Yes, it really sucks. When I got the info, that's why I thought to come straight here. It's the only ning network I check out daily to be honest.
I can offer hosting and a forum and tech support for it if Tricia or anyone wants to rebuild that way if this network isn't a premium purchased one. What Ning have decided is going to kill a lot of networks that people couldn't normally have afforded to build.
Thanks Azh. At the moment, all the Ning creators are still awaiting word from Ning about when and how the phase out of free networks will occur. I'm part of a Ning creators group and I will keep my eyes on developments. I have every intention of keeping this network up and running. I'll let you know when I know more details. Thanks!
I also have a free network on Ning, my book club and this news has prompted me to create a website instead. At least that way i will be secure. I hate feeling uncertain about things and if Ning is planning to phase out all free networks well then i'll start packing my stuff (so to speak). Its sad to leave especially since i have just only began to enjoy using it.
I have just found out that the CEO of Ning will be giving creators more information on May 4th. We will probably have a few options. There are other platforms that are working hard to make the Ning groups easy to roll over (such as Grou.ps and Grouply). Or, we may have to set up a little donation station. A lot depends on the cost and what we (as a group) will be getting for our paying service.
thats crazy when does this take effect? or how much will it cost to keep using ning? I found a good ning alternative called http://www.blogfrog.com but its not exactly the same. It turns blogs into communities.