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by Justin Ellingwood
Give option to purchase VPS for long term like months, years like linode does.
We are looking into providing an annual based billing for a virtual server with a discount.
Awesome, looking forward to it.
Lol, you know you have a good business when customers beg to be tied down for a year.
and some discount to go with long term commitment!
We've discussed implementing this but when the platform runs as a cloud where you are billed for the hours that you have the virtual server spun up, the logic behind a yearly plan is a bit more complex, so while we still have a few large items that we are working on this one is on the back burner for a while.
Two possible ways I could see this working that might be conceptually straightforward:
1) Provide a discount when a certain amount of service is purchased, for example, $60 of credit for $50.
2) Sell instance reservations like Amazon that include greatly reduced hourly prices with up-front commitment.
Otherwise, I think the vast majority of DO customers are probably running their servers 24/7 and would be well served by a simple pro-rating system where their hourly price is simply reduced for a given number of hours after they pay for them up-front.
Looking forward for it.
It builds good loyal customers and also customers gets benefit too with some discounts!
Linode does this!
Any update on this feature?
+1 for Michael's (2) comment :)
its easy, use this rule, prepay credits, pay $100 to your account you get $120, pay $1000 you get $1300, you can use it for services of DO, but you can't take the money back. It doesn't affect your billed by hour rule, and customers can still get benefits of "long term" purchase.
Because our virtual servers are not pre-paid and are billed at the hourly rate this feature request actually requires quite a bit of code tracking to ensure that the pre-paid amount is associated with a particular droplet.
@keboqi: that would works.
@keboqi : That is what i had in mind, or I did post it in some other suggestion as well. Any way Love the idea, Pre-Paid and Get a discount. Those Money can not be taken out.
There's another thread with the same request, that has garnered a lot more votes. You should consolidate your votes over there: http://digitalocean.uservoice.com/forums/136585-digital-ocean/suggestions/3683058-purchase-long-term-vps-like-for-months-years
Would also like to see a yearly/annual billing option with some discount as enticement.
"We've discussed implementing this but when the platform runs as a cloud where you are billed for the hours that you have the virtual server spun up"
I thought you are charged for the time a droplet exists for, regardless of it being powered on or not?
We are looking for annual billing as we offer cloud apps to our customers, they are billed annually. Subscribing to an annual plan with DigitalOcean will help us lock the pricing - which will also facilitate our accounting colleagues (instead of processing monthly expenses).
You have fixed rate monthly plans but caring each month's credit statement is panic. Many of us can seriously consider 1, 2, 3 or 5 years plan with good discounts for paying in advance.
Further, you have our credit card already enrolled so you can bill that extra monthly expense separately.
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