I can't help but worry. I believe this update will cause considerable damage to my prospects in the future. And it's because of this little sentence in the update notes.
We’re phasing out hosting discounts on paid plans starting on July 1st, 2017 (more details below).
Firstly, I understand that all plans with be grandfathered. But let's take a look at this more carefully and with more long term focus.
As it is today(with paid plan discount)
Monthly Payments - $5 per month, $60 per year.
Annual Payments - $5 per month, $60 per year.
Monthly Payments - $10 per month, $120 per year.
Annual Payments - $10 per month, $120 per year.
From July 1st 2017.
Monthly Payments - $15 per month, $180 per year. Increased by $120
Annual Payments - $12 per month, $144 per year. Increased by $84
Monthly Payments - $20 per month, $240 per year. Increased by $120
Annual Payments - $16 per month, $192 per year. Increased by $72
So let's take a real scenario. Let's say between July and December we get 20 nice new clients. 5 of which are fine with the basic plan and the remaining 15 are on the CMS plan.
5 Basic / 15 CMS Clients - Monthly
Current Rates: $175
Proposed Rates: $475
$300 more per month for 20 new clients!!
5 Basic / 15 CMS Clients - Annual (Let's give this promoted annual discount a try then)
Current Rates: $2100
Proposed Rates: $3600
$1500 more per year for 20 new clients!!
I don't get it. Webflow has always targeted professionals right? Then why does this new pricing model fail to scale with the user? A designer will use the tools that are necessary, Webflow is not necessary but yet the paid plans are extremely affordable for what you get. But the hosting is quite the premium and with this proposed pricing update it completely takes the cake. I know it's not my place or business to propose an alternative but look at this plan instead as an EXAMPLE and not the purpose of this thread.
A plan like this is more in line with the users of webflow. It removes all confusion and just lays out a road for the user to progress and be able to afford to progress. Hosting upgrades can actually be applied to relevant clients and selling these upgrades is a hell of a lot easier when the upgrades are seperated.
Please drop your feedback regarding keeping the discount on paid plans. It really will matter.