s why I’ve spent some time evaluating what the options are for accepting crypto donations on your website.
Start accepting donations – the easy way
The simple way for someone like me, and perhaps you is to add some simple text on my footer for example with my Bitcoin / Ethereum / Litecoin, etc address. Simple as that. Obviously the kind internet stranger then have to copy that address and then go about sending some donations like any other transaction. I added my Bitcoin address and up and running within the minute. As it’s the blockchain it gives everyone full access and transparency to donations and amount held on this public address. I guess you could use Monero to hide this option if you wanted.
Is a free tool from the crypto giant Coinbase of course. It’s used by more than 2000 merchants, and it’s supposedly a quick process as they promise you to be up and running within 4 minutes. Lets test it out!
Step 1 – signing up
- Adding my email
- Verifying my email
- Adding a 2F-Authentication (Google Authenticator was recommended) manually by using the unique code apparently there was suppose to be a QR code that you could scan also but it was missing for me?
- Setting up a wallet – saving the secret passphrase
- Verifying the secret passphrase
- You’re in
Step 2 – getting widget up and running on site
- Via the ‘Accept payments’ butting you setup your widget – you then select donations or selling products
- I selected donations, then I added my website address, a short description and my logo
- I was asked what type of information I wanted to save from my donators (no information or full name or address)
- Doh I had to whitelist my website address first, so I had to go back to the dashboard to whitelist it and then start over
- Now you get a link to use and a code snippet to add to your website, I copied the code and put it on my footer
- Done, it’s up and running as we speak
It maybe didn’t take 4 minutes, but it didn’t take much longer than perhaps 10 for me. And was super easy to be honest. So I’m very impressed. Overall it was a smooth experience, nice design and UX all the way through and the donations button and widget looks rather nice. I guess the less positive is that you can only accept donations for Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum and Litecoin. So it’s Coinbase’s big coins, maybe some of the ERC-20 tokens they’ve added recently might be added to the list in the future. If so, then it’s a very smooth experience.
Another one that caught my eye is BrainBlocks, which is for Nano (formerly known as Raiblocks). Which is a good coin for donations due it having zero fees and almost instant transactions. The guys behind BrainBlocks have also built a POS app, I guess with extended features and for an even smoother user experience. So how’s the process of getting it up and running then?
Steps – following the instructions on their site:
- I customised the address to my Nano address (using the customise field)
- Copied the code (they weren’t specific where to put the code (body, header, footer, etc?) so I tried to paste it in my footer via the customization area for my WordPress site – boom it worked
- Done – ready to accept donations.
Well it was quick that’s for sure, almost as quick as just writing my Bitcoin address in my footer. And it has a nice button and feel to it. I guess for the coding novice people like me it’s easier to go back to BrainBlocks and customise the address, suggested amount, etc rather than in the code. So that’s not that hard, but an extra step. And also there doesn’t seem to be an option for the user to select the amount they want to donate, so it has some missing features IMO. But quick experience and it looks good!
Cryptocurrency Donation Box is a ready made WordPress plugin. So you can easily either go to the plugins section of WordPress and search for it on the list, or download it from the link in the heading. It’s created by Cool Plugins, and it supports more than 20 different cryptocurrencies, so it’s a good option if you want a wider selections of options for your visitors. It was super easy to implement on my site, I choose to put it in my footer and added it as a HTML widget with the suggested code snippet recommended for footers and headers.
Other donations mentions
Another option that I’m aware of is Donations built on Request Network, which I started to look into and get added to my site. But ran into problems about how I could add the code snippet easily to my WordPress site’s html <body> when running my site on a bought theme. There were ways, but they didn’t seem straightforward enough for a beginner like me. Apparently there’s a ready made plugin to use for those who’s running a WooCommerce shop or Shopify shop to add the Request Network plugin. There’s also another tool being developed on Request Network called Donaid, but to my knowledge that’s focused on Twitch, Youtube and Streamlabs?
PayIOTA is a payment service to accept IOTA that you can add to your site, but it’s also primarily focused on business payments and for ecommerce shops rather than donations.
If you have other suggestions of good crypto donation widgets, plugins or other tools please let us know. Otherwise I hope you liked this article, and please share to others via Facebook or Twitter.
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