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June 4, 2020

GitHub: More accessible plans, more free features

GitHub has changed its paid plans and transformed some paid features into free features.
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Today we will talk about some measures GitHub has taken in order to attract more developers to its platform. The pricing of the plans has been reduced and more features are now free for everybody.

Before this change, companies that wanted to use GitHub for private development had to subscribe to a paid plan, well, not anymore. Its new mission stands like this, “we want everyone to be able to ship great software on the platform developers love.”

The paid plans now stand for developers that need advanced features, among them, being a code owner or personalized support. As they realized not everybody needed these features, and most of the users needed to use more basic features, they decided to open the most used features to the public for free. A smart move by the company, as they will surely increase their number of users.

GitHub has a goal in mind and has made it public. The goal is to increase from their current 40 million users to 100 million users by 2025. They have also stated they want to maintain their leadership in the open-source community.

Their move is composed of two major changes. First, they offer some previously paid features as part of the free plan. And the second is that they reduce the cost of paid plans for more than 50%.

The CEO adds that a lot has changed after Microsoft purchased GitHub in 2018. Both inside and outside of the company. From their policies to their go-to-market strategy. The acquisition rounded up to a figure of $7.5 Billion. 

GitHub is not only being used for developers, but also by companies. 29 Global Fortune 500 companies are using the platform. They use GitHub Enterprise.

The price reduction, for more than 50%, went down from $9 per month to $4 per month. There is also a more expensive plan which costs $21 per month and allows the user to access more storage and some reserved features. The new plan also expands the available storage.

As there will be more developers in the platform, there will be more collaboration, leading to more projects receiving contributions and an increase in the open-source community.

Netdata is one of the most-watched and starred projects in the entire platform. It is downloaded more than 500,000 times a day. They point out they are very happy about GitHub' s decision, and they are not the only ones. Many small startups and big companies are happy about this change, as it will allow more growth in their communities.

Some oppose the GitHub' s decision. And they do it in the name of the essence of the open-source community. They claim that open source means freedom, and not to commercialize the projects under a single license.

GitHub now matches other competitors such as GitLab and BitBucket. This major move will make thousands if not millions of developers to post on GitHub rather than on GitLab, and millions of users to migrate to GitHub. We have seen this happen in several companies that matched other offers. In a competitive world, the status of the company is very important, and the more established one will almost always be the one that scales through time. GitHub has seen the rising opportunity of GitLab and decided to take action. They hope they took action on time.

The change within the platform allows unlimited collaboration as a free service. This serves startups and companies in a freeway. Before they had to pay to have more than three collaborators.

GitHub works very effectively at the time of developing remotely. Remote collaboration is a worldwide standard and we see it happen in GitHub every day. It helps teams focus on other parts of the development as the code is already managed.

In conclusion, GitHub has taken measures to be up to date with its competition. As they have seen the rising of GitLab, GitHub has decided to do major changes to what they offered. They made the majority of their paid version free, and the paid version has reduced its cost by more than 50%. The plan used to cost $9 per month and now costs $4 per month. You can call this a marketing strategy, but there´s one thing that will happen for sure. There will be an increase of users by thousands if not by millions. Other companies will have it very hard to compete, as once a platform has such a big community like GitHub, you compete against the main standard. The only reason why people use GitLab is because of what GitHub didn't offer. But not anymore. GitHub plans to increase its user base from its actual 40 million to 100 million by 2025.

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Lucas Bonder
Technical Writer
Lucas is an Entrepreneur, Web Developer, and Article Writer about Technology.

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GitHub: More accessible plans, more free features
GitHub has changed its paid plans and transformed some paid features into free features.

Today we will talk about some measures GitHub has taken in order to attract more developers to its platform. The pricing of the plans has been reduced and more features are now free for everybody.

Before this change, companies that wanted to use GitHub for private development had to subscribe to a paid plan, well, not anymore. Its new mission stands like this, “we want everyone to be able to ship great software on the platform developers love.”

The paid plans now stand for developers that need advanced features, among them, being a code owner or personalized support. As they realized not everybody needed these features, and most of the users needed to use more basic features, they decided to open the most used features to the public for free. A smart move by the company, as they will surely increase their number of users.

GitHub has a goal in mind and has made it public. The goal is to increase from their current 40 million users to 100 million users by 2025. They have also stated they want to maintain their leadership in the open-source community.

Their move is composed of two major changes. First, they offer some previously paid features as part of the free plan. And the second is that they reduce the cost of paid plans for more than 50%.

The CEO adds that a lot has changed after Microsoft purchased GitHub in 2018. Both inside and outside of the company. From their policies to their go-to-market strategy. The acquisition rounded up to a figure of $7.5 Billion. 

GitHub is not only being used for developers, but also by companies. 29 Global Fortune 500 companies are using the platform. They use GitHub Enterprise.

The price reduction, for more than 50%, went down from $9 per month to $4 per month. There is also a more expensive plan which costs $21 per month and allows the user to access more storage and some reserved features. The new plan also expands the available storage.

As there will be more developers in the platform, there will be more collaboration, leading to more projects receiving contributions and an increase in the open-source community.

Netdata is one of the most-watched and starred projects in the entire platform. It is downloaded more than 500,000 times a day. They point out they are very happy about GitHub' s decision, and they are not the only ones. Many small startups and big companies are happy about this change, as it will allow more growth in their communities.

Some oppose the GitHub' s decision. And they do it in the name of the essence of the open-source community. They claim that open source means freedom, and not to commercialize the projects under a single license.

GitHub now matches other competitors such as GitLab and BitBucket. This major move will make thousands if not millions of developers to post on GitHub rather than on GitLab, and millions of users to migrate to GitHub. We have seen this happen in several companies that matched other offers. In a competitive world, the status of the company is very important, and the more established one will almost always be the one that scales through time. GitHub has seen the rising opportunity of GitLab and decided to take action. They hope they took action on time.

The change within the platform allows unlimited collaboration as a free service. This serves startups and companies in a freeway. Before they had to pay to have more than three collaborators.

GitHub works very effectively at the time of developing remotely. Remote collaboration is a worldwide standard and we see it happen in GitHub every day. It helps teams focus on other parts of the development as the code is already managed.

In conclusion, GitHub has taken measures to be up to date with its competition. As they have seen the rising of GitLab, GitHub has decided to do major changes to what they offered. They made the majority of their paid version free, and the paid version has reduced its cost by more than 50%. The plan used to cost $9 per month and now costs $4 per month. You can call this a marketing strategy, but there´s one thing that will happen for sure. There will be an increase of users by thousands if not by millions. Other companies will have it very hard to compete, as once a platform has such a big community like GitHub, you compete against the main standard. The only reason why people use GitLab is because of what GitHub didn't offer. But not anymore. GitHub plans to increase its user base from its actual 40 million to 100 million by 2025.

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Lucas is an Entrepreneur, Web Developer, and Article Writer about Technology.