Is NodeBB still free?



  • Hi,

    I think around last year I saw that NodeBB is free to use, so is it still free to use now because I don't see it anywhere anymore, only plans and pricing. :)


  • Global Moderator

    www.GitHub.com/NodeBB/NodeBB

    The paid for tiers on nodebbs website are for people that don't want to install, configure and maintain themselves.


  • Anime Lovers

    Yeah, its still free. I wish they'd use the NodeBB.org domain for more of the open source community side of things, and use nodebb.com for the commercial side like wordpress does. But alas, they need to make a living somehow...

    They charge for hosting services. But NodeBB is open source just like it used to be.


  • Admin

    @HolyPhoenix That's not a bad idea... we just don't have plans to split the sites yet. We do get many queries about the open source project, so it does seem natural that we'll go this route sooner or later.



  • @a_5mith said:

    www.GitHub.com/NodeBB/NodeBB

    The paid for tiers on nodebbs website are for people that don't want to install, configure and maintain themselves.

    @HolyPhoenix said:

    Yeah, its still free. I wish they'd use the NodeBB.org domain for more of the open source community side of things, and use nodebb.com for the commercial side like wordpress does. But alas, they need to make a living somehow...

    They charge for hosting services. But NodeBB is open source just like it used to be.

    Great! Thanks! :D



  • @julian said:

    That's not a bad idea... we just don't have plans to split the sites yet.

    I understand that you don't want to split up anything, but how about mentioning the OpenSource version at all? :)
    Right now, when I go to nodebb.org, the only chance to see that there is a free version that I can roll out myself is to know what the github logo looks like and then scroll down all the way to the bottom to spot it there (very small, barely visible).
    Additionally, if I have AdBlock Plus turned on, these social buttons do not appear at all.

    I perfectly understand that you want to earn money and therefore want to focus the page around your hosting service but I think that you could significantly cut the amount of requests from people who heard about a cool OpenSource forum and who now struggle to find a link to download it.


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