Bitcoin Faucet WordPress Plugin by 99Bitcoins

Its’ finally here! The first ever Bitcoin Faucet WordPress plugin. Now you can start your own Bitcoin faucet in less than 5 minutes.

This page will basically be the official documentation of the plugin and will explain everything you need to know from start to finish in order to start your own Bitcoin faucet with WordPress.

Keep in mind that this is a free plugin and I don’t have a lot of time to maintain it, that’s why so of the user interface looks a bit weird and I will have limited time to answer support requests. However I will do the best I can in order to keep this plugin working and up to date. Also I will mainly use video tutorials in order to explain about the faucet and not written tutorials (it’s just faster for me to create them).

If you don’t know what a Bitcoin faucet is I suggest starting with this post that will describe most of what you need to know about the subject and how you can make a business from it. When you get to the part on how to build a Bitcoin faucet come back to this page to learn the easier way than what is described in the original post.

So let’s get down to building your WordPress Bitcoin Faucet:

1. Get a hosting provider and install WordPress on it

This is the very basics of what you’ll need. I’m assuming you already know how to do this, if you don’t then I’m posting a video here that explains how to set up WordPress. Any hosting provider should do the trick, I personally use Bluehost for these types of project.

2.  Install the Bitcoin Faucet WordPress Plugin

  • Download the Bitcoin Faucet WordPress Plugin – Download link
  • Go to “plugins” -> Add new -> Upload plugin
  • Choose the file you’ve just downloaded and upload it to your site
  • After the upload is compete click on “activate plugin”

3. Get an ePay/Faucethub and a captcha account

  • Go to ePay or Faucethub and create an account (I suggest Faucethub, ePay has a a lot of payment issues)
  • Add your site’s URL to the account
  • Go to SolveMedia / Recaptcha and create an account (I suggest SolveMedia since they are also a revenue source)
  • Add your site’s URL to the account

4. Set up the plugin

This faucet has A LOT of options. Since I don’t have time to write them all down I created a video explaining everything you need to know about the faucet. Note that at the moment the video shows Faucetbox as an option and not ePay. Faucetbox have gone out of business but the process is basically the same for ePay. I will put out a new video soon:

 

The minimum requirements to get the plugin running:

Under the “general” tab

  • Enter your payouts and timer settings
  • Enter your SolveMedia API keys
  • Enter the URLs for your faucet page and “check address” page (at the bottom of the “general” tab)
  • The referral link URL scheme is this: http://yourwebsite.com/?r=btc_address

Under the “payment” tab

  • Enter your ePay / Fuacethub API keys

On your faucet page:

  • Enter the faucet shortcode (make sure to enter it AFTER all other shortcodes)

5. Require registration for your faucet (optional)

Once of the best ways I’ve found to fight off spam is by requiring users to register to my site in order to use it. This deters most spammers and bots from the site. I use a paid plugin called “Wishlist Member” that takes care of setting up this registration process. This is not a must, but if you feel like you’re getting too many scammers on your site it’s worth to look into it.

6. Set up your own server for micro payments (advanced, optional)

If you wish to use your own self hosted Bitcoin wallet to do payments instead of ePay or Faucethub you can install a Bitcoin wallet on a VPS (Virtual Private Server). The whole process is documented here but it’s recommended to do so only if you have some technical background. Keep in mind I will not be able to support any installation issues for a self hosted wallet.

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND WATCHING THE SETUP VIDEO ABOVE FROM START TO FINISH TO UNDERSTAND HOW THE FAUCET WORKS (ALL CAPS, SO YOU’LL KNOW IT’S IMPORTANT).

Now that you’re good to go I suggest going back to the original post and reading everything that doesn’t involve setting up the faucet – it’s crucial information.

