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WordPress: back to the old plans (almost)

I saw via Aywren that WordPress have changed their plans again, this time going back to almost where they were on 31 March this year.

Good news for smaller bloggers, and I think a sign that their replacement $20 monthly plan really was a case of ‘one size fits nobody’. They haven’t just reinstated the cheaper personal plans, but also the more expensive plans aimed at business users.

The only change that has stuck around is limiting the storage limit for a free blog to 1GB, from the previous 3GB. That’s it.

I happened to notice the WordPress changes as they were happening and wrote about it, in a post that generate more comments that any other I have written this year. WordPress chose to remove their existing plans, reduce the Free plan, and replace everything else with a $20 ‘fits all uses’ plan. They didn’t bother to announce the change before it happened they just rolled it out. On April Fool’s Day. You couldn’t make up a more ludicrous tale.

WordPress then spent their time trying to gaslight their audience about what their plans had ever offered (we had screenshots, guys!) before walking back some changes after a week.

The sum total of their achievements over the past four months has been to burn up a lot of goodwill, convince many bloggers to change platforms, and launch a plan into a market that didn’t want it. That they don’t even offer their new replacement plan anymore should be a strong signal it failed in the market.

WordPress used to be an easy recommendation for me, for either free or smaller paid bloggers. Now it has to come with a caveat that they may remove or change your plan with no notice. WordPress have a lot of work to do if they want to rebuild trust.

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16 comments on “WordPress: back to the old plans (almost)

  1. Aywren Sojourner
    July 25, 2022

    Yep. I agree with this. They’ve lost my trust and it’s really hard for me to recommend them to other bloggers, even if they’re easy to get started with. I did notice, like you, they still left the smaller storage on new free blogs in tact.

    So all any of this ended up doing was making the free accounts worse off, sticking some people who did purchase those in-between plans with plans they no longer support, and hurting good-will between them and their paying customers. While I’m moving away from the platform, I’m keeping my eye on what they’re doing!

    At least they did respond to feedback. But I have a feel the feedback had to have been such that they couldn’t ignore it.

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    • davekay
      July 25, 2022

      Agreed, my guess is that few if any of their old sales of the cheaper plans became new sales of the $20 plan that replaced them.

      Liked by 2 people

  2. Tarmor
    July 25, 2022

    I noticed a week or two ago that a lower cost plan was now offered (something like $10, +domain, but still had adds), but your now showing that things have changed yet again! Three months have past and still no actual announcement or email from WP. I can’t trust them anymore… won’t be surprised if we go through this all over again next year.

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    • davekay
      July 25, 2022

      Yes, even with the old plans mostly restored for now, their behaviour means we can’t trust them not to make make changes without notice again.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. John@justneedsvarnish
    July 25, 2022

    I just spotted this as well, Dave! Almost back to where we were, but with one eye looking over our shoulders from time to time!

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Guru PIG
    July 25, 2022

    I have a paid plan that will need to b e renewed soon and am seriously looking at my options.

    Liked by 2 people

    • davekay
      July 26, 2022

      I think WordPress’ actions earlier this year encouraged a lot of people to look around at other options who might not have done so otherwise

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  5. andyskingsofwar
    July 26, 2022

    I was wondering about what I was going to do when I approached the limit of my storage space. I do post quite a few pictures but my small readership means it really isn’t worth me shelling out for the paid subscription.

    Liked by 1 person

    • davekay
      July 26, 2022

      I have been back through some of my larger images and reduced them in size, but it’s not a fast process.

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  6. Kuribo
    July 27, 2022

    Thank you for sharing this with us, Dave. I hadn’t noticed any changes and they are most certainly unwelcome. I have tons of free storage currently with the 3 GB “plan” but if they cut that down as it sounds like they’re doing, I’ll probably have to move on from WordPress eventually which is a shame. I guess many of us in our little blogging community will have to relocate and find each other in new spaces which is unfortunate.

    Liked by 1 person

    • davekay
      July 27, 2022

      So far they have followed through on the promise that existing accounts will stay at 3Gb but new ones are all 1Gb

      Liked by 1 person

      • Kuribo
        July 28, 2022

        If they follow through on that (which is a big if!) then I can stay here for years which would be great. Having said that, I’d still consider migrating content elsewhere at some point as they’ve obviously damaged the trust they once had.

        Liked by 1 person

      • davekay
        July 28, 2022

        Yes, I am just below 50% usage after 10 years, but I could be gone in a month if they change their minds again.

        Liked by 1 person

  7. Bookstooge
    September 1, 2022

    A bit late, again.

    This move really destroyed the last shred of hope I had of WordPress treating its users as more than game pieces. If I hadn’t built up a good group of online friends via wordpress since ’16 I’d be out of here in a second and back to blogger where things just work, the way I want them too.

    I do know that I am NOT going self-hosted. the bad stories of people I know online far outweigh the 2-3 good ones I know about.

    Liked by 1 person

    • davekay
      September 1, 2022

      All that fuss and bother for a plan so unpopular they had to cancel it and revert in less than 6 months.

      Liked by 1 person

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