After reading Fandango’s recent posts about changes to WordPress plans, I went along to the forum to see if it were true, or, as I hoped, an April Fool’s Day gag. Well, if it is a gag, it is a very elaborate one as I read several posts from bloggers asking where the other plans had disappeared to. Every single answer was the same. “As of yesterday (1 April) we have changed our plans.” They really are now only offering the free one and the Pro one. The free one has so little storage, 500mb that any blogger who does photography would quickly run out of room. This is for new bloggers I should add. Existing free plan members keep their 3GB although apparently there have been some glitches with that.
As we have two blogs, I was concerned about the price rise if I had to upgrade to Business even though that plan is supposed to have dropped in price from $25 to $15 a month. Why do they tell us the monthly charge when we are not allowed to pay it monthly? $180 a year would be about $A240 a year for each blog. That’s a lot to find in one hit.
I immediately went to check when my plans run out as the information Fandango had was that when your current personal or premium plan ran out if would revert to the free one. Luckily, one of mine was renewed in February. The other, this one, was due in three days. I looked at the Plans page and it was still showing all the old plans so I quickly renewed it at the old price of $US96. Still a big chunk of money for me but at least I should have some breathing space to decide what to do.
I already have more than 3GB of media on each blog and if stuff has to be deleted, I don’t want it done randomly by the so called “Happiness Engineers”. I like to think of the doll blog as a resource for collectors to help them identify dolls and outfits so I don’t want to lose my older photos from it.
A WordPress representative on the Forum said that the idea of changing the plans was to make WP accessible to more people at a lower price. I don’t see how it will do that. Many users will probably leave rather than pay more. I have to think it is a sneaky way of forcing the hobby bloggers out. They do say that more options will be added later but I kind of feel that they will be more expensive options, not cheaper ones.
I honestly don’t know if there is anything that can be done about this. WP have been heading this way for a few years now. We’ve all complained about it to no avail. WP does not really engage with us any more except via the Forum. I don’t usually go there and only did today because of this issue. I recall when they used to post about subjects of interest and set challenges but those days are long gone. However, I am prepared to make a noise about it if anyone can suggest who to address correspondence to.
I do suggest that bloggers check their plans and if they are due to expire soon and the old plans are still showing on your page renew it now and buy some time to think about where to go from here.
If it is a giant April Fool’s Day gag then I have to say to the Happiness Engineers it is not very funny.
Last one out of the door please turn off the lights.
I am not totally sure, but Google and WordPress merged a while back and that was right skeins the time the challenges they offered ended and the staff went into “behind the curtain” mode (which i think has multiple reasons for doing so) and so I think a lot of the changes we have all experienced the last few years have been related to that
–and then of course whatever group of people decide it is time to generate revenue.
manja id a blogger who recently shared that there was a glitch for her blog and they have her back the 3GB
And my thoughts?
Considering WP is so established – maybe they don’t need to have as many people blogging and using their servers
Maybe space is an issue and they aren’t only being greedy – but they need to accommodate the photos and videos that get bigger and bigger to store?
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I had not heard of any Google connection. That’s very interesting. You could be right about the need for space but it is a very discourteous way of dealing with it. An explanation and a long period for people to remove old media and post themselves as Flickr has done would have been fairer.
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I agree and maybe they will still do that?
What the heck. I will have to check. Thanks for the heads up, Vanda.
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Great post – sums it all up really nicely!
The new plan system is wildly inappropriate for someone looking to launch a blog or website.
Many new starters just want to get going with their own website & address to begin with.. Considering they won’t have a large site or following, paying this vast amount just isn’t an option for most people.
I think you’re right – they want rid of the hobby bloggers don’t they.
Do you have any experience with other blogging platforms? 🙂
Hi Matt, no I haven’t used any other blogging platforms. I did do a stint of using WordPress.org but that’s not a lot different to use.
I started out with a free blog and that’s what I would have advised most new bloggers to do rather than spend money without being sure if you will keep at it. However, if you take a lot of photos you would quickly run out of space even if you reduce them like I do with the new allowance.