WordPress has just ironed out a deal with credit card provider Stripe to offer millions of websites an avenue to charge for their blog articles. Owners of WordPress and Jetpack-powered websites will now be able to use a new feature to set up subscriptions for supporters who wish to help out with repeat contributions. The feature will be available as part of all paid WordPress.com plans, making it easy for website owners to charge for monthly donations, weekly newsletters, or “yearly access to exclusive content.” It offers flexibility in setting up the payment schedule as well as a way for subscribers to cancel at any time, should they wish to do so.
This could provide an additional revenue channel for the three million creators who already use services like Patreon, as well as many others who want to monetize their work.
This system is only going live if you host your website on WordPress.com, not if you have your site hosted on another server.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.