All-in-all I’m happy to get better performance for a lower price. At the end of the day it’s still worth it.
The trend, however, is not something I’m happy to see.
Originally CW is $5/mo (no extra on top of DO fees) at which point they must’ve been actually losing money unless they had some kind of a bulk deal for decreased server pricing from DO which was also charging $5/mo.
Then, understandably, prices went up to $7/mo for 512MB server.
Now Digital Ocean effectively reduces pricing on their offerings and although existing servers are grandfathered in by CW this time - thankfully - we have to update our pricing a bit to reflect the fact that the 512MB server (and its $7/mo cost) no longer exist.
DO eliminated the 512MB server, but they didn’t eliminate the $5/mo plan.
CloudWays eliminated the 512MB server (they had no option of course since DO no longer offering) but also eliminated the pricing tier they had established on top of the “$5/mo” plan.
That’s the root of my problem re: pricing and probably why most people feel a tad burned by this. Servers are cheaper than ever yet I’m somehow paying more than I was several months/years ago.
I’m aware we’re only talking $3/mo here, and that it’s actually a discount from the former pricing of the 1GB server. So not a deal breaker at the end of the day by any means. For me it’s just the trend is what’s disturbing or leaves uneasy feelings.
For example - if DO eliminates the 1GB plan in a year and only offers 2GB plans, are we now going to have to pay CW $15/mo (cheaper than the current price for a 2GB server but now would effectively be the “floor” as far as getting a DO server goes) for what DO is only charging $5 just because there are increased server resources available that somehow translate to more cost on CW’s end?
My concern is that this forces us to revisit pricing plans and update our business model as the pricing from CW continues to increase relative to the non-changing cost from DO.
We have lots of choices for hosting these days. The architecture that CW provide on top of hosting providers is worth it to me at the current prices, but if I’m forced to start upgrading to higher spec servers (and the associated increased CW markup) just because they’re no longer available from DO then it may become less and less likely for me to justify the expense.
P.S. CW staff - I understand there may be a great reason why your costs to admin a larger spec server go up regardless of what cost DO is giving you. But I feel like lack of transparency on that may be part of the backlash. If you have more details on how that affects things it may be a way easier pill to swallow
At any rate - thanks CW for being responsive to the vendor pricing changes and enduring the storm that this announcement thread has become!