A few important things to remember:

    • Payments are made through ePay / Faucethub but you will have to click the “make payment” button in order to send all addresses that qualify for payment to ePay /Faucethub.
    • Make sure your ePay /Faucethub account is funded or addresses won’t be queued for payout.
    • Make sure to limit your ePay  account only to your IP address. There have been several issues with ePay in the past and this will probably prevent them. You can find your server IP address here.
    • From personal experience I suggest allowing user comments on your faucet – it’s the fastest way to know that something is not working right.
    • At the moment the only data I gather from these faucets is how much is being paid – that’s all. No passwords, bitcoin addresses or any other sensitive information is being passed along. Just a number of how many Satoshis have been queued for payment each time you click “make payment”.

Getting support / Frequently Asked Questions

Most of your faucet problems can be solved through the use of the frequently asked questions listed below. If you can find the answer in them, feel free to submit a support request.

I'm not seeing the faucet form on my webpage
Please make sure you added the faucet’s shortcode to the page as shown in the installation video. The shortcodes are listed in the “support” section under “how to use”
I'm getting a 404 error when claiming on the faucet or checking an address balance
This means you probably didn’t set up the URLs correctly under the “general” tab:

url setup

my payment isn't processing

After you click “make payment” your should see the balance move from “Unpaid above threshold” to “Scheduled payment amount”

make payment

This means that payment is now scheduled and in the next 20 minutes it will be sent to your microwallet. If that doesn’t happen there are several things you should look into:

  1. If you’re using ePay know that this service has a lot of issues – we suggest using Faucethub.
  2. The payment that is scheduled is too small – usually microwallets have thresholds of which they accept payments. Make sure the payment is at least 20,000 Satoshis
  3. If you’re using Faucethub’s api you need to know that each user on your faucet must have a Faucethub account linked to their address in order to get paid. So if for example, you have 10 faucet users and non of their addresses are registered with Faucethub, payment won’t go through.
  4. Sometimes microwallets fail to process payment. In this case just click “make payment” again and give it another try. In the newer versions of the plugin we will continue to try and send the payment until it goes through.
I have an issue with the captcha on the site

All captcha issues should be addresses to the captcha provider as we just use their API to show their captcha on the site. Sometimes that captcha issuer will have downtime or server issues and the captcha won’t show up, this has nothing to do with the plugin.

I have an issue that isn't listed here

As of January 2017 the plugin now offers support for a small fee of your payouts (0.5%). In order to request support go to the “support” tab and hit “request support”. Please make sure to add wp-admin and ftp access if possible. Support requests will be responded within 36 hours. You can also opt out of support for the plugin if you do not wish to pay the fee. In that case I will not be able to help out and you will not receive automatic plugin updates.

Version Updates:

April 24th 2017:

= 1.7.5 =
Storing ref address in cookies so people can pass registration without loosing referrals.

= 1.7.4 =
Configuration option to specify how to load captcha: regular, ajax and lazy.
Fixing issue with chart render.
Updating stats requests to send data to domain instead of ip address.

= 1.7.3 =
New support address

= 1.7.2 =
Fixing db prefix

= 1.7.1 =
Fixing submit count on Claims page

February 19th 2017:

= 1.7.0 =
* Adding different claim rules
* Adding update notification even plugin support was disabled
* Adding links to captcha providers
* Adding no captcha option
* Adding better randomizer of claimed prize
* Adding video tutorials
* Adding reinstallation of cron schedule
* Support email has been changed
* Removing faucetbox support
* Minor improvements

February 6th 2017:

= 1.6.2 =
* Fixing issue with epay balance

February 5th 2017:

= 1.6.1 =
* Improving payment log messages

= 1.6.0 =
* Adding real bitcoin address validator
* Adding warning message when “Make payout” button was clicked
* Adding option to set manually threshold for an address
* Adding recaptcha support
* Handling more errors from epay side

= 1.5.5 =
* Adding “Clear scheduled payout” button in claims page
* Disabling “Make payment” button on claims page in case if we have scheduled transactions
* Rescheduling payment for an address in case of network failure (epay.info issue)

