All-in-one subscription platform for local news

PaywallProject provides turnkey paywall subscription websites for news publishers. Launch in hours, not weeks.

We handle all aspects of your website so you can focus on publishing

We’ve solved the complexities of website development, server management, paywall integration, and digital subscriber growth strategy so you can focus on your business. Whether you’re a small local newspaper or a national magazine, run your publication on a modern platform that scales with you.

Run on the best paywall tech stack

We build your paywall website

We do the heavy lifting of developing your paywall-based website. We’ll even migrate your existing subscribers and content from other platforms.

Fully managed tech

Website hosting, software, strategy, and technical support are included with PaywallProject.

Built-in ad management

Manage your digital ads with ease directly from the WordPress dashboard.

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What’s included

Website development
Strategy consulting
Newsletter sending
Obituary payment portal
Surveys and polls
Ad management
Enterprise web hosting
Auto post stories to social media
No transaction/revenue sharing fees


No transaction fees

No startup fees

Launch in 7 days or less

Is there an additional charge for migrating my site?

Migration is included free of charge! In addition, if you already have existing subscribers through another platform, we can migrate them to your new PaywallProject-based site.

Do I need to purchase extra software outside of what PaywallProject includes?

Everything you need is included with our $499/mo price point. This includes website hosting, software, newsletter sending, strategy, support, and more!

Is newsletter sending included?

Newsletters are an extremely important component for building paid digital subscriptions. Newsletter sending is included!

Is there a subscriber limit for my newsletter?

There is no limit to the number of subscribers that can be on your list.

How does the obituary system work?

Our obituary payment portal allows the end-user to submit/pay for the publishing of obituaries directly on your site. The obituaries are then automatically drafted as WordPress posts which can be published after your approval.

How long does it take to get up and running?

Generally, it takes about 5 days or less.

Do you offer mobile apps?

Yes, we offer mobile apps starting at $499 per month

Do I qualify for $499 per month pricing?

If you run a weekly news publication, a digital news startup, or serve a small to medium-size market, you qualify for $499 per month pricing. For larger publications, please get in touch for a custom quote.

I have a design that I want to use. Can I use it with PaywallProject?

Yes. Design is included as part of PaywallProject. However, if you already have a preferred design picked out, we can implement that instead (no additional charge).

How do you compare with other services?

PaywallProject is an all-in-one solution. We include design, paywall integration, newsletter sending, ad management, migration, enterprise web hosting, backups, and strategy bundled into one low monthly price. We are on a mission to help publishers generate recurring revenue from subscriptions, memberships, donations, and more!

Do I need to hire a developer alongside PaywallProject?

No, all aspects of your website/paywall are managed by PaywallProject. Should you require custom functionality outside of what we offer, we can quote that development separately.

I have multiple sites I’d like to run with PaywallProject. Do you offer discounts?

Yes, for each additional site you bring onboard with PaywallProject, you’ll receive a 15% discount for that site per month.

I want to sign up, but can’t afford $499/mo. Is there a pathway for my publication?

Yes. PaywallProject was founded on the idea that all publishers, regardless of size, should be able to benefit from a digital subscription paywall platform. If you are a small local newspaper or small digital news startup, please get in touch.

Meet Our Team

We’re on a mission to make digital subscribers a sustainable revenue source for local news publishers. Best of all, we’re doing all of this from West Virginia!

Tyler Channell


I’m on a mission to make it possible for local news publishers to generate sustainable recurring revenue from digital subscriptions without having to worry about complicated tech and marketing.

Don Smith


Don Smith is the Executive Director at the West Virginia Press Association and brings more than 30 years of experience in the news publishing business.

Dana Coester


Dana Coester is the editor in chief for 100 Days in Appalachia and a professor at the WVU Reed College of Media where she also serves as creative director for the College’s Media Innovation Center.

Get in touch

We’re dedicated to building sustainable revenue streams for local publications.

Based in Morgantown, West Virginia