Hi weweb thank you for your recent release. I think it is a huge feature and was a really customer centric move, far beyond what others are currently doing.
However I have several concerns. I thought the self host feature would be more accessible especially for the base users, and not a premium one. I thought it would be as easy as integrating a backend or authentication, where we can choose how we want to host.
Ignore the UX, I want point out about the feature along with price. I have a huge concern with price. I totally understand with the power and value of weweb, I understand how one would charge a hefty price to their clients with development services and weweb’s pricing would be totally reasonable.
However, looking at a solo-developer perspective, that is trying to build small apps and projects, not knowing if there’s even revenue, weweb is extremely expensive. The pricing for me in Malaysia would be near my rent and 1/3 of our base salary here, for just one live project. I can’t afford that.
I think it is in weweb’s intention to allow people to build as many products as possible and be creative as possible, but I think the restriction would cost my creativity along with the pressure to ship as fast as possible as it is costly. I want to build as many as possible and ship as many as possible.
You might say don’t make the project live, or use the development environment that is coming, but that certainly isn’t the solution. As a builder I want to ship and by shipping we learn how to make our products better, then we adjust. Even then after learning for a long time, we still won’t know if we would generate any revenue, and it will already be costly.
Here’s my suggestion. I think weweb have 3 different markets:
- Solo developer/freelancer creating ‘mini’ apps/development
- Development agency offering development services
- Enterprises that uses weweb inhouse
I agree the pricing will be tricky, surely you want the most revenue from enterprises, but not sure what metrics to define them. I think you should allow dynamic pricing as an option, wether taking a percentage of incoming revenue, or of total no. of users/visitors.
This way, anyone that is trying to build an app aren’t pressurised by the pricing, and the enterprices/agency if they saw the value of static pricing, will definitely opt for the dynamic pricing. I hope @Raphael you and all weweb’s team would consider this. Sorry for the long rant. Thank you so much for this amazing product.