= 1.5.4 =
* Displaying error also in case when payment api failed on their side

Version 1.5.3 (January 23rd 2017):
* Adding extra debug information while payout for better issue understanding

Versions 1.5.0 – 1.5.2 (January 22nd 2017):

= 1.5.2 =
* Allowing to schedule payment even wallet wasn’t configured
* Better fee calculation

= 1.5.1 =
* Lazy load of solvemedia captcha

= 1.5.0 =
* Cron run adds stamps to avoid double payment
* Disabling “Make Payment” button when it was clicked to avoid double payment
* Side menu items were reduced
* Adding support fee
* Adding option to opt out of plugin support

Version 1.4.5 – 1.4.8 (January 14th 2017):

* Adding top level navigation

* Adding navigation to “How to use” page

* Moving Claims after Payouts in navigation

* Payments navigation points to Payouts instead of Claims

Version 1.4.4 (January 12th 2017):

* Fixing missed message in support request
* Adding admin email to support request
* Handling error when usage of WP_Http_Curl returns WP_Error
* New short code 1,084,010,643 Satoshis to display paid amount of satoshis “NNN Satoshis”

Version 1.4.3 (January 6th 2017):

* Displaying API keys on wallet page

Version 1.4.2 (January 6th 2017):

* Disabling possibility to refer your own Bitcoin address (double claiming)

version 1.4.1(January 5th 2017):

* Improving error message

version 1.4.0 (January 5th 2017):

* Possibility to set translations for frontend part
* Renaming “Send diagnostic” to “Support”
* Fixing issue when plugins page displays inforrect information about this plugin

Version 1.3.11 (January  4th 2017) :

* Fixing issue with payment failure when using faucethub.io

Version 1.3.10 (December 28th 2016) :

* Adding faucethub.io support
* No way to set epay.info api key if SoapClient extension isn’t installed
* Adding reset option to “tools” page
* Adding “check information” page where you can find related addresses and users
* Adding phpinfo to “send diagnostic”

Version 1.3.9 (December 8th 2016) – Bug fixes

Version 1.3.8 (December 8th 2016) – Bug fixes

Version 1.3.5 (November 23rd 2016) – You can now update the plugin within from with the WP admin area

Version 1.3.4 (November 22nd 2016) – ePay issue fixed, displaying info about payouts on claims page

Version 1.3.3 (November 13th 2016) – DB query bug fix

Version 1.3.2 (November 13th 2016) – Fixing calculation of claims

Version 1.3.1 (November 13th 2016) – Minor text changes and updated user profile page with seniority

Version 1.3.0 (November 12th 2016) – Limited registered users to only one address, added seniority info on claims tab

Version 1.2.7 (November 8th 2016) – Added epay.info as payment option

Version 1.2.6 (November 4th 2016) – Ability to add admin bonuses / penalties, remove ref info if no referral was set

Version 1.2.4 (October 31th 2016) – Bug fixes, added timer and sound

Version 1.2.3 (October 28th 2016) – Bug fixes, fixed issue of payouts display in BTC instead of Satoshi

Version 1.2.1 (October 21th 2016) – Bug fixes

Version 1.2.0 (October 21th 2016) – Added registered user functionality, bot protection

Version 1.1.5 (October 20th 2016) – Bugs fixed, admin tool tips added

Version 1.1.4 (October 10th 2016) – Bugs fixed

Version 1.1.3 (September 29th 2016) – Fixed additional issue with “check address” URL.

Version 1.1.2 (September 26th 2016) – Fixed issue with “check address” URL, can be also a dynamic URL.

Version 1.1.1 (September 12th 2016) – Fixed SolveMedia issue, plugin is now compatible with php 5.2 and up.

421 Comments

  1. Hi there,
    its seems like really great plugin, thanks to short code and simple form its really great to integrate this to any wordpress theme, but I have some suggestions for you.

