Pay per article or pay per post with Bitcoin Lightning

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Zahlung je Zeitungsartikel mit Bitcoin Lightning


Pay per article or pay per post with Bitcoin Lightning

Accept Lightning payments for your articles (Pay-per-Article ) and post (Pay-per-Post)

Many readers are aware of the problem. You will find an interesting article, which is either framed by annoying banner advertising or behind a Paywall for which you have to complete an expensive monthly subscription.

Even free trial subscriptions require registration with the disclosure of personal data.

Why do I have to sign an expensive online subscription for a newspaper if I only want to read a specific article?

With Lightning, payments per newspaper item can be offered for a few cents. The reader does not have to register, but executes the payment with one click and can read the article without interruption to the end.

Interested readers are also willing to pay for a high-quality article. But the price must also be reasonable. But to complete a whole monthly subscription for a single article is simply too much for many readers.

A multi-faceted reader would not only have to sign a subscription, but would have to do so at a large number of newspapers.

Sales per article (pay-per-article or pay-per-post) would thus be an ideal supplement to the existing billing models.

The special feature of Lightning is that you can offer an item for just a few cents. The cost of processing payments is only a few millicents.

This makes economic sense for billing via Lightning.

Due to the spread of Bitcoin and thus the payment option via Lightning, an increasing prevalence is gaining. It is fully available to every publisher and reader. Any reader with a Lightning Wallet can pay for any online offer.

Application example from the reader’s point of view

For better illustration, we have created an article, which is secured with a Lightning Paywall.

This article can be found at: “Paywall with Lightning” and pay by Lightning.

The reader needs a Lightning Wallet with corresponding Lightning credit for the payment.


Lightning Wallet and Lightning Balance

To try out the Lightnig Paywall you need a Lightning Wallet and some Lightning credit.

If you do not yet have a Lightning Wallet, install a Lightning Wallet on your smartphone now.

You can find an overview of the different Lightning Wallets at:

Wallet of Satoshi

We recommend the Wallet of Satoshi for iOS and Android

For instructions on how to install and use the Wallet of Satoshi, please visit:


After you have installed a Lightning Wallet, you will need some Satoshi in order to pay.

Coincharge gives you 100 Satoshi so you can try the Lightning Paywall for yourself.

Go to the page for this:

And scan with the Wallet of Satoshi Lightning App the QR Code displayed there.

LNbits Withdraw
Free Satoshi

You will receive 100sats credited to the Lightning Wallet to pay for the item.

If you would like to try the Lightning payment for yourself, you can get more information and a few Satoshis for free at


After you have set up a Lightning Wallet and have some Lightning credit, we can try the Lightning Paywall for ourselves.

Paywall with Lightning

We go to the “Paywall:” page and click on the pay button to make a Lightning payment.

The reader is presented with a Lightning invoice in the form of a QR Code.

With the help of his Lightning Wallet the QR code is scanned, the payment is executed and the full page is displayed.

Paywall the payment barrier for wordpress mit_Lightning_Zahlung

The procedure of a Lightning payment presented here is identical for the different providers.

Within a text the payment button is displayed. The payment amount is displayed either in Satoshi or in a Fiat currency like Euro or USD.

The reader does not have to register or disclose any personal information. Completely anonymously, the reader can immediately activate the article of his or her choice with one click and does not have to take out a subscription if he or she only wants to read a single article.

Meanwhile there are several providers who offer Lightning Paywall solutions.

We will briefly introduce the most important suppliers here:

Lightning Paywall Provider

Lightning Paywall von Coincharge

The Lightning Paywall from Coincharge is a WordPress plugin to distribute texts and blog posts with Lightning.

Besides texts, the Lightning Paywall also supports the sale of digital goods such as videos, software downloads or links to further information.

Lightning payments are processed via a BTCPay server.

Lightning Publisher for WordPress

The Lightning Publisher for WordPress is a WordPress plugin from the provider Lightning Charge.

The solution requires a C-Lightning implementation and the operation of a dedicated BTCPay server.

You then install Lightning Charge on your server and a variety of different apps are available, including the Lightning Publisher solution.

You install the WordPress Plugin and insert the paywall code into the respective text. The Lightning credits are issued on the own C-Lightning Node.

A detailed description including installation instructions can be found at Lightning Publisher for WordPress

BTC Paywall

The BTC Paywall is a WordPress plugin from High Level Bitcoin, where readers can pay with Lightning.

The reader comes to a page where the payment button is displayed after a preview text. An example page can be found below: or from us:

After successful payment the complete article will be displayed.

As an editor it is necessary to create a wallet on to which the Lightning payments are credited.

Further information and instructions for setting up BTC Paywall on your own WordPress instance can be found in the article: BTC Paywall


LNbits offers a lightning wallet and account system.

Within this LNbits wallet system extensions are offered. With this extension the most different applications based on Lightning can be realized.

One of these applications is a paywall solution.

With this paywall solution you pay for a continuing link. The publisher sets a continuing link to a new page. When the reader has paid, he is redirected to the activated page.

The unlocked page can be the full article, but also lead to a video or a download link.

LNbits Paywall

As an example we have created a paywall for a link that points to a YouTube video.

Follow this link: and the payment page will appear. Click on the checkmark and the QR code for payment will appear.

When you pay the 100sats, you will be redirected to the YouTube page of LNbits.

A detailed description of the possibilities of LNbits can be found in the article: LNbits Lightning Wallet and Account System

LNPay Lightning Paywall Generator

With the Lightning Paywall Generator from LNPay you create the contribution on your own page and place the link behind a paywall. If you have registered with LNPay, you can set the link to your post. To do this, specify a brief description and the amount for which the item is to be sold.

A new url is then generated, which can be presented to your customers. If paid with Lightning, the reader is redirected to the unlocked url.

To try out a payment at LNPay, follow this link: After successful payment of 50sats (equivalent to about half a cent) you will be redirected to this page.


Yalls is a platform where publishers can publish their own articles and earn Lightning when readers pay for the article.

To publish your own article, the author must pay a small fee. If you want to earn income from the article, you have to run your own Lightning Node. The corresponding node ID is then stored when the article is created and the Lightning payment receipts are then credited to your own node.

If a reader wants to read an article, he pays with Lightning and the proceeds go to the author. To read articles only, every Lightning Wallet is suitable. An own Lightning Node is only necessary if you want to publish articles yourself and generate income from them.

We have published an article on Yalls. Via this link

you get to the article and can unlock the article.

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