Follow this quickstart document to install and configure the QUID Payments plugin and start accepting small payments for your blog posts.
Install the plugin
On your WordPress admin page, hover over the 'Plugins' tab on the left sidebar, that will display a dropdown menu, within that dropdown click the 'Add New' tab. This will display the WordPress Plugin Directory, at the top of which there is a search bar. Simply type, 'QUID Payments' to find us.
Click the 'Install Now', which will then be swapped out with an 'Activate' button. Click 'Activate'.
The plugin is now ready for use!
Setup your QUID merchant account
Signup for a merchant account
Sign up for QUID and register for a new merchant account.
When you're done installing the plugin, you can always click the QUID merchant pagelink on the QUID plugin settings page to get to your Merchant Dashboard.
Generate your API key and secret
- Go to the merchant dashboard (click the Merchant button on the menu bar.)
- Scroll down to the API Keys section and click Create a New API Key (or the + symbol if you have already created an API key). An API secret will also be generated for you.
- There are two types of API keys: test, and live. To create a key that can be used to accept real payments toggle the switch so that the text reads "New live API key"
- Add an origin for each website you want to use with this key. This must be a URL such as, https://example.com. Note that live keys must use https. To add an additional origin for the API key click on the ADD ORIGIN button and continue entering.
- When you are done entering origins, click on the CREATE button. Your new key and secret will be displayed as shown:
To learn more about API keys, see About your API keys.
Configure the QUID Payments plugin
To start accepting QUID payments on your WordPress site you need to add the API keys to the plugin and configure each post for which you want to accept payments.
Login to your WordPress admin dashboard and hover over the 'Settings' tab on the left sidebar, doing so will display a dropdown, within that dropdown select the 'QUID Payments' tab. Clicking it will lead you to the 'QUID Settings' page.
Set your currency
Using the pull-down input under the label "Currency of your Merchant Account" select your currency. This must be the same currency as you selected for your QUID merchant account when you signed up. To confirm the currency of your QUID merchant account, check the settings page in your QUID merchant dashboard.
Add your QUID API keys to WordPress
Enter the Public and Secret Keys acquired above. Note that the Secret Key is only visible once in your QUID merchant dashboard -- when the API key is first created. If you don't know the Secret Key for the key you created, you'll have to make another.
Once you filled out the two fields with your keys, then press 'Save'. Next time you access the same page, the 'Secret Key' field will be blank (don't worry, unless you received an error message when saving it), the key is not shown to keep your account extra secure.
Accept QUID payments on blog posts
Post content and excerpt
Create your post content as you normally would. In order to display a sample of the post when the user hasn't paid, we utilize the 'Post Excerpt' field which can be found under 'Settings' - 'Document' on the same page where you write and edit your post. This can be the first few sentences of your post or any part of the post that you want to display to readers before purchasing.
When the 'Payment Type' is set to Required, the excerpt is the only thing that's shown, and once the content is paid for, the excerpt is removed and the whole post is shown in its place.
Setting the post payment options
Once our plugin is activated, if you navigate to the page where you Create/Edit a post, you'll notice a new section at the bottom of the page.
Select Required for Payment Type, Buttons for Input Type, and input 0.50 for Price. For more information on the payment settings see the Blog post payment fields support article.
Test your post
When you preview your post you will see your QUID Button or Slider at the bottom of the post. If they stay greyed out it means the API keys you set in the 'QUID Settings' section of 'General Settings' were incorrect or that the origin you added to your API key when you created it does not match your site's address. If this happens, you should re-enter them. Make sure the origin you set for the API key on https://app.quid.works is the same as the address of your WordPress site.
At this point you are able to start accepting funds with QUID! If you have any questions, concerns, or comments, don't hesitate to reach out.