This document aims to help you understand how the WPMU DEV hosting pricing and credit system works.

16.1 Hosting & Membership Plans

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While we have several types of membership here at WPMU DEV, not all of them include hosting credits. Here’s a quick breakdown of that first:

  • Full memberships – Of all our full memberships – Starter, Professional, Agency – only the Agency membership plan includes a $10 hosting credit each month that can be used for one site hosted by WPMU DEV.

Agency WPMU DEV membership plan

  • Bronze standalone Hosting package – A $10 credit per month will be available to use for hosting your first site, whether you pay monthly or annually.
  • Silver standalone Hosting package – A $25 credit per month will be available to use for hosting your first site, whether you pay monthly or annually.
  • Gold standalone Hosting package – A $50 credit per month will be available to use for hosting your first site, whether you pay monthly or annually.
  • Platinum standalone Hosting package – A $100 credit per month will be available to use for hosting your first site, whether you pay monthly or annually.

WPMU DEV standalone hosting plans

  • Single plugin membership (Smush Pro, Hummingbird Pro) – Does not include hosting credits. You can of course purchase a standalone hosting plan for a site as well if you need.
  • Performance Package membership – Does not include hosting credits. You can of course purchase a standalone hosting plan for a site as well if you need.

WPMU DEV single plugin and performance plans

16.2 Your Hosting Credits

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Whether you’re on a full Agency membership, or subscribe to a Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum hosting plan, your available hosting credits for the month can be viewed by clicking on the pencil icon next to “Plan” on the Hub > Hosting > Overview screen for any hosted site.

View hosting credit for a WPMU DEV hosted site

This example shows a site from a member on a full Agency membership who has a $10 hosting credit each month included, and the site in question was upgraded to a Gold hosting plan.

WPMU DEV hosting credit summary

You can see in the credit Summary that the base hosting credit of $10 included in the Agency membership appears at the top, followed by the monthly cost of the site on the Gold hosting plan ($50), and the $40 balance that was billed for that month. The remaining credit for that user for that month is now of course zero.

Full Agency Membership

If you are on a full Agency membership here at WPMU DEV, your $10 monthly hosting credit is applied automatically for you, and is available every month, whether you use it or not.

This means that you can use it to host 1 site on the Bronze hosting plan (at $10/month) at no extra cost to you.

As in the example above, if you have only one hosted site and upgrade it to a higher hosting plan, the included $10 hosting credit would be applied automatically to the site, and you would be billed on your credit card each month for the remaining cost for that site.

Bronze Standalone Hosting Plan

If you have purchased a Bronze hosting plan for your site, you will see a $10 credit each month in the Summary section of the plan window as illustrated above. That $10 credit would of course be applied automatically each month to the hosting cost for your Bronze-level site.

Note that you will see that $10 hosting credit appear there whether you pay for your hosting on a monthly or annual basis. In other words, even if you pay for your Bronze hosting plan annually (at $90/year), you’ll still see that $10 credit appear there each month. So yes, you do get 3 months free by paying annually; you’re welcome!

Silver Standalone Hosting Plan

If you have purchased a Silver hosting plan for your site, you will see a $25 credit each month in the Summary section of the plan window as illustrated above. That $25 credit would of course be applied automatically each month to the hosting cost for your Silver-level site.

Note that you will see that $25 hosting credit appear there whether you pay for your hosting on a monthly or annual basis. In other words, even if you pay for your Silver hosting plan annually (at $225/year), you’ll still see that $25 credit appear there each month. So yes, you do get 3 months free by paying annually; you’re welcome!

Gold Standalone Hosting Plan

If you have purchased a Gold hosting plan for your site, you will see a $50 credit each month in the Summary section of the plan window as illustrated above. That $50 credit would of course be applied automatically each month to the hosting cost for your Gold-level site.

Note that you will see that $50 hosting credit appear there whether you pay for your hosting on a monthly or annual basis. In other words, even if you pay for your Gold hosting plan annually (at $450/year), you’ll still see that $50 credit appear there each month. So yes, you do get 3 months free by paying annually; you’re welcome!

Platinum Standalone Hosting Plan

If you have purchased a Platinum hosting plan for your site, you will see a $100 credit each month in the Summary section of the plan window as illustrated above. That $100 credit would of course be applied automatically each month to the hosting cost for your Platinum-level site.

Note that you will see that $100 hosting credit appear there whether you pay for your hosting on a monthly or annual basis. In other words, even if you pay for your Platinum hosting plan annually (at $900/year), you’ll still see that $100 credit appear there each month. So yes, you do get 3 months free by paying annually; you’re welcome!

16.3 Adding Additional Sites

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Whether you’re on a full Starter, Professional or Agency membership, or subscribe to a Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum hosting plan, you can add additional hosted sites to your plan at any time.

Additional Sites on a Starter, Professional or Agency Membership

If you add hosted sites on your full membership, any hosting costs over and above the $10 monthly credit (included in the Agency membership only) would be billed to your credit card each month.

So if you have, for example, one site upgraded to Gold (at $50/month), and have 1 other site on the Silver hosting plan (at $25/month), that equals a total monthly hosting cost of $75 ($50 + $25). Subtract the included $10 hosting credit if you’re on the Agency membership, and the remainder of $65 would be billed to your credit card each month.

In the example below, we see a second site added at the Silver level that incurs an additional $25 charge each month with no available hosting credit as that was already used up by the 1st site.

WPMU DEV hosting credit summary for added site

Additional Sites Added to Any Standalone Hosting Plan

Any additional hosted site you add to your account, regardless of the Standalone hosting plan you’re on (Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum), would be created at the basic Bronze hosting level, and would incur an additional $10 charge each month.

If you then upgrade the new site to a higher hosting plan, the monthly cost would increase according to the plan you upgrade it to. You would see those additional charges reflected in the Summary section of the Plan window as illustrated previously.

For example, if you have subscribed to a Silver Standalone Hosting plan for your first site, and decide to add another site, it would be created at the Bronze hosting level by default, and would incur an additional $10 charge each month to your credit card.

If you later upgrade that added site to a higher hosting plan, the monthly charge would be adjusted and pro-rated for the current month. Then each subsequent month would be billed at the full cost for the new hosting plan for that added site.

IMPORTANT

Any sites you add to your Standalone Hosting plan will be billed monthly, even if your original hosting plan is paid annually.