After blogging for a while you might want to start making money from all your efforts. Maybe you create a web series that you want to keep hidden only for exclusive guests, or maybe it’s time to see if your online magazine can start making money. This is where a paywall WordPress plugin comes in, helping you restrict a certain amount of content on your site unless people pay for it.
I know a few bloggers who create membership sites with featured content, or they simply want to sell a couple videos or books they created. In short, developing content online for free eventually gets old, and unless it leads to some sort of compensation you can’t keep investing all that time to create.
Let’s take a look at some of my favorite paywall WordPress plugins, each of which offer a little something different.
Tinypass is a simple take on the paywall solution, but it works well for any site, regardless of size. It supports over 24 currencies for site owners who want to go international with their content.
The metered previews allow a certain amount of time for content viewing before the paywall pops up. Tinypass really works well in terms of customization, since you can add your own images, modify the fonts and move around where you want the content to sit on your page.
Install Tinypass from the backend of your WordPress site, and use their Developer’s page to learn how to use the plugin.
If you’re a video creator and all that content is just sitting around making no money, Cleeng is the paywall plugin for you. The plugin is designed to help you create your own little Video On-Demand Channel to bring in a subscriber base and even checkout comprehensive reports from these followers.
I like that you can schedule promotions and coupons to keep your subscribers coming back and push them to share with their friends. You can also start testing the plugin for free and move onto the paid option once you see that it fits. Where Cleeng really excels is the Live Pay-Per-View Event functionality, where it schedules your events and charges people who want to watch. This is great for a conference, sporting event, or concert.
Leaky Paywall is nice for all website owners because the company offers a free demo to see how the plugin works with your site. Access various additional add-ons and plugins that work with Leaky Paywall, such as a nag popup plugin that tells readers how many articles they can read before they must subscribe. I wouldn’t recommend forcing readers to pay for your blog, but it’s a nice feature for magazines.
With a metered paywall and multiple subscription levels, the price tag is worth it, since you receive dedicated support for all your questions.
Pigeon isn’t a traditional WordPress plugin, but it lets you search for your members by name and see what types of payment methods they use along with what type of subscription they are signed up for. One thing I like about this is the Transactions tab, so you can always see how many times someone has been charged. This also works nicely for when someone wants to cancel the subscription.
Like I stated before, the Pigeon plugin actually works on any CMS, so you have to purchase the system through their website instead of searching around for it in your WordPress dashboard.
One of the main ways to keep your subscription-base happy is by making it easy for them to access content, modify subscription settings and feel comfortable using your system. Memberful WP is not as popular as some of the other paywall plugins on this list, but it offers a sleek interface along with widgets to include on your website for users to modify their subscription settings.
This plugin also works directly with WordPress, so when people sign into the Memberful WP plugin it also signs them into your WordPress site. There is no need to remember two sets of login credentials.
With a free visual demo on their product website, the MuCash plugin is at least worth a look. I’m not a huge fan that their plugin hasn’t been updated in a long time, but from the looks of it they have moved away from the actual WordPress plugin and focused on building their simple API. The system focuses on collecting micropayments, so maybe a quarter for one video or eBook, but I’m not sure how quickly I would pull out my credit card to make such a small payment.
Regardless, the MuCash system works to eliminate the need to punch in your credit card information over and over, since your money is converted into MuCash, which can actually be used on any site that implements the same system.
BitWall doesn’t have the download count or ratings that some of the other paywall plugins have, but it’s worth mentioning since it also integrates social share payments, so if someone doesn’t want to pay for their content they can simply tweet to unlock.
Another unique area of the BitWall interface is the ad-watching trade-off. One way to monetize your site is to ask your readers if they would like to watch a quick ad before moving on. This is similar to how YouTube plays ads, except with this you have full control over it. The only problem is that if someone has AdBlock, it certainly hurts your efforts.
Let me know in the comments section below if you have any questions or suggestions for this paywall WordPress plugin list. Are you using any of these paywalls?
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