    It would be very helpful if you could add option to simply delete faucet claims and deduct that amount from user account instead of deducting from each address by penalties.
    Also it would be really helpful to add usernames who made that and that claim, if you have enabled that only registered users can claim coins.

    • Zsofia - 99Bitcoins support on

      Hi Vincent, thanks for the feedback and the suggestion we might incorporate this in the future.

  2. I have some users saying that they get the message “security check failed” when they try to claim. What does this mean?

    • Ofir Beigel on

      This means that they are not showing the characteristics of a human but of a bot. mainly that the way they view the site doesn’t load many of the things a human would need. Please verify with whoever is getting this that he’s not using some automated software to access the site.
      If so please submit a support request through the faucet so I can take a deeper look.

  3. adi setyawan on

    Love this plugin very easy to setup.
    btw, can you add shortnr url support? it mean when user click claim reward button user will be redirect first to that url to complete claiming.
    hope you can add this feature xD

    • Zsofia - 99Bitcoins support on

      Thanks for the suggestion, it’s good to see you find the guide useful to setup the plugin.

    • Ofir Beigel on

      Hi Adi!
      Thanks for the suggestion but at the moment this is not something we are considering to implement. Can you explain the rational behind the suggestion? Why do you think this is useful?

      • It;s an income generator. If you look into prol.ink , you will see that it offers $3 per 1000 short links views, that means we could increase the faucet payout easily by another 100 sat/claim, thus making it more popular.

        • Ofir Beigel on

          I see, interesting. I will consider this but at the moment I don’t think I’ll be able to get to this anytime soon.

    • Zsofia - 99Bitcoins support on

      Hi Ashar, The plugin currently only works with Epay or Faucethub wallets. If you want to use your own wallet you’ll need to install it on a dedicated server as per the link provided in the article but that’s too technical for us to explain in this blog. Also Xapo is not a self hosted wallet, so you won’t be able to use it anyway for the faucet payouts.

  4. Can you direct me to info regarding using xapo to make a wordpress faucet? Can your plugin be configured for xapo?

    • Zsofia - 99Bitcoins support on

      Hi Marilynn, The plugin currently only works with Epay or Faucethub wallets. If you want to use your own wallet you’ll need to install it on a dedicated server as per the link provided in the article but that’s too technical for us to explain in this blog. Also Xapo is not a self hosted wallet, so you won’t be able to use it anyway for the faucet payouts.

    • Ofir Beigel on

      Personally I use Wishlist member (a paid plugin) to create the register page. You can however use the normal WP registration.

  5. hhhhhhhhhhh how to add it to a page. 4 hours searching cannot add it to a PAGE.
    what you are using a short code or what.

    • Ofir Beigel on

      Did you watch the video? It’s pretty simple, no need to search 4 hours :)
      There’s a short code under “how to use”.

    • Zsofia - 99Bitcoins support on

      Hey Hetnet, there’s no “best theme” for the faucet plugin – it should work on any theme. Just pick out a theme that you like by design.

  6. My problem:

    The package could not be installed. The theme is missing the style.css stylesheet.

    What I did wrong ?

  7. Verdine Daniels on

    Great faucet plugin :) I have a couple of questions.

    1. How to center the captcha if not using SolveMedia?
    2. How do you adjust the styling of how sections like the timer are displayed similar to the one on this site?

    • Ofir Beigel on

      Hello and thanks for the feedback!
      1. you can use Recaptcha instead of SolveMedia (the option is under the “faucet” tab)
      2. At the moment there is no option for timer styling but you can use custom code (i.e. hire a developer) to do that for you – it should be a fairly simple task.

    • Ofir Beigel on

      Why do you need a demo? You have a video showing the plugin and a free download, demos are for paid plugins. Also, please don’t bother replying if you intended to use such degrading language again.

  8. so on my page i keep getting at the check balance that you can click set manual threshold is there a way to change that or remove that?

  9. bitcoinquestions on

    Is there a way to make auto payments instead of having to click on the make payment button every time?

