Sudden WordPress pricing change sparks confusion and outrage

WordPress.com has introduced major price changes without warning, replacing all of its paid plans with a single ‘Pro’ plan.

The Automattic-owned website builder has also reduced the storage on its free plan significantly, from 3GB to 500MB.

In a WordPress forum thread, some users of the platform expressed their frustration with the new Pro plan, which costs $ 180 a year with no option to spread costs out monthly, a facility previously available with the old plans. 

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WordPress.com price plan change screenshot

WordPress.com now just offers two plans (Image credit: WordPress.com)

In response to complaints made on the WordPress forum, a spokesperson for the company said the goal with these pricing changes is to make the benefits of WordPress.com available to more people, describing the old plans as “overcomplicated” and “confusing”.

“This presently does not affect free sites prior to the new plan updates. We’ve slashed the price of our older Business plan from $ 25/mo to just $ 15/mo (paid annually),” they added.

However, despite the fact that WordPress says the changes to storage space would only affect new websites created on or after March 31, some WordPress users complained that their old sites have had the media storage space slashed to 500 MB.

The previous Business plan referenced by the spokesperson used to come with up to 200GB of storage, while the new Pro plan caps storage space at 50GB.

After a weekend of users complaining of the changes, WordPress set up a thread to collect feedback and provide clarity on new pricing changes. In the FAQ section, it acknowledged that the gap between a free plan and a $ 15 a month plan was large, and the company is therefore working on more “flexible à la carte options”.

TechRadar Pro reached out to WordPress.com for a comment on the changes and the rationale behind removing the option to pay monthly for services, but the company has not yet returned a response. 

 Via WPTavern 

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Sudden WordPress pricing change sparks confusion and outrage

WordPress.com has introduced major price changes without warning, replacing all of its paid plans with a single ‘Pro’ plan.

The Automattic-owned website builder has also reduced the storage on its free plan significantly, from 3GB to 500MB.

In a WordPress forum thread, some users of the platform expressed their frustration with the new Pro plan, which costs $ 180 a year with no option to spread costs out monthly, a facility previously available with the old plans. 

Website builder price change

WordPress.com price plan change screenshot

WordPress.com now just offers two plans (Image credit: WordPress.com)

In response to complaints made on the WordPress forum, a spokesperson for the company said the goal with these pricing changes is to make the benefits of WordPress.com available to more people, describing the old plans as “overcomplicated” and “confusing”.

“This presently does not affect free sites prior to the new plan updates. We’ve slashed the price of our older Business plan from $ 25/mo to just $ 15/mo (paid annually),” they added.

However, despite the fact that WordPress says the changes to storage space would only affect new websites created on or after March 31, some WordPress users complained that their old sites have had the media storage space slashed to 500 MB.

The previous Business plan referenced by the spokesperson used to come with up to 200GB of storage, while the new Pro plan caps storage space at 50GB.

After a weekend of users complaining of the changes, WordPress set up a thread to collect feedback and provide clarity on new pricing changes. In the FAQ section, it acknowledged that the gap between a free plan and a $ 15 a month plan was large, and the company is therefore working on more “flexible à la carte options”.

TechRadar Pro reached out to WordPress.com for a comment on the changes and the rationale behind removing the option to pay monthly for services, but the company has not yet returned a response. 

 Via WPTavern 

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This new Gmail update will help you avoid hybrid working confusion

Showing up alone to an in-person meeting could soon be a thing of the past thanks to a new Gmail update.

With workers across the world slowly returning to office life (if they haven't adopted hybrid working of course) physical meetings are unfortunately becoming more common once again.

But as many workforces balance home and office working, this can lead to confusion about who will actually be at a meeting in-person, and who will be there virtually – something Gmail and Google Calendar now hope to have fixed.

RSVP in Gmail

Going forward, Gmail users will now be able to specify whether they will be attending a meeting either virtually or in-person in their email RSVP.

The function had initially been added to Google Calendar back in July 2021, but is now available within Gmail RSVPs for extra functionality. Users will now see a drop-down arrow next to the “Yes” option in a meeting invite where they can select “Yes”, “Yes, in a meeting room” and “Yes, joining virtually” choices.

RSVP in Gmail

(Image credit: Google Workspace)

“With these RSVP options, you can indicate how you plan to join a meeting—in the meeting room, or virtually,” a Google Workspace blog announcing the feature noted. “Then, both the organizer and guests will be able to see how attendees are planning to attend the meeting in the event detail. This will help meeting attendees know what to expect when joining a meeting, and prepare accordingly.”

The blog did highlight that the new RSVP options are not shared with contacts on other platforms, such as Microsoft Outlook.

Google says the feature has begun rolling out now, and will be available to all Google Workspace customers, as well as G Suite Basic and Business customers, within the next few weeks.

The news comes shortly after the launch of a new “Focus time” feature in Google Calendar that will allow users to block out periods of time where they can avoid meetings and get their heads down for actual work.

Setting such a marker in your Google Calendar will also allow users to automatically decline meetings, meaning no last-minute rush to finish off work.

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