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Vendor List - Paywall and Subscription Management Solutions

[Last updated April 22, 2016]

Full disclosure: Our company, Sabramedia, develops the Pigeon Paywall solution listed below. We created this list because our solution may not fit your needs. It's important to make an educated decision on a paid content solution for your business. Our goal with this list is to help you make that decision easier by reducing your discovery time. May you find the solution that fits your business the best. Happy hunting!

We used the following criteria to develop the profile for each vendor:

  • Plugin solution - Some vendors require your to use their full content publishing solution.  In other words they don't have a solution that seamlessly integrates with your current CMS.
  • Fees published - Some solutions publish fees, others require you to contact them. Or fees seems to be vague and incomplete based on our research.
  • Description - We include the company's mission statement or small snippet from their about page or equivalent.

Disclaimer: We don't guarantee all information is 100% current. We try to keep this updated, but vendor policies may be different than listed below, please follow through to the vendor's website for current information.

Find a company not in the list? Or information is not accurate? Please contact us here and let us know.

Paywall and Subscription Management

CoinTent

Plugin solution: yes

Fees published: yes

Description:

Making it easy to paywall quality content. Sell subscriptions or individual pieces of content with one account and one click.

MediaPass

Plugin solution: yes

Fees published: no

Description:

Wasn't able to find their fees on their website, but an article back in 2010 alluded to a 35% transaction rate (link). They handle customer support for this as well.

MemberGate

Plugin solution: no, requires their full CMS platform

Fees published: yes

MPP Global Solutions

Plugin solution: yes

Fees published: no

Description

We deliver the market leading cloud Identity Management, CRM and eCommerce platform, eSuite, designed for the media and entertainment industry to power paid content strategies.

Our mission is to deliver the leading CRM & eCommerce platform to the world’s most powerful media & entertainment companies.

Pigeon

Plugin solution: yes

Fees published: yes

Description

Pigeon makes setting up and maintaining your paid-content solution easy. Our goal is to provide tools that help companies better monetize their digital content and engage their customers.

Pigeon is a paywall plugin that works with your existing website. Pigeon offers you a pain-free way to setup a paywall and offer paid access to your premium content. Pigeon is flexible and built with a wide variety of paywall types in mind. It provides your customers with a simple, beautifully designed interface for managing their account settings as well as an administration area for you to manage customers and generate reports.

Press Plus

Plugin solution: yes

Fees published: no

Description

No one can point to any quality journalism operation that depended only on ad revenue, that gave its content away for free, and thrived as a profitable, independent business. Not one. Ever. We’re offering newspaper and magazine publishers a chance to work with us to reclaim their old business model — in which a combination of advertising and reader-paid revenue secures independent journalism.

Our goal is to develop custom programs that drive revenue, while at the same time preserving and even enhancing advertising and circulation goals.

Recurly

Plugin solution: no, connect via api

Fees published: yes

Description:

On the surface, subscription billing sounds easy: charge a credit card a certain amount every month. But companies of all sizes have discovered that managing recurring billing is significantly more challenging than processing one-time payments.

By automating the complexities of subscription billing management, Recurly helps businesses eliminate the pain of scaling recurring billing operations with an easy, self-serve, pay-as-you-go platform.

RevenueWire

Plugin solution: no, connect via api

Fees published: no

RevenueWire is a global ecommerce platform optimized for software and services.

Our robust, end-to-end solution allows you to outsource global transactions while giving you access to an experienced team to help you enhance every stage of the customer lifecycle. With millions of transactions under our belt, we understand how to empower companies to grow online.

Subscription Genius

Plugin solution: yes

Fees published: yes

Description

Subscription Genius began as an alternative to the bulky subscription management software that medium-size publishers had been struggling to use for years. Originally developed as a cloud-based subscription management solution for Omaha Publications, Subscription Genius founder Joel Pape quickly realized that there was a need for a reliable, convenient, subscription management solution that could handle online checkouts, promotions, fundraisers, and more.

With a fresh take on the industry, Pape and his team designed a cloud-based software tool that could grow with its partner publications. Subscription Genius is the result of detailed market research and countless interviews with industry insiders — providing publishers with smarter ways to streamline operations and provide maximum value for advertisers.

Swishu

Acquired by Tinypass (below) early 2014 http://www.tinypass.com/blog/tinypass-acquires-swishu/.

Tinypass

Plugin solution: yes

Fees published: yes, note: there is a 5-10% transaction fee that's not easy to find.

Description

We believe that bloggers, magazines, newspapers, and all creators shouldn't have so much trouble making money online.

And we believe that people should have a way to support the creativity they love, beyond just clicking on banner ads.

We can't change the media landscape overnight. So we're contributing in the way we know how: building amazing software.

Paywalls - What's New

Toll Trigger

Not sure if they are open for business, but they have a pretty neat video about a new paywall concept.

 


Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson, CEO & Founder of Sabramedia, has more than twelve years in the web development and software business, and has spent the last few years talking with newspaper and digital media professionals around the world. Nick provides a knowledgeable perspective on web related topics for the newspaper and media industry. Sabramedia makes the Pigeon Paywall and Subscription Managment plugin and Pigeon Archive service.

Comments
  • Peter Ericson 7.17.15

    Just found this via LinkedIn... if you are looking for a WordPress specific solution check out Leaky Paywall: https://zeen101.com/leakypaywall/
    Thanks!

  • ali 1.5.16

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