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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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I gave up on my Ning account several months ago and that was based on my already maintaining a full on established website and blog for a number of years. I liked some aspects of what it offered but there was just no time to work with it and when it became a pay to use option I let it go. It does seem very quick that an increase happened after becoming a pay medium, so I hope for those who rely on it. Perhaps many users are better served by other online options such as a blog or site of their own and a Facebook Fan page to direct traffic. Good luck to all.
KP - PiercingMetal.com
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.
My Repost From NC
*ANYONE WHO STATES IM JUST A COMPLAINER, READ ALL OF MY POST BEFORE YOU JUDGE*
Now that I got that out the way, my thought process on the price changes!
I have been a valued customer of Ning even before we had the paid plans. When you guys were going to implement that I told myself even though I'm coming out of pocket and sometimes it might hurt me, I'm going to pay for the Pro plan every chance I get. Now some may say $10..... Just like majority of the discussion authors it's not really price exactly. Two key things that stormed people up are the fact they decided a month before the change to hit us with this and the other tell us it's because of features (which they had in their roadmap anyway) have been added.
I was expecting a price increase, because I told myself they are going to raise the price maybe in November which would be a key time because the holidays are in and people tend to buy more then, in hence paid memberships would make sense. I feel sorry for Eric most because he will be the one getting blamed most for what possibly was out of his control.
That's it for me, I am not paying an additional $5. per month.
Looks like NING wants some of the creators' Paid Access money in return for providing Paid Access!
New fees works out approx. £37 per month for UK creators who have Pro accounts (current exchange rates) . Which currently cost approx. £31; an increase of £6. I think we can live with that, for now at least!
I immediately abandoned ning when he announced the first payment plans, because it does not seem right that there is no longer a free version
I tried some sites like "spruz" and "socialgo", and then found wackwall (now called wall.fm)
Initially there were several technical problems and bugs, but then the situation has improved considerably.
Now I am very happy and satisfied, I am comfortable.
The free version is perfect, and even the paid versions are not too expensive
Also you can customize at will, with a minimum of CSS knowledge (I have also created a website dedicated to it Enjoy Custom), and in any case, the support forum wall.fm works great. support forum is the best I've ever seen
More info Prices http://wall.fm/pricing.php
thank you very much
However, even for me, English is not my language. I speak Italian, but I can also communicate using the google translator
... and slowly I am learning English LoL