Scent of a Gamer

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WordPress changes: 14 days later

At the start of this month, WordPress chose to remove most of its plans without notice, and replace all paid plans with a single plan that was more expensive than most of those previous. At the same time, they unilaterally reduced the features of the free plan – again without any notice or discussion.

People were understandably confused and upset. While WordPress has since walked back some of the changes, the incident does not inspire confidence in the platform as a future home for blogging.

So what of the future?

For many, it will be time to diverge away from WordPress.

People who were previously on the cheaper paid plans are perhaps in the worst spot of all. They can either upgrade to a new, more expensive plan with features they neither want nor need, or else return to a free plan lacking many of its previous features.

Regardless of position, many bloggers have been shaken by these changes. Previously – and by previously I mean literally two weeks ago! – WordPress was a stable platform which offered good access to start blogging, and a ladder of paid plans for people who wanted blogging plus more – such as the removal of ads, the ability to sell things, more storage for images, and so on.

This status quo is a thing of the past now. The internet landscape has changed a lot over the past few years, and anyone who has been content with WordPress in the past (that’s two weeks ago, history fans!) has plenty to look around at now. It’s a big landscape out there.

art by Jonas de Ro

At this time, I am still considering my options. This is the tenth year of Scent of a Gamer, and the question of whether to continue on this platform is now open.

6 comments on “WordPress changes: 14 days later

  1. Guru PIG
    April 14, 2022

    Guru says, “Life is a journey with many forks in the road. New and exiting paths will always await us. We need to continually assess our options and move boldly forward wherever our decisions take us”!

    Liked by 4 people

  2. The Solo Meeple
    April 20, 2022

    I’m on what was one of their cheaper paid plans and was informed by WordPress that I’ll remain on that legacy plan indefinitely. Certainly, there has been no change so far…

    “How This Affects Your Current Plan
    While we’re making a few changes to the Free plan, rest assured that if you’re already signed up, nothing will change for you. Ditto, if you’re on one of our legacy plans, nothing will change unless you want it to.”

    Liked by 2 people

    • davekay
      April 20, 2022

      This looks like being the case; you can’t change from a legacy plan to another legacy plan because those are gone, and if your plan lapses you won’t be able to get it back. if you keep things as they are there will be no change.

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  3. Bookstooge
    April 22, 2022

    Well, with finding out that I can link by url to my blogger account, space is no longer an issue. However, the removal of ads IS, which is the reason I chose the personal plan. I’ll be taking the rest of the year to figure out if I want to go elsewhere….

    Liked by 1 person

    • davekay
      April 22, 2022

      Linking to a blogger account for 15GB storage is great, but as you say it’s now a big leap from ads to no ads.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Bookstooge
        April 22, 2022

        Yeah, the full post ads were what made me go with the personal plan. I don’t know what I’m going to do next year…

        Liked by 1 person

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