WordPress paywall web development for local news publishers

PaywallProject supports small and medium-sized digital news publishers by relieving them from the responsibility of creating and managing their own tech stack.

We handle the tech 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 built just for you.

Gary Kopycinski

"A relief to have every technical aspect of our site covered. Finally, we can spend our time writing as our subscriber base grows."

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.

We manage all of the tech

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

Grow your paid subscriptions

We take care of your subscription growth strategy ensuring that your site is properly set up to maximize paid audience growth.

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Ready to grow your audience and your paid subscriptions?

We'll take care of your local news website while you focus on publishing.



Up to 1,000 subscribers

Website development

Fully managed WP hosting

Proactive site monitoring

All Leaky Paywall extensions

Daily backups


No setup fee

No revenue sharing fees



Up to 2,500 subscribers

Everything in Startup

Newsletter sending

Surveys and polls

Obituary portal

Automatic social posting



Up to 5,000 subscribers

Everything in Plus

1:1 growth sessions

Priority support

Custom API integrations


More than 5,000 subscribers? Get in touch for a custom quote.

Run on the best paywall tech stack with licenses included

Is Leaky Paywall, Newsletter Glue, and WP Advanced Ads licensing included?

All Leaky Paywall addons + licensing is included with all plans.

Newsletter Glue addons and WP Advanced Ads addons + licensing are included with the Plus plan or higher.

Do I still need my MailChimp account (or any other newsletter sending service)?

With our Plus plan or higher, you no longer need a MailChimp account or any other newsletter sending service. With PaywallProject, you get up to 10,000 subscriber contacts with no limit on the number of emails sent. Have more than 10,000 subscriber contacts? Get in touch for a custom quote.

What is proactive site monitoring?

We partner with a leading fully managed WordPress hosting provider to offer proactive site monitoring every 60 seconds. If an issue is detected with your website, no matter the time of day, our hosting partner works to resolve the problem right away.

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?

On average, it takes about 1 week or less.

Do you offer mobile apps?

Yes, we offer mobile apps starting at $399 per month. Apple Developer and Google Play developer accounts are required to get started. We will guide you through the set up!

I have a design/theme 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 or want us to use your existing theme, 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.

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 worrying 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