New possible pricing plan?
Ever since we've announced the release of the version 1.0, provided all the information on the pricing, and included the auto-updater into the last release of The Welkin Suite IDE beta version, we have received a number of messages from our users, commenting on the way these licenses may or may not work for them.
Many of our users' jobs are directly related to Salesforce development, meaning that they use The Welkin Suite IDE virtually on a daily basis - which makes our pricing conditions not only reasonable for them, but actually made up for by the hours they spend using our tool.
However, there is another category of users - those who either do not have Salesforce development as their main job, or who are just acquainting themselves with it, and thus do not spend too much time using The Welkin Suite. We understand that for these developers, the pricing terms we are offering may not be as reasonable - and even quite expensive for some. After all, we remember all too well what it feels like to enter the new field of development and try to gain a foothold in it. Likewise, paying the full price for a tool you may use only a few times a month may not sound like the best idea.
That is why we are now considering adding an extra pricing plan for those who would like to keep using The Welkin Suite IDE, yet who doubt that our tool would work off its price in accordance with their development preferences - an hourly pricing.
This plan would include a minimum fee for an hour of usage of The Welkin Suite IDE. This pricing plan implies monthly billing, based on your overall number of hours spent within our tool. The time tracking would start the moment you open The Welkin Suite IDE, and would stop once the program is closed.
What do you think about such a pricing plan? We would be glad to hear all of your thoughts!
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Interesting idea - not one I've heard of before in a downloadable app.
Its success would depend on the hourly rate you charge. If it's too high, and the cost too quickly rises to be more than the monthly cost, then it wouldn't work.
However, you would want it to be more expensive than $0.02 ($15/(30*24)) otherwise everyone would be using it!
I think a pricing model that has, for example, 10-15 hours per month as the break even point ($1/hour is simple enough) but once you reached $15, that's it - you can use it as many hours as you like that month.
Someone ought to suggest this to Adobe and their CC Suite!
Thank you for your comment!
Such kind of a pricing plan is really an interesting idea, and even we have not yet implemented it - we still haven't completely removed it from the list of ideas to consider :)
While discussing it previously we've had various different approaches to the '15$ cap' you've mentioned as well as to the price per hour - we're still not sure what exactly approach here would be the best for everyone.
This is why for now we just keep this idea in mind while focusing on adding real value and handy features for our users!