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 offers a little something different.
Paid Member Subscriptions is a full-on WordPress membership plugin that lets users build membership plans for their website and, thus, monetize the content on it right away.
The plugin lets you create and manage member subscriptions, and grant and revoke access to posts, pages, categories as well as custom post types based on the membership level visitors subscribe to. With the Paid Member Subscriptions plugin, you can restrict access to certain parts of your website so that only specific users have access to it, or you can even make your entire site exclusive to paying members.
The plugin also seamlessly integrates with WooCommerce allowing you to restrict product viewing, purchasing, and special product prices to members.
Zlick is a WordPress paywall plugin created with the goal of maximizing conversions and generating revenue for content creators of all types.
It’s a great service to create and sell premium content on a subscription basis. Zlick makes it really easy to set up your subscription pricing, customize your paywall signup form, and manage your subscribers from your account portal.
One feature that made this solution stand out to us in our full Zlick review was its analytics. It shows you stats such as active subscribers, the current month’s revenue, and projected revenues. It even includes what are called “Top Content By Sales” reports. The latter is a brilliant way of understanding which of your premium content is performing the best, and therefore, where you should focus your attention going forward.
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.
Based on the research we’ve done so far, the best two solutions we recommend for adding a paywall to your WordPress site are Paid Member Subscriptions or Zlick. Which one you choose depends very much on your needs.
Let me know in the comments section below if you have any questions or suggestions for this paywall WordPress plugin list. If you’ve already tried any of them, share your experience with our other readers below.