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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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Some others were aware but some did not say anything out in the open but there were some private messages.
Do you think Ning would ban all members who put them down? No! Just the ones that may have hit a nerve.
@SQR.fm Thank you for your kind words.
I just have to share this. This is a quote from Joe in the paid access discussion on Creators. Just Brilliant.
"what i cannot understand is how 1 application (in this case Paid Access) you tag it a price that is almost equivalent to the price of the what we pay to host the network per month (PLUS)
it is very ironic
Its like buying a house and then a piece of furniture costs the same as the house"
An alternative to Paid Access is to charge people for membership per se, or to ask new members to make a donation. If you set up an alternative Home Page (using File Manager) you can incorporate a donation or subscription widget such as PayPal. This can be voluntary or compulsory depending on your network. If you'd like more information on this concept please message me.