A paywall is a system that prevents Internet users from accessing webpage content (most notably news content and scholarly publications) without a paid subscription or one-time fee.
Paywalls come in a couple of varieties. They are both “soft” or “hard” paywalls in use.
Soft paywalls have more flexibility since a user can view the content without subscribing.
Hard paywalls allow minimal or no access to a website’s content without subscription.
In recent time, newspapers have been putting paywalls on their websites to increase revenue which has been diminishing due to a decline in both print subscriptions and advertising revenue.
Although it looks like paywall should be two words (pay wall), it seems that preferred format is one word.
How long before you encounter a paywall in your internet reading?