WordPress paywall web development for local news publishers

No more paying separately for web development, plugins, hosting, newsletter software, site maintenance, and subscription strategy consulting. We bundle everything into one low monthly rate.

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.

All our features, including:

Website development
Newsletter sending
Ad management
Surveys and polls
Obituary portal

Premium analytics
Auto post stories to social
Enterprise web hosting
Daily site backups
No revenue sharing fees


*discount available for small publishers

Setup and support

Onboarding training
Email support
Migration included
Strategy consulting
No setup fees


All software, hosting, newsletter, and plugin licensing included.

Not ready to launch just yet? Request a demo.

Run on the best paywall tech stack with licenses included

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

Yes, everything you need is included with our $599/mo price point. This includes website hosting, software/plugins, newsletter sending, strategy, support, and more! All Leaky Paywall addons, Newsletter Glue addons, and WP Advanced Ads addons are included.

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

No, 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.

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 2 weeks 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.

I want to sign up, but can’t afford $599/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 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