Yes, Eventually

In the continuing saga of the “did they/didn’t they” and “will they/won’t they” matter of changing WordPress plans and pricing, here is the latest.

Those of us who, over the past few days, have been trying to decipher whether or not WordPress is going to be changing from its free plan plus four paid plans to a scaled-down free plan and one relatively expensive “Pro” (for professional bloggers) plan, have been receiving responses from WordPress that have been at best, unclear, and at worst, contradictory. But it seems that the correct answer is yes, eventually.

In my latest exchange with WordPress, I asked, “So does this mean that the plan I’m on (Personal plan) will disappear and that if I want more functionality than the free plan offers (e.g., no ads, more media storage), I’ll have to upgrade from the Personal plan at $48/yr to the Pro plan at $180/ yr?”

Here is the Happiness Engineer’s response, which includes a happy face.

Yes, you are correct again! 🙂
Though, we have no timeline yet as to when we will totally remove these legacy plans: Personal, Premium, Business and eCommerce. You could still continue to renew your existing plan through the Upgrades menu on your dashboard.

Okay. That sounds pretty definitive to me. The current paid plans — Personal, Premium, Business and eCommerce — are going, going, gone, but no date has been set for their departure.

Thus, at some point down the road, you will either have a free, limited functionally option or a $180 a year profession/business option with all the bells and whistles you’d need to run your own e-commerce site.

As a hobby blogger who has no aspirations to turn my blog into a money-making machine, I have no need for most of those bells and whistles. But once my current Personal plan expires next January, I will have to decide if I want to go to a limited-functionally free plan or pay a lot of money for features I have little use for. And so will you!

I suggest that, for those of you currently on a paid plan, you should renew early, because it seems that once the folks at WordPress set their timeline for this migration, if you want to stay with WordPress, you’ll have to either lower your expectations or empty your wallet.

WordPress Speaks with Forked Tongue

I’m really getting confused and frustrated with WordPress. I was delighted this morning when I read Jim Adams’ post, in which he wrote that he had contacted WordPress about the alleged elimination of the Personal, Premium, Business, and eCommerce plans. Jim said, “They wrote back to me and said that the Personal, Premium, Business, and eCom plans are not being discontinued. The Pro plan has been introduced in addition to these plans and is currently only available for the FREE sites.”

Great news, huh?

But wait. Yesterday I opened a help ticket asking if the rumors circulating about the plan changes were true. I got this response below just a few minutes ago.

Huh? So which is it, WordPress? Talk about mixed messages and contradictory information. Which is it? Is it what you told Jim Adams or what you told me?

Much Ado About Nothing?

Yesterday there were some posts going around, including mine, suggesting that WordPress was consolidating down to two plans: a scaled-back free plan, and a professional blogger-level Pro plan at $180 a year. This created quite the brouhaha among us casual, hobby bloggers.

I opened up a help ticket on WordPress asking if this were true, but as of this morning, I have not received a response. But my blogging buddy Jim Adams, who must have more clout with WordPress than I do, contacted WordPress, and he was told that “that the Personal, Premium, Business, and eCom plans are not being discontinued. The Pro plan has been introduced in addition to these plans and is currently only available for the FREE sites.”

So it seems that we were all up in arms over something that won’t adversely affect most of us. Thank you, Jim, for giving us the real skinny on this matter. What a relief.

I contacted WordPress because there was a lot of chatter going on yesterday about WordPress canceling the Personal, Premium, Business, and eCommerce …

Renewed My Subscription

WordPress Shenanigans?

Many of us have a sense of loyalty and devotion to WordPress. I’ve had several WordPress blogs since migrating from TypePad in 2013. But something may be afoot that will put our loyalty to the test.

I don’t know if there is a conspiracy theory going around or if it’s a bad April Fool’s Day joke. But rumor has it that WordPress will be combining the Personal, Premium, Business, and eCommerce plans into one “Pro” plan and will only be offering either a scaled-back free plan or a $180/year Pro plan. This seems to be a pretty credible story, but I have personally opened a support ticked with WordPress to try to get a confirmation if this is true.

If this is true, then, if you’re currently on a paid plan (I’m in the Personal plan), when it expires, you will be reverted back to the free plan or will have to shell out $180 a year to use the Pro plan. And if it’s true, it’s just another demonstration point that WordPress is abandoning its base of casual, hobby bloggers in order to pursue professional e-commerce blogs.

If these changes are confirmed, we need to all reach out to the Happiness Engineers to express our anger at this latest affront. We need to flood the message boards with our outrage at being cast aside by the blog hosting site to which been loyal. We need to let our yowls of indignation energize us, like we did a few years back when we learned that a site called Tygpress was stealing our intellectual property.

Our efforts worked then, and maybe if we make enough noise, WordPress might actually hear us.

Written for these daily prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (devotion), The Daily Spur (conspiracy), Your Daily Word Prompt (express), My Vivid Blog (message boards), E.M.’s Random Word Prompt yowls), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (energize).

The More You Know, The Madder You’ll Get

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but our “friends” WordPress seem bound and determined to fuck over their casual, hobby blogger users in favor of business and e-commerce users.

I’m reblogging this post from beetleypete, who saw this post from Bookstooge.

Bottom line, the Personal, Premium, Business, and eCommerce plans will disappear and there will only be two plans: the Free plan and the Pro plan. The cost of the Pro plan will be $180 a year, paid in advance (not monthly), which is more than three-times what I’m currently paying for the Personal plan.

With the new Free plan, you’ll be limited to 0.5 GB of storage space in your media library, versus 3.0 GB of media storage today. There will also be other Free plan limitations that beetleypete and Bookstooge mention in their posts.

I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!

Read these two post. Then I think all of us need to contact WordPress to vocally complain about this new pricing policy. We can’t let these greedy fuckers get away with this.

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