Gemnasium has always been committed to providing value and ensuring our customers see return for their investment. This has led to some tinkering with our pricing model in the past, in order to ensure that our customers could get the features they wished, without paying more than necessary. Originally, our pricing model was based simply on private projects hosted on Github. In order to provide those with public projects access to premium features, we added an option to ‘buy’ features, labeled as ‘slots’. A ‘slot’ would be purchased, for example, if adding an additional private project to an existing package, if adding a report (such as Brakeman for Ruby), adding the auto-update feature, etc.
Unfortunately, this pricing model was not as customer-friendly as we had hoped and led to a number of questions and concerns in our support queue. There were enough such concerns to cause us to revisit this pricing model, and change it for the better. And usually, simpler is better, so that is the direction we decided to go.
A few weeks ago, we decided to remove the usage of ‘slots’ on Gemnasium and returned to the previous pricing model of charging only for private projects. All existing accounts were moved to the old pricing behavior transparently, ensuring that no loss of service occurred. The response thus far has been favorable. We’ve effectively lowered prices. Consider our Gold tier - previously it offered 50 ‘slots’. It now offers 50 private projects. As we mentioned above, the ‘slots’ system charged for premium features such as alerts and reports, meaning that a single private project could cost 3 slots or more. Because these features are now included, this not only potentially saves the client money, but it also makes billing clear to the customer.
Gemnasium’s pricing is now based on a tier system. It consists of 4 tiers (larger plans available on demand):
Each tier offers a free trial, allowing your team or organization to determine the value of the product to their organization, as well as what usage level they actually incur. All free trials offer the full stack, including unlimited collaborators. This means that if you select a free trial of Gold, and realize your organization rarely exceeds 15 private projects, then switching to silver is a simple decision.
Not only can you try before you buy, our full-featured product is now free for all public projects. Previously, public projects required ‘slots’ to be purchased for auto-update alerts or reports. This did not fit with our company vision. Gemnasium has always fully supported open-source development, and our pricing model had to align with that commitment. By ensuring that public projects are offered the full stack, including unlimited collaborators, for free, we ensure that the innovation and ingenuity of open-source development with Gemnasium is without any roadblocks.
On the other hand, any private projects will now require a paid subscription. Clients can register for free, and add as many public projects as they want, as described above. However, any new private projects will require them to select a pricing tier. Existing free tier clients taking advantage of the former free tier offering (which included 2 free slots), will still be able to continue working with their free private project. These users will have access to the full stack, including unlimited collaborators. However, these benefits are not transferrable to another private project, should they delete the current one. Upon adding a new private project, the existing free tier client will be required to select a pricing tier as well.
We hope our new pricing model proves itself beneficial to you, and we extend our hand in welcome to new clients and open-source developers. Let us know what you think of the change, we’d love to hear from you!