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Jeremy Keith

Reading this, it sounds like the process is as simple as siging up for Coil and adding a meta element to your website. But that completely skips over the most onerous step: in order to receive payments, you must also sign up for an account with a payment handler …and they are all terrible. The sign-up process for each of them is ludicrously complex, and then once you're signed up, you find that they'd really rather you dealt in magic crypto beans than boring old money.

Am I missing something? Is there a way to use Coil without having to create an account with Stronghold, Gatehub, Uphold, or some other skeezy crypto operation?

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Peter-Paul Koch Author

This is unfortunately true. It is the least user-friendly step in the entire process.

Coil is working on a single sign-up, but it'll be a while before that's going to go live.

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Jeremy Keith

Glad to hear it’s being worked on—definitely a stumbling block right now!

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Uchi Uchibeke

Hi Jeremy, thank you for the feedback.

As @ppk said, we are actively working to improve the onboarding process and UX.

The Rafiki open source project that Coil is leading will enable more wallet and onboarding use-cases.

And we plan to share regular Rafiki updates here (dev.to/coil). In the meantime, the Rafiki project repo is github.com/coilhq/rafiki if you'll like to follow along or propose features/APIs that will enable more Devs to build and integrate with Interledger Wallets or even launch Web Monetization Providers like Coil.