Ning have announced their new chargeable services – looks like a good time for Ning users to move to WordPress.
“Three versions of the Ning Platform – Ning Pro, Ning Plus, and Ning Mini – will launch in July of 2010, and will include all of the features that Ning Network Creators have come to rely on for over the past five years, along with exciting new upgrades and options.
As previously announced, Ning will phase out its free ad-supported product in favor of these three new price and feature offerings. This shift will put the emphasis squarely on the most active Network Creators, and enable them to build even more engaging custom social experiences for their members.
Ning Pro: As Ning’s flagship product, Ning Pro is the right choice for Creators who are serious about building a comprehensive social experience and need flexibility, integration and support. Ning Pro Networks offer unlimited membership, full control over branding, multimedia options including music uploads and branded players, and advanced customization. Price: $49.95 / month or $ 499.95/ year
Ning Mini: Ning Mini is the fastest and simplest way to start social networks for a classroom, small non-profit or family group, giving organizers the ability to create a social network in under 30 seconds. Networks using Ning Mini have access to Ning’s core features including, blogs, photos, forums and video embeds, and the added ability to run custom advertising. Price: $2.95 / month or $19.95 / year.
Current Network Creators will have the opportunity to select the package that is right for them within 30 days of the July rollout. Those choosing to migrate from the Ning platform will be provided with the time and tools to export their members and content using standards-based data feeds.”