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Just announced by Ning's CEO Jason Rosenthal, effective after July 20, 2011, Ning's Pro and Plus Subscription Plans will increase. You will have the opportunity to purchase your plans on an Annual basis to maintain the current pricing.
The new pricing will be:
He mentions the following features that have been implemented this past year:
Ning Design Studio, Social Sign-in, Leaderboards, Like Buttons and Ning Everywhere.
He then talks about the "up and coming" "Paid Access", which will enable Ning Network Creators to charge for membership for a Network or Special Content. Ning Network Creators may take issue or be confused with the mention of the "Paid Access" module in this announcement. There's an additional monthly fee to activate the new module when it's available: $19.95. It's not included in the "more valuable subscription" features.
Mr. Rosenthal completes the announcement with comments about the upcoming Activity Feed that will offer better member engagement.
My immediate thoughts are:
But here are the questions:
To be fair, I'll tell you all what I feel about the increase, in a little more detail:
I feel it's a bit too sudden for some NCs. And I feel the "paid access" should be included. Aside from those I'm okay with it - - especially if we continue to receive a stronger and better product. But, would I be okay with yearly increases? Absolutely not.
Ning provides a phone number for anyone who has questions about this upcoming change. Jason encourages you to give them a ring at 888-278-4386 if you are located in the U.S. or Canada, or 650-713-3158 if you are located outside of these countries.
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If they changed their minds and include now the "paid access" as it seems to be announced that's fair for me.... If not, it's going to be prohibitive!!! 60 + 20....
And when will be the next increase??? And the next??? And the...
They need to clarify this :-(
I'm actually confused. Are we paying more for the paid access or not? I went to the original discussion and didn't see a change.
Correct, Writer Chick. However, thinking Ning won't be making much on the PayPal fees end of things. I suppose they could have cut a deal with PayPal to make a tiny percentage. But, wouldn't know.
I see where their positive upgrades have made a difference, not particularily for me, but I am assuming for many its whether we asked for it. Therefore I am wondering whether adding a level inbetween the Plus and Pro for those that didn't ask for the upgrades might benefit. This was pushing it for me anyway, in my particular genre they don't have alot of money therefore the donations are few and far between especially when we all need our buck in this economic time.
I have wonderful members and contribute to discussions, groups etc.. daily as I do, my time has been exhaustive in keeping the community active but I may have to cut out a few options to boot it down to the plus plan. I just am not sure at this point.