Introducing Ning Pro, Ning Plus and Ning Mini

I’m excited to introduce three new versions of the Ning Service that we will roll out in July. When we announced two weeks ago that we were going to refocus on paying Ning Networks and phase out our free service, we knew there would be many questions about what the new Ning would look like. Our goal with these offerings — as explained below — is to enhance the experience Network Creators have on Ning, and by extension, the experiences your members have as well.

What will we be rolling out in July? We’ll start with many of the things Network Creators have been asking for and extend the service from there. The end of Ning promotional links, leading to a more customized, branded experience for you and your members. An ad free experience and the option to run your own ads — if you like. Easy content export and back-up. The end of Ning ID and ability to add Facebook and Twitter sign-in. API access for a more integrated experience. The ability to charge for membership and accept donations. We’ve listened to your more frequent and pressing requests and combined them with our current premium services into three new product offerings — Ning Pro, Ning Plus and Ning Mini.

Ning MiniThe simplest and fastest way to set up a social network for your classroom, community group, small nonprofit or family Ning PlusThe tools and features you need to build and grow a branded social network with high engagement – an incredible value at a great price Ning ProThe ideal solution for building a comprehensive social experience, including additional features, integration, support and bandwidth
$2.95/month

or $19.95/year* (save 44%)

$19.95/month

or $199.95/year* (save 16%)

$49.95/month

or $499.95/year* (save 17%)

Up to 150 members Unlimited members Unlimited members
Full control over your branding and member experience Full control over your branding and member experience
Features include blogs, photos, forum and video embeds Full feature set including events, groups, chat, pages and Ning Apps Full feature set plus video and music uploads and branded players
Simple customization options Advanced customization options including CSS, Javascript and the Language Editor Advanced customization options, plus the API access upgrade when launched
Includes run your own ads Includes run your own ads, use your own domain and remove Ning links Includes run your own ads, use your own domain, remove Ning links and add storage and bandwidth
Community-based support Help Center support Premium support

* One-time annual pricing

For full comparison of the three plans, click here.

Our pricing plans offer incredible value relative to our current Premium Services. For example, your Ning Network currently has the option to Use Your Own Domain, Remove Create Links, and Run Your Own Ads. You can take advantage of all of these services for about $55/month right now. With Ning Plus, you’ll be able to have them all for $19.95/month. We will also offer current Network Creators a one-time annual pricing discount that provides even greater value.

We also recognize that many small non-profit, family or other small group Ning Networks have limited budgets, and we value what you’ve created on Ning. For $2.95/month or $19.95/year, Ning Mini provides a powerful set of features to continue to grow and engage with your members — ad-free or with your own ads.

We’ve also heard from many Network Creators who use Ning in the classroom as an integral part of their curriculum. I am particularly excited to announce that a major education company will be sponsoring Ning Mini Networks for educators in primary and secondary education. Ning will remain free for K-12 educators and their students. We’ll have details on this program soon!

We will roll out Ning Pro, Ning Plus and Ning mini in July. Current Network Creators will have 30 days following the roll-out to decide which plan best fits their needs.  For Ning Creators using our free service who choose to move to another service, we will offer a simple way to export all of your content.

We know there’s a lot of questions, including how to choose a plan, when you can sign up and what happens if you don’t choose an option. That’s why we’ve created a place with all the details about this new offering, including details, a timeline and FAQs (also available in Spanish, here). I look forward to your feedback, both in the comments below and on Creators.

About the Author:

Jason Rosenthal – who has written posts on Ning's Official Blog on Social Networking Sites.


  • Brian Fodrey

    Thanks Eric. Another question, how long does it take to be approved for a free Ning Mini site? I submitted my request a few days ago and never received confirmation or a follow-up from anyone!?! Any information would be appreciated.

  • http://lanettvalleywestpointconnection.ning.com Bridgette Wilson

    Hello,

    I am just reading my message from Ning regarding a fee for the site and have up until Midnight to make a decision. I do not use the site for networking but I sometimes share the link when I would like to share pictures. So there are lots of pictures from events that I have been a part of in the past. I know I can have the same capability on Face Book for what I use it for. But once again, there are many pictures that I have uploaded to your site. I still have the pictures on CDs so it will nto be a total loss if I decide not to use the site. I would have like to use the site more but I just haven’t had the time to really use it to its full potential. If I decide to keep it, what plan should I choose if I’m only using it to share pictures. Please review the site and I would love to hear from you soon. Thank you kindly.

  • http://ericsuesz.com Eric Suesz

    Pearson takes care of approving these networks. If you filled out the online form, you will receive a confirmation email. If you sent us an email and did not fill out the form, we wouldn’t have routed that to the right place. So, just make sure you have completed the form.

  • Brian Fodrey

    Thanks again Eric. Got another question for you, in deciding on a plan I was wondering how much space my current (free) network is taking up? Is there anyway I could find that information out?

  • http://ericsuesz.com Eric Suesz

    Hi, Brian. Good question. We are working on a tool that will show that. Hre’s some good info about that.

  • http://lifeofriley.ning.com/ Craig Riley

    I would like to cancel my mini ning account but i can not see a place to do it and there is no information about cancellations.

    Please can you advise me where to do this.

    Craig

  • http://ericsuesz.com Eric Suesz

    Hey, Craig. If you’re still having trouble, you can contact us here. You should be able to submit a ticket at that link.

  • Brian Fodrey

    Hi Eric,

    You mentioned being able to purchase a Ning plan a year in advance…so is it possible for us to re-new our Ning plan several months before it expires – when we have the money in our budget?

    Thanks,
    Brian

  • http://ericsuesz.com Eric Suesz

    Hello, Brian! It’s not currently possible to pay past the current terms of your subscription. We may build that into our new billing system if enough people request it, but to be honest, we have only had a few requests of this nature.

  • nevi

    Hello,
    Is it possible to consider lowering the $20 a month ning level charges?? I think many (me included) are finding that a bit much. Its very difficult to charge any kind of membership.

  • Brian Fodrey

    Hi Eric,

    Any chance you could give me a somewhat brief explanation of what the “bandwidth” feature means as part of the three Ning plans? We are trying to decided which plan to move forward with and can’t decipher what bandwidth means, and how it impacts our Ning site.

    Thanks much,
    Brian

  • http://www.irelandclassifiedsflyer.com/ Alexa

    I like 3 products ning plus,pro.This is really a great idea.Keep going and we are expecting some more good products from you.