WordPress-Powered Local News Subscriptions in West Virginia

Sarah Gooding from WPTavern published an awesome article on local newspapers in West Virginia.

With all the talk of big money in WordPress and big tech in general, it’s great to see people like Tyler Channell focus on real problems and real solutions like this. Here’s the description of Tyler’s WordPress-powered PaywallProject:

After helping his first local newspaper find success with a paywall he implemented, he decided to put together a simple ready-to-go website solution focused on growing paid digital subscribers for local newspapers across West Virginia and beyond. He now has approximately 20 local newspapers signed on to the PaywallProject’s services. The all-in-one subscription platform for local news costs $199/month and includes website development, a flexible paywall subscription platform with no transaction fees, migration, and built-in ad management.

How Much Revenue Do Local Publishers Make?

One of the ideas behind KinshiPress is that local publishers are successfully finding new business models, often powered by WordPress.

Here’s some data to back that up from LION, a group that supports local publishers: annual revenue went up by 33% between 2020 and 2021. Most local publishers get by on revenue of just over $100k per year, but that’s growing.

Click here to see the data from LION.

News businesses that are members of LION Publishers reported earning a median annual revenue of $125,000 in 2021 — a 33 percent increase compared to a self-reported median annual revenue of $94,000 in 2020. More than half of LION members that shared financial data in both 2020 and 2021 experienced revenue growth, which is an encouraging sign of journalism businesses becoming more financially healthy as they work to achieve long-term sustainability. 

WPSiteSync is New Free on Github

WPSiteSync is an interesting WordPress plugin that is now 100% free. The plugin allows you to sync WordPress content across multiple sites.

Our team at PublishPress had considered building something like this for publishers, but it did seem like a difficult technical challenge.

Organize WordPress Posts by Automatically Creating Terms with TaxoPress

If you’re a publisher who adds a lot of content on your WordPress site, it’s easy to end up with an uncategorized. Your writers can easily forget to add relevant Tags, Categories, and the other taxonomy terms you need

The TaxoPress plugin is a WordPress plugin that we recommend because it can analyze your content and automatically create new terms. This is possible with the “Auto Terms” feature” in TaxoPress.

The Auto Terms feature is introduced in the video below. Underneath the video, you’ll also find a text and image guide to using this feature.

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