We are informing you that new free websites on Wall.fm can only be created by invitation, effective today. From now on, to set up a Wall.fm-powered website on the Free plan you will need to obtain a special invite code.
This move was long overdue, since Wall.fm growth really started taking its toll on server performance and customer support. We could have raised more capital to support it and let customers go through the growth pains with us. However, we made a different choice. We decided to focus on existing customers and make sure we serve them well, before we take new ones.
We hope it makes our priorities clear. In our view, this move is going to bring immediate benefits to everyone who chooses Wall.fm for creating their own community site or a social network.
How invites are issued
We wanted to have a fair method of issuing invites, because as with any limited resource, not everybody will get easy access to it. Thus we decided to give invites to paid subscribers. Every time when paying monthly plan invoices, they will receive a certain number of invites to use for their own new sites and to give away to anyone in need. The first batch of invites has already been issued.
How do I get an invite to create a free website?
Since we do not give away invites directly, you can ask paid subscribers for those. They get them in abundance, so you could post a request in the forums, or try to contact invite holders in private.
What happens to my existing free site?
Nothing. It continues to work as usual, on the same terms as before. Unlike other services, we are grandfathering all existing free sites on Wall.fm. It’s just that there’s now limited opportunity to create new ones for free.
Are there any changes for paid plan subscribers?
No changes, except for the better service. Since we will have less customers, you will receive faster support and use more server resources. This can only be good for all Wall.fm-powered community sites out there, both paid and remaining free ones.
To preserve the direct way to create a website on Wall.fm for evaluation purposes, we now offer free 30 day trials for all plans. Before trial expiration you may use an invite to convert your site to the Free plan. Otherwise, upon trial end you will be issued an invoice for your chosen plan.
Overall, we think Wall.fm is about to become an even better tool for running your community site or a social network. We can now better focus on the product, customer service, robustness, and speed. It’s exciting time to be with Wall.fm for your community project needs. Expect more news from us!
Thanks for creating with us!