Ning Price Increase
It’s official…Cultivating your community will be a whole lot more expensive as of January 1, 2016 if you plan on using Ning as your platform. How much more expensive? Well, that all depends on the size of your network. Some Ning Network Creators may see increases surpassing 1600%. I promise you,  I’m not just throwing around arbitrary numbers here. I actually did the math.
After weeks of speculations regarding a new and outrageous pricing structure, Ning posted a “Notice of 2016 Storage Limit and Pricing Plan Changes” to their forum designated for “Announcements From Ning” (see below).
Ning’s choice of medium for posting this announcement caught me off guard. They posted the announcement in a forum setting. More than a year has past since Ning last posted to creators.ning.com. They’re definitely looking to engage Network Creators in some discussion. They may be  looking to gage customer reaction before moving forward with the proposed pricing structure. There may be some hope for Ning’s customers after all. Maybe, just maybe, a strong pushback against this proposed pricing plan may lead to amendments in pricing and limits.
Announcement From Ning

We appreciate your business and the opportunity to bring social media services at competitive rates.  However, like all companies, we face increases in costs each year.  We have a percentage of uniquely successful customers with large numbers of memberships that require the storage and delivery of large amounts of content.  As a result, it has become necessary to increase rates on those networks requiring larger storage space on our servers.

In order to continue providing the best service to our top tier customers and our network as a whole, we are compelled to adjust our subscription plans in 2016 to address the increasing costs associated with maintaining our Ning infrastructure. As a result, we are taking the following actions:

  • Instituting a 100,000 membership cap and a 500 GB data storage limit on the Ning 2.0 Pro plan
  • Instituting a 1 GB data storage limit on the Ning 3.0 Basic plan
  • Instituting a 10 GB data storage limit on the Ning 3.0 Performance plan
  • Instituting a 500 GB data storage limit on the Ning 3.0 Ultimate plan
  • Implementing a new tier of subscription plans to support our top tier networks

As of January 1, 2016 the new subscription plans will go into effect for both Ning 2.0 and Ning 3.0 networks and our subscription plan structure will be as follows:

Ning 2.0 Mini Plus Pro Business Plus Corporate*
Price  (Monthly) $2.95 $24.95 $59.95 $500 $1,000
Price (Annually) $19.95 $239.90 $599.90 $5,000 $10,000
Member Limit 150 10,000 100,000 100K – 1M 1M ­ 1.5M
Storage Limit 1 GB 10 GB 500 GB 501 GB – 1 TB 1 TB – 3 TB
 
Ning 3.0 Basic Performance Ultimate Business Plus Corporate*
Price  (Monthly) $30 $59 $119 $500 $1,000
Price (Annually) $300 $588 $1,188 $5,000 $10,000
Member Limit 1,000 10,000 100,000 100K – 1M 1M ­ 1.5M
Storage Limit 1 GB 10 GB 500 GB 501 GB – 1 TB 1 TB – 3 TB
 

*In the event these limits are exceeded, custom pricing shall be negotiated.

We’ve begun reaching out to the Network Creators of the largest networks and will continue to reach out to Network Creators currently exceeding either the storage or member limits in the coming months.  If you have not received an email from us regarding your network’s member count or storage, you do not have to select a new plan.

For those who have received an email, you will have the following options:

  1. Elect to continue your Ning subscription under one of the new plans. The new plan will go into effect on the date specified in the email you receive from Ning, and your monthly invoice will reflect the new rate.  Your plan will renew monthly until canceled (you can reference our cancellation policy here: http://www.ning.com/billingpolicy/).  Previous annual plans will be credited for the amount of any unused portion. Payment for the new plan will be collected from the default payment method associated with your account.
  2. Elect to remain on your current plan, removing members or content to remain within your plan’s stated limits.  Removing inactive members and their content will lower your network’s member count and storage space on our servers.
  3. Elect to cancel your Ning subscription. If you elect to cancel your subscription, you may do so at any time before the date specified in the email you receive from Ning.  (You can reference our cancellation policy here: http://www.ning.com/billingpolicy/). Annual plans will be issued a prorated refund for the unused portion of your subscription.

Prior to canceling your membership, you may contact Ning customer support to assist with archiving your network’s content.

Please notify us of your election to continue your subscription under the new plan or to cancel it by replying to the email address contained in the email by the specified date.  If we do not receive your election by the date specified in the email, we will deem your membership cancelled and will terminate your membership effective the specified cutoff date.

We regret having to take these actions, however, we have no choice in order to maintain the Ning service for our members. We appreciate and thank you for your understanding in this matter.

Best Regards

TDB
Ex Creators Dot Com