Patreon is letting users directly link its payment platform to WordPress, MailChimp, and other services. Today, it’s launching an “app directory” of plugins based on its existing API, along with a developer portal that includes documentation for building new tools. It’s part of a major Patreon expansion in the wake of a $60 million funding round last month, and a step toward making the service a full-fledged payment system, not just a crowdfunding site. Patreon VP of business development Brent Horowitz says that around a dozen plugins will be available at launch, and he hopes to have 100 or more available within a year. Some, like the extension for WordPress-powered sites, will replicate basic Patreon functions outside Patreon.com. Patrons can sign up for memberships directly through a private site, and the creator can offer patron-only posts on that site, rather than posting on their Patreon page. Other plugins will grant patrons access to members-only message boards or chat channels — something Patreon already does with gaming-focused chat app Discord. Forum platform Discourse is integrating with Patreon, and Slack support is coming later this year. There
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