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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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This is a nice feature to wall.fm, who are always quick to respond in the support forums (and messages)
There is still no support in Spanish, but there are possibly other Spanish-speaking webmasters who may can help
Also, I think the plugin is already available for your Spanish language site
I don't like they increase it up to 20%-25%. My salary doesn't have 25% increasing yet. This is not about I can afford to or not. I've changed my plan from PRO to PLUS and pay by monthly. If they want it to be a rich guys' toy. They can do it. I think they need new business model. Otherwise they'll keeping increase 25% every year.
I think NING should release the paid access feature first. Teach most of the creators how to use it to make money then increase price.
So what about paid access doesn't work for the many creators?
If this increasing is for the paid access. Then should increase the PRO price and decrease the PLUS.
This is a blow for the smaller sites on ning ~ How many of us will stay and pay or find another platform.
Seriously thinking about what options are available.
So it is to believe that every 12 months ning will jack up the prices?????? and forcing more fantastic sites to leave well I will be one of them leaving
To the benefit of this, there will be less NING-look websites. And all these NING-look websites are successful!!!
And pls tell me if you find other good social website programs.