Previously, users could access one FT.com article before they were acquired to register. Now they must register before accessing any articles.
Registered users can access up to 10 articles a month at no charge. After that, readers are required to sign up for a paid subscription. With this metered model, a form of which The New York Times plans to implement online next year, FT.com increased its paid subscribers to 126,000 at the end of 2009, an increase of 15% year over year, according to the company.
Certain portions of the site, such as the FT.com’s blogs, remain open without registration.