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In one of the biggest news of this month, WordPress.com has made major changes to its pricing plans – changes that could have a huge impact on the self-hosted WordPress ecosystem (WordPress.com and self-hosted WordPress). Read about the difference between hosted here).
WordPress.com did a lot of this without an announcement, which took a lot of people by surprise.
The high level gist is that WordPress.com did two things:
The new WordPress.com Pro plan will cost $15 per month (billed $180 per year) and includes many of the features previously reserved for the ~$25 per month Business plan, including the following:
At just $15 per month, it may appeal to those who value simplicity but may have gone with a budget WordPress host like Bluehost.
That being said, while paying customers will probably be happy with WordPress.com’s price change, a bunch of users were not happy – free plan users,
Free plan users initially faced a tighter storage limit, which dropped from 3GB to just 500MB. Additionally, there is no cheaper alternative to paying just to connect a custom domain name. Previously, it used to cost around $8 per month, but now you’ll need to go all the way up to the $15 WordPress.com Pro plan.
There also seem to be monthly traffic limits on both plans – 10,000 on the Free plan and 100,000 on the Pro plan.
As a result of negative feedback on platforms like Hacker News, WordPress.com made some changes to the changes and released new plans.
The new plans remove the traffic limits and increase the storage on the free plan to 1 GB, although it is still under the original 3 GB.
Existing free plan users are considered grandfathered in the old storage limit, however.
Additionally, WordPress.com has plans to offer some add-ons, such as an inexpensive way to use a custom domain name.
WordPress.com will also soon adjust prices based on geographic regions, which it did earlier. For example, users in India had access to cheaper prices when they paid in Rs.
Overall, with a new cheaper price point for the full-featured Pro plan, WordPress.com will continue to put pressure on the self-hosted WordPress space, so it will be interesting to see the long-term effects of these changes.
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