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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.