Ning on July 20th will change their pricing policy.
This will mean our costs will increase dramatically.
So far, I've been paying everything and I don't mind that! But I can see a time/date in the future where it will become increasingly expensive. Plus hard on my own time to maintain as the community gets larger.
So I'm asking for your own thoughts about the community and I will share in this discussion info. about how much it presently costs and the time commitment involved. Also, what pressures/demands will be put on us in the future.
All your thoughts and ideas are welcomed! Please let us know your feelings, either specifics about us or thoughts about costs and social networking/Web 2.0 in general.
But rest assured, it is my promise that we will always be around and always be free and current!
Here is a very brief breakdown of the costs of our network at present and with the new Ning.
19.99/month Premium fee. Unlimited storage. Store files/videos.
160/year for EFL Classroom server on bluehost. (to store public documents, run videos and applications etc..)
24/year - chat box
10/year - Quizlet Pro flashcard account
One time fees: Longtail video / Wimpey video players = $150
[ widget labs applications that went defunct with Ning changes - $600 ]
--- $140 in donations! Yes, previously 2 people did contribute the few times I had put up a "donate" button.
After July 20th
49.99/month. Premium fee. Plus extra bandwidth (still waiting on Ning to determine this but they will hit us with a charge. In total we have over 200 GB storage (the 49.99 fee only includes 20 GB free). Bandwidth should be within the free limits.
All other fees same as above.....