    Thanks

  10. btcoinquestion on

    How would i make payments using Electrum Client/Wallet is that possible via the plugin? (instead of using the faucet payment systems like epay)

    If it is not possible then can i get a printout of addresses and amounts when i click on the ‘make payment button’

    • Zsofia - 99Bitcoins support on

      The plugin currently only works with Epay or Faucethut. If you want to use your own wallet you’ll need to install it on a dedicated server but that’s too technical for us to explain in this blog. So at the moment you can’t use Electrum to pay your users.

  11. Hi Orif,

    thanks for the great work.
    Have you ever considered to add more referral level to the faucet? It would be essential for the program I am working on.
    Your program meets all needs, just the number of referral level should be open to be set – alt. up to 9.
    I know it is work for you – so, let me know if I can do something for you in return.

    • Zsofia - 99Bitcoins support on

      We don’t have an affiliate program because it brings in too much spam so we decided to cut it off all together.

      • Thanks Zsofia,
        is there a specific wp theme that you favor or recommend to use for the plugin – based on your experiences?
        Thank you again

        • Hey,
          there’s no “best theme” for the plugin – it should work on any theme. Just pick out a theme that you like by design I guess, that’s what we did :)

    • Zsofia - 99Bitcoins support on

      Hey, please raise a support ticket directly within the plugin, they should be able to help you.

  12. Plugin removed, important bugs too many updates very fast, and theft of satochis from the plugin, this will be warned in important forums and in Bitcointalk.

    It is strange that you do not put this plugin to the service of the community of WoordPress so that the people analyze your code maybe you are afraid of something
    It is suspect that you charge a fee according to the volume of payments, you should charge a fixed fee, but it is clear that the more you charge the more you earn
    It is true that Adolf Hitler was right in what he thought about the Jews, who are basically rats?

    • I wanted to answer you in detail but after reading your last sentence I don’t even believe you deserve a comment. It’s appealing to me that you would use plugin issues to raise the issue or even condone a genocide of 6 million people. Please don’t EVER come back to this site.

  13. Surendra Kumar on

    i have two questions:-
    Q.1 How to find which address are above threshold?
    Q.2 What is fake buttons in general tab?

  14. Vagif Mamedov on

    Hi there
    I installed plugin created a page for it, did all settings(at faucethub , API etc too) put needed shortcode-but claim button dont work..why? just when click on it nothing happens..

    • Zsofia - 99Bitcoins support on

      Hey Vagif, please raise a support ticket directly within the plugin, they should be able to help you.

  15. Hi, the last version is making payments to values bellow threshold. “Paid 236 satoshi”.

    Also, any tutorial or easy way to use Bitcoind? I’m stuck on it…

    • Hey.
      Please open a ticket via the support tab on the plugin and add relevant info (e.g. screenshots, wp-admin access if needed, etc).
      Regarding Bitcoind – it’s too technical, I don’t even know how to do it myself.
      Also keep in mind that I won’t be available until Feb 6th to deal with any support issues.

        • I’m not familiar with the service. Did you send it through the “support” tab inside the plugin? I didn’t receive anything.

          • I sent a request via the plug-in !!! Somebody help me in this matter? 3 times I sent a request via the plug-BTC faucet.

            The hosting support I was told that the host does not impose any constraints on the operation of those sites. Check the scripts, look for the cause.

            OFIR you can see my sites or do I have to close the taps Bitcoin?

          • I didn’t get any request from you plugin at all.
            Please use this contact form to send a request directly:
            https://99bitcoins.com/contact
            Also keep in mind I won’t be available until February 6th so it will take me time to respond.

  16. Paramjeet Singh on

    I do all the things , but when I go to website they didn’t show faucet , and what is the faucet shortcode.

    • Hi Paramjeet, please try to check out the FAQ section if it has an answer for you. In case you still experience any issues please open a support ticket through the plugin.

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