WordPress Plan Roller Coaster Ends

I’m really not sure where to begin with this. Last week, I read two new emails from WordPress announcing its latest moves in the perplexing plan upheaval of 2022. After months of plan changes, flip-flopping from radical reduction to compromising capitulation, now the newly introduced plans have already been axed. Their short-lived reign was quickly usurped by none other than the former plans, fully reinstated. What’s old is new again.

While elated to see the old plans make a triumphant return, I also feel whiplashed. And though I was deeply troubled to lose the plans back in early April, I’m now somewhat concerned for those who adopted the new “Pro” plan only to see it so soon vanished.

Before, there were four paid plans to choose from beyond the free option. They were all replaced by a single paid plan. After much outcry against the titanic shift, WordPress promised to continue altering the deal for the better. So then a new middle plan was introduced in May called, “Starter.” Along with these new plans, there were to be introduced à la carte add-ons.

The old plans that are now restored.
The new plans that are now gone away so soon.

Honestly, that’s a lot of plan disruption to track. And now with the latest plot twist, the pendulum has swung almost completely back to where it began with the former plans! There are also new add-on options. It’s all a bit confusing at this point. My guess is that WordPress, after much tweaking, finally decided it might as well just reinstate what worked best before.

Whatever the causes or goals, I’m very happy to see the old plans return. I was accustomed to them, so their familiarity brings comfort to this blogger. I love the affordable tiers. And it’s great to see that my “Personal” plan is no longer labeled “legacy;” it’s returned to legit status.

This legacy label is now itself a legacy…or a legend? It’s no more! My plan is legit.

There are à la carte options to sweeten the deal. As of now, I see only three though, and one of them, Ad-removal, doesn’t apply to my “Personal” plan as the feature is already included. The other two options, Custom CSS and Premium Themes, are nice. But at $2 extra per month each, that would make my $4/mo plan become $8/mo. At that price point, I’d just upgrade to the “Premium” plan for the same cost. But I have the option to choose one add-on and pay $6/mo. Not too bad.

And while the add-ons are available for my Personal plan, the email marketing positions them as though only intended for “Free” sites, letting them gain a few key features at little cost, with the ability to easily move to a paid plan. Of course, a free site with paid add-ons might as well be a paid plan.

Add on options to your free site. Or your paid site.

So in the end, as WordPress has swung back to the former plans, I’m relieved, happy, and…cautious. With so much upheaval since April, I just feel a twinge of unsettlement, for lack of a better word. I feel it for myself, knowing now that at any moment, WordPress can radically disrupt what I rely on. And I feel it for those who bought into the new Pro plan but now have suddenly had it pulled back so soon. I wouldn’t blame them for feeling like it was a bait-n-switch.

I don’t envy WordPress as it may find itself in a difficult position, trying to please most users most of the time. I imagine however hard it tries, there will always be a subset of upset, a group of displeased customers. I was in that boat for a couple months and nearly jumped ship. So I guess I want to give WP the benefit of the doubt, trusting they’re trying to fulfill business obligations and meet customer demand.

There you have it, fellow bloggers and readers, the latest in this plan predicament. If you care to recall the whole saga, here are my previous posts on the subject:

  1. WordPress Plan Changes Concerning April 2, 2022
  2. New WordPress Plans Don’t Impress April 5, 2022
  3. Checking Out WordPress Alternatives April 20, 2022
  4. A Future With Blogger May 2, 2022
  5. WordPress Plans New Middle Plan May 2, 2022
  6. Pressing WordPress Woes May 19, 2022
  7. Blog Bumps Ahead May 20, 2022
  8. Unpacking My Bags At WordPress May 21, 2022
  9. WordPress Starter Plan A Good Start May 26, 2022

Thanks for following along.

So where do you now stand? Sticking with WordPress? Still planning to leave? Might you return? What good alternatives have you found?


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9 thoughts on “WordPress Plan Roller Coaster Ends

  1. Like you, I hope this is the end of the story, but I’m cautious and unsure. Sadly, all this did in the end was burn bridges with their customers. They’re going to have to prove they’re reliable and steady from here on out – though, as you know, they’ve lost me and I don’t plan on returning. For those who stayed, though, I hope the best!

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    1. Ghost and Blogger still look like my favorite alternatives so far. I’ll be keeping an eye on such options and backup. I think the biggest thing I’d miss if leaving WP is the established community of readers. So unless WP drastically changes again, I’m mostly settled. Hoping for a smooth ride.

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    1. Oh, wow, I didn’t know that. And TBH, I didn’t even know there was a Jetpack app. Sounds like I must use that in the future if I want to keep all the features I’m now accustomed to in the WordPress app. My paid plan has Jetpack Essentials…I’m going to try the Jetpack app. More change. I won’t know if it’s a net gain or loss for my case until Automattic finishes the rollover later this year. Thanks for pointing this out. Fun indeed. :/

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  2. Wow! So much WP drama in so little time. I’m glad they came back around. To be honest, I only knew what was going on by following your posts.

    I’m curious to see what they’ll do with Tumblr next… most likely sell or shut down?

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    1. Yes. More changes are afoot, too. The WordPress mobile apps are having features removed…and people may need to use the Jetpack app instead for certain features…

      I honestly don’t keep up with Tumblr, but that’s a good question.

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        1. Nice. You might inspire me likewise. I use the WP app to check stats, sometimes start a quick draft, browse the reader, reply to comments, and sometimes for light edits.

          But I often contemplate how to use my phone less…and deleting WP app would be a test…I could still access WP via the mobile browser I suppose but that might defeat the purpose.

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