@josh I had intended to scale my business on bubble, but looking at even the latest WUs for my app, which is still being developed by ONLY me - by the time I have even 5 users, I will be looking at hundreds per month in bubble costs - before having a single paying customer! This is not viable, not reasonable, and impossible for any entrepreneur to absorb without investors.
Having invested countless hours, over many MANY months, and only thanks to @keith’s incredible plugins and “lessons” (via forum posts and videos) that have helped me workaround the countless limitations in bubble’s client-side capabilities, I’ve been able to optimise the app as much as possible. I review the latest workload graphs, and not a single query can I optimise any further without dropping key features or dramatically punishing performance due to the data layer abstraction. Yet still, the app is unviable on this platform with the current price structure as it is.
I built my app on bubble with the help of an agency (initially), who swore by it - and speaking with them recently, even they have moved away from bubble for their new clients. As a full-stack platform, the enticement of bubble was fantastic and achieved my goal of launching without the need of native code and devs - my app has been heavily built by ME, a guy with far too many things on my plate who hates writing code, without a team of devs. It is incredibly frustrating and sad to see the way this structure of pricing essentially destroying my hope to initially scale on bubble to a few hundred customers. If I did this now, the pricing will sink the business before it even begins.
Thanks to this pricing decision, my entire launch plan is now on ice - as I begin the arduous process of researching the market, and having to rebuild the entire app in either one or more competitor platforms. Couple that with the snail-pace client capability innovation, the low-quality native plugins, the lack of regional servers, lack of basic CSS and scripting capabilities, minimal native capabilities, etc. - the list goes on - it’s just not worth sticking around at this price. If there’s a massive price hike, at least show some genuine innovation to justify it! Not to mention the total absence of external code repository support or branches in lower tier plans. It’s just a slap in the face.
What Bubble really needs to understand - is the nature of their customers. It is true you cannot cater for everyone with a one-size-fits-all approach, but no-code is ultimately there for entrepreneurs out there, who have an idea but don’t have the finances or the know-how to do native code. Bubble was providing a genuine service that was game-changing for anybody with an idea - it was the MS Word for writing web apps. But this pricing structure screams “we’re all about shareholders and maximising ROI”, without any due consideration that it is customers like me or anyone else in this thread (or previous “frozen” ones) who are the ones that even brought Bubble the fame it has today. Upset the customers and price them out of the market - you’re left with an echo chamber and the “expected” ROI from all the VCs pinning their hopes on 10% returns will be for nothing. Not trying to school anyone, this is just simple fact.
I for one have had enough of the games, the excuses, the “justification”. Bubble has every right to charge more, as it was (that word again!) a genuinely a good service. I might continue with a dramatically cutdown presence on bubble for my future app for some components (probably identity only, since it’s pretty simple - but performance is pretty poor in my region anyway, thanks to a lack of local servers) - but ultimately, I don’t care for the added complexity of multiple platforms, and other platforms offer better client-side capabilities and native apps that could dramatically change the game for my company anyway - at a mere fraction of the cost of continuing with Bubble. It’s all a matter of time.
I’m frustrated, bitterly disappointed, and now also having to rewrite my business plan with the assumption of a non-bubble backend provider. No doubt, I am not alone in this situation.