API Key Tab

Start your configuration for WordPress with the API Key Tab

Your Monitor.chat API Key

Paste the text for your API Key into this textbox. If you use the monitor.chat.sh script option, this value will be ignored for sending messages. However, it will be required if you want to review the API Key report from within the plugin.

Full path and file name of monitor.chat.sh

Make sure this value is correct if you are using the monitor.chat.sh script.

Send Messages Using

There are three options here. Choose the one that best suits you. In our tests, the monitor.chat.sh script and embedded bash script are the fastest, although the difference between these and WordPress remote post is a tiny fraction of a second. If your OS is linux or unix, we recommend you set up the monitor.chat.sh script as a command-line tool even if you don’t use it through the plugin.

Separate Scheduled By

So that the scheduled messages don’t all happen at the same time, we separate them by an interval. The default is 2 hours, 5 minutes. Messages scheduled to occur more frequently than this value will be separated from other messages by a smaller interval.


You can disable all messages temporarily by unchecking this box and saving.

Mask PII

You can receive personally identifiable information about your WordPress users in your instant messages. We recommend that such information be masked. A masked email address for happy-emailer@imail.com will appear as ha********er@i****.com in the text message. You can only unmask PII when using a permanent API Key.


The hostname will appear as the hostname as seen by the OS. If you prefer, you can change this value to something that means more to you. If you are using the monitor.chat.sh script, you can change the hostname in body of the script.

The API Key Tab is the starting point of your configuration for the Monitor.chat plugin.

View The API Key Report

Click on the link at the top of the page to review a report about the usage of your API Key.

The data in the API Key Report will refresh once per hour. You can run the report from the command line if you require a current report.

Last modified March 5, 2021