Pico alternative: how Leaky Paywall compares

When it comes to creating a subscription/membership system in WordPress, there are dozens of options available.

Here at Zeen101, we are laser-focused on serving news and magazine publishers. Our Leaky Paywall product is more than your typical WordPress plugin. It’s an enterprise purpose-built solution designed to accelerate your paid subscriptions

Let’s dive into specifics that separate Leaky Paywall from Pico and other platforms.

If you haven’t noticed by now, we are laser-focused on serving news and magazine publishers. This means that we not only provide a robust content restriction platform but also provide in-depth strategy and analysis to help our customers meet their subscription goals. We show you how to make the best of your paywall solution.

Leaky Paywall is WordPress-based. This means that you are in control of your customer data since it resides in your WordPress dashboard and not in a centralized SaaS application.

With Leaky Paywall, we never charge transaction fees. The only fees that apply are from your desired credit card gateway.

Our paywall can be cookie-based or IP-based. If you want to lock down content and prevent incognito browsing/browser switching, our IP-based paywall has got you covered. It also helps increase revenue!

We provide mobile apps for iOS and Android that integrates with your Leaky Paywall installation. Restrict content in your mobile apps and manage everything from the comfort of your WordPress dashboard.

We integrate with more than a dozen different CRM/fulfillment platforms keeping your subscriptions in sync across multiple systems.

Offer traditional flipbooks/pdfs to your customers and prevent link sharing by requiring readers to log in to view content.

Offer your customers an Ad-free experience subscription level using our AdDropper add-on (integrates with your existing ad platform too).

FeatureLeaky PaywallPico
Publisher focused
No transaction feesMonthly fee + 2-5%
IP-based paywall?
WordPress focused
Integrated mobile apps
CRM/fulfillment integrations
Ad management

If you’re looking for a quick drop-in solution that doesn’t require further integration with existing subscription systems, and you’re okay with a 5% transaction fee, Pico may be a great fit. If you’re looking for more functionality designed specifically for news and magazine publishers, Leaky Paywall is the way to go.

Perhaps this may sound biased coming from a blog post on Leaky Paywall’s website—you’re not wrong, however, after using virtually everything plugin out there for my own news publisher clients, I joined the Zeen101/Leaky Paywall team because I fell in love with their product.

Tyler Channell
Morgantown, WV

Tyler is head of support at Leaky Paywall and runs a start-up called PaywallProject focused on providing affordable turnkey subscriptions sites for local news publishers.

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