Simple & transparent pricing

Plan prices include unlimited stories for one website hosted on our servers.
For hosting on your infrastructure, see our add-ons.

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  • Prelude

    Make exceptional storytelling a habit —
    graduate to Shorthand

    Everything you need to start!
    • Site hosting
    • Basic section types
    • Basic analytics
    • Built-in themes
    $30per site per month
    Two months free if billed annually
    Start your free trial
  • Prime

    For small marketing & communications teams
    doing big things

    Prelude features plus:
    • Most section types
    • Story embedding
    • Google analytics
    • Slack community
    $150per site per month
    Two months free if billed annually
    Start your free trial
  • Pro

    For publishers, large communications and
    brand teams.

    Prime features plus:
    • All section types
    • Developer tools
    • 1 Branded theme
    • Unlimited teams
    $750per site per month
    Two months free if billed annually
    Start your free trial

Power ups for your Prime or Pro plan

  • Shorthandx

    Full story exports
    on Prime & Pro

    $1000per site per month
    Two months free if billed annually
    12-month minimum period
    Premium publishing options
    • Absolute peace of mind: complete copies of your Shorthand stories, including all the magic.Export complete story?
    • We make sure your team has what it needs to integrate Shorthand into your existing publishing processIntegration consulting?
    • Configure Shorthand to publish to your AWS S3 bucket.1-click S3 hosting?
    • Send your story to a server via Secure FTP.SFTP?
    • Download stories and assets to your infrastructure as a zip file.Zip exports?
    • Our supported CMS plugins.Drupal & WordPress plugins?
    • Host your images and videos on a dedicated asset server, separately from your HTML story files.Asset server support?
  • Premium support

    Elevated levels of support
    on Prime & Pro

    $1000per site per month
    Two months free if billed annually
    12-month minimum period
    We've got you covered
    • Jump to the head of the support queue.Faster response?
    • We try to respond to our customers as quickly as we can, but we provide a guaranteed 1 business day initial response time to Premium support customers.Response time guarantee?
    • Technical issues will be quickly escalated to our development team.Priority tech escalation?
    • Email & phone support
    • We'll provide feedback on as many stories as you like.Extended story kick-off?
    • We make sure you're getting the most out of Shorthand.Shorthand usage review?
    • Need help interpreting Google Analytics or require SEO advice? We can help!Expert advice & consulting?
  • White label

    No Shorthand branding
    on Prime & Pro

    $1000per site per month
    Two months free if billed annually
    12-month minimum period
    It's all yours
    • No Shorthand footer logo
  • Additional branded themes

    Style standard components
    on Pro

    $45per month
    Two months free if billed annually
    12-month minimum period
    Style these elements
    • Header
    • Standard fonts or fonts you've licensedFonts?
    • For fonts, backgrounds and other elementsColours?
    • Captions
    • And lots more!
  • Custom work

    Outside the box
    on Prime & Pro

    $150per hour
    Discounted day-rate available
    2-hour minimum
    A few ideas
    • Custom image galleries
    • Proprietary video players
    • Custom scroll behaviours
    • Additional sharing buttons
    • Detailed header/footers
    • Branded maps
    • And much more!
  • Sponsored stories

    For brand studios & agencies
    on Prime & Pro

    Get in touch  
    Premium ads & stories
    • Use Shorthand for all your clients.Publish for multiple brands?
    • Work across organisational boundaries with our collaboration features.Collaborate with your clients?

For qualifying customers

  • Not-for-profits

    Turn your readers into donors

    20% off
    Your go-to publishing solution for
    • Editorial
    • Campaigns
    • Annual reports
    • So much more!
  • Academic institutes

    Schools, universities & research institutes

    50% off
    Enhance your
    • Science communication
    • Newsletters & alumni magazines
    • Annual reports
    • Teaching materials
    Apply for discount
  • Journalism & comms classes

    Teach tomorrow's storytellers

    100% off
    Use Shorthand to teach
    • Visual storytelling techniques
    • Enterprise journalism workflows
    • When to use visual storytelling
    • Collaborative storytelling
    Apply for discount


How do I get started?

Starting is easy! Sign up for free right now, and create as many stories as you like. Contact us during your trial period to switch onto a paid plan to enable publishing.

What are your payment terms?

We keep our billing and accounting overheads low so that we can allocate more resources to making a magical product and delivering outstanding customer support. In aid of this, we have strict payment terms and a simple billing process.

For customers on annual billing who spend a minimum of $5,000 per year, we offer credit card payments and bank transfers (ACH credit transfers for US customers). Please note that we cannot accept cheques (or checks!).

For all other customers, credit card is the only acceptable payment method, and a valid credit card must remain on file with our PCI Data Security Standards compliant payment gateway for the duration of your subscription.

Our payment terms are strictly Net-0 day (i.e., due upon receipt) unless we have negotiated a signed agreement stating otherwise.

What do you mean by "site"?

A site is simply the location, usually identified by a domain (e.g., or subdomain (e.g., where your audience reads your stories. All plans can be expanded by configuring more sites at an additional cost.

What support do you provide?

Our customer support is part of the Shorthand magic. Really. Here's what one customer recently told us:

"Please know that you have had a very large and positive influence on my life and how the next few weeks will proceed work-wise."

That's the kind of impact our support and success team delivers every single day.

Shorthand is beautifully simple to use, but we're here when you need us! You can contact us by email, and if you have our Premium support option, by phone.

We have extensive support documentation and training videos in our knowledge base. You may also like to become part of our Slack community for all things Shorthand and visual storytelling.

Customers on our Pro plan or who have our Premium support addon also benefit from our story kick-off service, where we provide feedback on your first three stories if you'd like us to.

Basically, we've got you covered!

How are stories published?

That’s up to you.

Here at Shorthand we believe in an open and diverse web. Our aim is to help you create unique, compelling reading experiences for your audience on your website. With that in mind, we offer several publishing options.

First, you can download a zip file containing the HTML, CSS, Javascript and media assets, which you can host on your own servers, at a URL of your choosing. This approach affords you complete flexibility.

Second, you can export the story via our story API, enabling you to automate the story export workflow. This approach is often chosen by customers who have integrated Shorthand with their existing CMS.

Third, if you'd rather, we can host your story on our servers, under a domain or subdomain of your choosing.

Finally, we offer an embed code enabling you to launch the story from a page in your CMS or elsewhere.

What happens if I don't want to use Shorthand any more?

If you have our Shorthandx add-on, simply ensure you've published and/or exported all your stories, then ask us to deactivate or delete your account.

If you don't have Shorthandx then we offer a basic export of your story data without the Javascript and CSS that makes Shorthand stories magical. If you'd like to keep your Shorthand stories live, then you'll need to continue with your subscription.

I'm on an old plan with story credits. How do I move to a new plan?

Get in touch with us by clicking the button below, and we'll be happy to help you find the plan that's right for you.

I want to upgrade from Shorthand Social to Shorthand. Can I bring my stories with me?

Unfortunately, we don't currently have an automated method for migrating Social stories to Shorthand. Social is a completely separate platform. However, for customers who'd like to recreate their Social stories in Shorthand, we can enable URL redirection from your old stories to your new stories. Note that any Social user who has published one or more Social stories prior to July 1, 2018 qualifies for one year of Prelude for free. We also offer discounts on our other paid plans to Social users. Please get in touch using the button below.