In late April Ning announced that free Ning Networks -- such as our Early Guitar and Vihuela network -- would be phased out and that Ning would instead concentrate their business on paying networks. This change will happen in July and will also affect the Lute and Cittern Ning networks, to which some of us also belong.
The Early Guitar and Vihuela network currently has over 350 members. At that membership level Ning will be offering two paid options -- one at $200 per year (Ning Plus) and one at $500 per year (Ning Pro). The way I read their language, that price would raise in subsequent years to perhaps $240/$600. More details on these two options can be viewed at:http://blog.ning.com/2010/05/introducing-ning-pro-ning-plus-and-nin...
The EGV administrators have been in contact with the Lute and Cittern groups and we have been considering a few options:
1) Keep the EGV network on Ning and subscribe at the Pro level for $50 per month. This level keeps the current functionality and allows video and music uploads.
Assuming that half of the membership were interested in a paid network, the fee (at this time) would be about $3.50 each. This could perhaps be paid through PayPal.
The Lute network creator, Danny Shoskes, has also suggested the idea of combining networks so we wouldn’t have to pay 3 different fees.
2) Keep the EGV network on Ning and subscribe at the lower Plus level for $20 per month. This lower level would continue access to current videos, but not allow further uploads.
3) Move to a different, free service.
Already mentioned within our discussions has been Spruz, Webs.com, and Grou.ps. I have started a test page on Grou.ps myself to look at their features. If anyone wishes to explore the grou.ps option you may go to:http://grou.ps/earlyguitar
The test site for the Lute network can be found at:http://grou.ps/lutegrouptest/home
Administrators from the 3 networks are still sorting through capabilities and shortcomings. Please note that these test pages may be only temporary.
I think there is an advantage to keeping all three groups on the same network. I also like the idea of a free service.
Please feel free to add your comments and thoughts in the “Network Changes” forum.