1. Can I change my plan?

Yes, but be prepared for a reduced service, if you downgrade.

2. Can I cancel a plan?

Yes, but we cannot refund unused credit. If you have setup a standing order contact your bank or cancel through your online account and ping us an email to tell us that you wish to cancel.

We’ll decouple your domain and reduce your file allocation. If your file allocation exceeds the free tier, we’ll contact you.

3. Can you invoice me?

Yes, contact the treasurer: treasurer@sustainingdunbar.org making sure you identify the website and domain.

The annual fee for Plan More with domain.org.uk is currently £79.20!

4. Where do I send my completed standing order?

To your bank. cc: treasurer@sustainingdunbar.org so we can keep records straight.

5. Can I maintain all my websites on a “free” tier indefinitely?

Yes, for now, provided your storage limit of 250Mb has not been exceeded. We will also decouple the domain if already mapped, and if we manage the domain registry, we won’t renew it on its anniversary, but see (7) below.

6. Can I downgrade my plan to  free plan?

Yes, provided your storage limit of 250Mb has not been exceeded, we will remove the security certificate on the domain and any domain mapping. You will need to do the same if you manage your own registry – forwarding with a security certificate is not advised.

7. If I don’t renew my domain what happens?

If you own a domain, it is wise to avoid letting it expire. Once it has expired you still have 3 months to reclaim a domain from the registry. After that it is sold on the open market.

A domain with a few years of history is a valuable commodity for fraudsters and spammers. To avoid confusing your users and reputational damage to your organisation, let us do the renewal, which means we can get the best rates for your (about 30% off retail prices from some well-known domain sharks).

8. Why do WordPress.com, Wix etc. offer so much better value for money?

With hundreds of millions of dollars of investment (sometimes from private equity) other platforms can pass on the benefits of “economies of scale”. Some of these outsource their support to weaker economies and use microworkers to deliver it.

We manage everything on a shoe string but do it locally and for the love of it – the platform is technically “community owned”.

We don’t sell, mine, monetise or otherwise exploit your data.

9. I think I will move – do I need to move the domain?

If you own a domain and we manage it, we can handle the renewals. Select the £36 annual plan and we’ll renew it at cost (less than £10 as we write). Give us your forwarding details and we’ll delegate the DNS to your new provider. If you want us to manage to DNS, select the £72/a plan. Or initiate a transfer and we’ll send it on its way.

10. I am finding the template restrictive

Templates are restrictive by design, that is the point – the designer has done the hard work for you. However, if you are stilling using the classic editor, try converting to the block editor (it is truly versatile) and see if you can achieve your aim without a fundamental change of look.

You can of course switch between around 50 Templates, but expect to spend several hours or days or weeks or months re-configuring it or repairing the damage done.

Modern templates have built in pattern creators and you can copy patterns created elsewhere and paste them into your page. Many templates have multiple bespoke page templates, e.g. with or without a sidebar, wit or without a featured image, with or without the navigation/header/title (useful for distraction-free landing pages).

11. I need a plugin

We’ve migrated dozens of websites that were bloated with activated plugins that were not really needed. Plugin and their dependencies can result in impaired functionalitity, some are performance degrading and others may have privacy implications.

We generally encourage users to achieve their goals without a plugin, using the built in tools, the Block editor and the Template, supplemented by Jetpack and the limited suite of add-ons we provide (or just a sprinkling of css, which can be learnt in a few days).

But if you really cannot do what you want to do, and can articulate what and why, we can advise on alternative ways of achieving your goal, before using a plugin.

However if you pay an initial installation and evaluation fee starting at £50, we’ll look into your request (it needs to work in WP multisite; needs to be in the WP repository and support automatic updates; is actively maintained and does not represent a security risk etc etc). You may wish to undertake some tests yourself on a local installation of WP as the fee is non refundable. You will need to be on our top annual plan, which is still only £144.

12. I am struggling with images

Many users forget that galleries are the best way to show multiple images and spend hours trying to arrange individual images which stubbornly don’t want to be arranged. If the template supports it, always use the featured image. This will make your display of news/updates/posts look the part in a list, your front page, in a syndicated feed. If Jetpack has been enabled, that will unlock swipeable galleries and more.

13. My question isn’t covered here

Ping us an email

Summary of options

Domain mapping (you manage renewals and your own DNS)yes
Domain mapping (we manage renewals and DNS)yesyes
Unlimited pages and postsyesyesyes
Basic file space (256Mb)yes
More file space (1Gb)yes
A lot more file space (3Gb)yes
Multiple domains or subdomains (up to 3)nonoyes
Plugin configuration – from our toolset (£35)noyesyes
Additional plugins added and configurationsnonoyes
Email mapping and sub domains and DNS protectionnonoyes
Multiple user supportnonoyes

nota bene, if you are confident managing your own DNS but need more space, then choose either the More or Plus Plans; for all additional work you need to be on an annual plan (Plus only or a donation of £50-£100 to Sustaining Dunbar); added plugins are subject to a one off evaluation and testing fee – ask for a quotation (Plus only). Monthly budget plans assume you have limited requirements and do not need more advanced customisations.