Signing up for a free Ko-fi Account
Enter a Display Name (don't worry you can change this later), email address and password. Validate you are over 18 years old and verify your email address to get started.
Creating your Profile
Add some basic profile information to setup the page.
Profile Image - Upload a safe for work image for your profile.
Name - This can be a real name or a nickname. It doesn't have to be unique to your page and can include spaces. Your name will be displayed in the header of your page.
About you - Introduce yourself to visitors, tell them a bit about what you do.
Website - Add a safe for work link to where people can find your content online. It could be a social profile or an independant website.
Ko-fi username - This is your unique page link you will share with your fans. It can only contain letters and has to be more than 6 characters (5 with Ko-fi Gold).
Account type - If you are a ceator seeking donations choose 'Creator' or if you are a fan just looking to support other creators then choose 'Supporter'
PayPal account email - Ko-fi connects supporters directly to the creators PayPal account to pay them directly. To do this we need the email address you use to accept payments on PayPal. It can be either a personal or a business PayPal account, but we recommend using a PayPal business account (it's a free upgrade).
If you don't have a PayPal account you can change this email address at any time. Ko-fi Gold members can also choose to use Stripe as an alternative payment method.
Upgrade your Ko-fi? - Ko-fi Gold lets you receive monthly subscriptions (not just one-off tips) and offer exclusive content just for people that support you. Ko-fi Gold also lets you customise your page (change coffee to something else, change the price, add more social links, change colours). Find out more about Ko-fi Gold.
Click Save Changes and congratulations you have completed your basic profile
Personalising your Page
Once you have setup your basic profile you can edit your page directly. While logged in, navigate to your page to add content and personalise it's appearance.
Set a goal - Adding a goal is a great way to show your fans how you will use the money they donate. We have found pages with a goal receive more support than those without a goal. To set a goal, go to your page and click to set a goal. Enter the Goal title, goal amount (in money not ko-fi's) and a starting amount (how much you already have towards the goal) then click confirm.
It is a good idea to make your goal relevant to what you create and also to make your starting amount more than 0.
Add a cover image - Upload a cover image as the background of your header area. This image will display differently on different screens so avoid using text within the image.
Update status - You can update your status at anytime and change it as much as you like. Let fans know what you are working on, if you will be attending an upcoming event or whatever is happening with you.
Display Coffee Counter / Top Supporters - Click Add Something > Page Appearance to choose to display tiles showing a count of the number of Ko-fi's received and a leaderboard of your top supporters. These tiles will only appear once you start receiving support.
Add Some Content
Your Ko-fi page can contain a profile video, gallery images and posts for your fans. Please only upload content which complies with Ko-fi's content policy. To add content to your page click Add Something and then choose the content to add.
Profile Video - You can add a video from YouTube or Vimeo by pasting the link to the video.
Gallery Images - If you have images you can upload them to your gallery
Posts - Posts are longer form, shareable articles which can contain a header image, text, videos and links. Find out more about posts.
Ko-fi lets you change the default currency and write a personalised message just for those people who support you. With Ko-fi Gold you can also change the price of a Ko-fi, receive recurring payments and collect money using Stripe as well / instead of PayPal. Payment settings can be found by clicking the Ko-fi logo and choosing Payment Settings from the menu on the left.
Choosing a Currency - Payment providers such as PayPal and Stripe automatically convert payments to your local currency, but you can pick the default currency your fans will see when supporting you. Choose from US $, Canadian $, Euro €, British £, Australian $.
Set Auto-Reply Message - Fans who leave a donation will be directed to a thank-you message and receive an email thanking them for support. Setting the Auto-Reply message will overide the default text with your own message.