First of all, thank you so much for creating such an amazing tool. My girlfriend and I love coda.
As much as I love coda being free, here are 2 pricing structures that can keep coda accessible to everyone while still bringing in money:
- Donation Based
When people truly love something, as is happening with Coda and will continue to happen because it’s so cool, they will pay for it, not because they have to, but because they appreciate it and want to support it. An example of this model is the Free and Open source game engine, Godot
This is a model I haven’t seen anywhere yet. It’s a hybrid of subscription and ownership.
Subscription based services are accessible because you can pay as you use them. Most people can find 10 extra dollars a month. And if they can’t, they can just cancel the subscription.
At the same time, there are people who may use a tool like this for a lifetime. After 10 years of paying $10/month they would have payed $1,200.
Merging these two models would allow for accessibility while also allowing users to truly own the tool one day.
For example, if you priced the tool at $240 to own, users could subscribe for $10/month. If they keep that subscription for a total of 2 year, they could then use the tool indefinitely
Users could also decide to pay the up-front cost in full, or in whatever size chunks they like
As a student I would personally be able to afford either of these models. This is an amazing tool and I would love for everyone to be able to access it