Please help me, because I’m trying to understand this.
The difference between the Strictly Business plan ($80/month) and the Code Monster plan (currently priced at $20/month) is:
- one unique IP address which you can buy for $4/month
- one SSL certificate which you can buy for $190/year, or $16/month
- 25% more disk space and bandwidth (but half of what you could get by simply adding another Crazy Domain Insane plan to your account)
- two VPN users – a complex feature which could be largely replicated with a proper SSH configuration, an SFTP client, or WebDAV on a secure server
The feature matrix also lists Miva Merchant, which would be worth it if you wish to use it, as I did, but if you actually upgrade to the Strictly Business plan you find out that it’s no longer offered in favor of a free open source solution. (Guess how I discovered this…)
Luckily, I was able to downgrade immediately without hassle, so I didn’t lose any money or significant time over the Miva Merchant mistake. It did annoy me that I made a business decision based on out-of-date public information, but I’ll leave it to somebody else to flame them who was hurt by it more than me.
But it got me wondering. With the L4 plan currently costing $60 more than the L3 plan, and with the difference being $20 worth of features… What is it for? Even if Code Monster were at full price right now, what am I missing that makes Strictly Business even a rational business decision?