Ning Kills Off Free Groups

This just in!!  Ning’s Bubble Bursts: No More Free Networks, Cuts 40% Of Staff.

Basically, if you have a group set up on Ning, you’ll be asked to upgrade to some varying level of premium service, or move it elsewhere (although I tried setting up a new group and it let me do it so they haven’t shut that down yet).

Here’s a good post listing alternatives: 5 Places To Take Your Ning Network.

However, it will be no surprise to you that if you are considering moving your groups, we highly recommend as a really fantastic social network platform. They have the best usability of any collaboration platform we have played with, by a mile, and of course they house YAP so we’ve been tight with Groupsites’ CIO Shaun Callahan and CEO Clarence Wooten for ages – which means that every time we have requested usability improvements for our YAPstar users, they listened and made adjustments for us. They are awesome, involved members of the association community.

A few more association peeps on Groupsites:

ASCA Scene (American School Counselors)

NEA Priority Schools Campaign (just one of many NEA groupsites)

Association Network Exchange (led by our very own Peggy Hoffman)

NACE National (National Association of Catering Executives)

Regardless of whether you jump ship or start paying fees (or decide to take it in house and go white label), the big lesson here is that it’s crucial to be nimble. We’ve found that if your community is engaged, and active, and happy, and love you, they will follow if you need to move to a different platform. When YAP outgrew Facebook, and we moved it to Groupsites, everyone came along with us. It’s not about the technology, it’s about the people.

Change is the only constant. Heraclitus said this in the 5th Century BC, and it’s never been more true. Gotta roll with it!



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Jason April 17, 2010 at 10:20 pm

Are you familiar with the petition being circulated to Keep Ning Free for Nonprofit and Educational Use? If you’re interested in asking Ning to make an exception, please sign the petition at and pass along the link to friends and colleagues in the nonprofit and educational community.

swegl April 19, 2010 at 10:10 pm

Wow. — Ning Kills Off Free Groups

Jessica | Ning Alternatives April 29, 2010 at 7:22 am

Well, if every single free feature does force payment, someone posted a really nice free site just like Ning, only with more features and everything is free!

Oliver May 7, 2010 at 5:43 am

Another free alternative is, offering functionalities very similar to Ning but with some additions.

Some of the advantages are:
- Strong Community Management features (e.g., newsletter system, access control)
- Powerful sub-groups
- Full collaboration features including wikis, image albums, file systems, event-management and CMS
- Advanced customization

mixxt’s philosophy is different from Ning’s: it is based on White Labeled solutions for large institutions and enterprises, as well as Freemium services.

mixxt networks are especially popular among education, work-related and event networks.

Users wanting to import their Ning network to mixxt find a useful tool in our Ning importer (

Give your own mixxt network a try for free here: (!

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