New plans and Legacy plans

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In June 2015 we released one of our largest upgrade to our platform, that introduced several new features such as multiple accounts, teams, and regional records. With the release of the multi-account feature we also changed our plans structure.

This article explains the main differences between the pre-2015 plan types and the new types.

Legacy plans

Before the new plans, we had two generations of domain-based plans. They shared the same names, but they were priced a little bit different.

First-generation legacy plans:

  • Bronze v1
  • Silver v1
  • Gold v1
  • Platinum v1

Second-generation legacy plans (introduced in 2014):

  • Bronze
  • Silver
  • Gold
  • Platinum

Newer plans

Newer plans are:

  • Personal
  • Professional
  • Business

We also have corresponding reseller plans:

  • Basic Reseller
  • Expert Reseller
  • Master Reseller

Identify the plan type

You can check the plan from your account page. From the account switcher on the top-right of your page, select the account you want to check.

The plan type is immediately visible in the main account page.

If you are using a legacy plan, a yellow banner will appear at the top of screen.

You can click on to get additional information about the new plans and upgrade to a new plan.

Newer plans vs Legacy plans

The main different between legacy plans and our current plans is the way plans are structured. The legacy plans were strongly based on the number of domains, and you were charged depending on how many domains you had in your account.

The new plans, instead, are based on the types of features you need. For example, the Personal plan is now our cheapest offering and lacks certain features that are only available on higher-tier plans. Conversely, Professional and Business plans includes features generally requested by organizations such as the ability to share the account with multiple members, or the ability to configure a different billing address.

Newer plans no longer have domain limits. This means that even if you are a Personal user with a number of domain larger than the average, you no longer need to upgrade to a more expensive plan just to add more domains. You can stay on the plan that has the features you need and add as many domains you want.

Newer plans include 5 domains. For any extra domains we charge a small fee per domain, based on the plan. If you have a very large number of domains, you may consider one of our reseller plans. Reseller plans have a higher monthly cost compared to standard plans, but they have a substantial discount on the price-per-domain.

We also created 4 specific articles to clarify the difference between old plans and new plans:

Price differences

In most cases, the price for newer plans is generally close to the price of second-generation legacy plans. Depending on the number of domains in your account, newer plans may even be less expensive.

When compared to first-generation legacy plans, some customers may notice a larger price increase (especially Gold v1). First-generation plans were introduced in 2010, when the DNSimple infrastructure was an order of magniture simpler (and less expensive to maintain) than today.

Over the last 6 years we have invested heavily in DDoS protection, Anycast DNS, additional infrastructure, and we continue to work to provide advanced features such as easy-to-use SSL certificates and Secondary DNS. Newer plans help DNSimple grow and improve the service for all of our customers.

Features only on newer plans

Many new features are only made available to newer plans. Specifically: Personal, Professional, Business, and reseller plans.

If you see a newer plan warning banner at the top of a support article, it means your account must be subscribed to one of these plans in order to use the feature. If you are using a legacy plan such as Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum, you can upgrade to the most appropriate plan and the feature will be immediately available to you.

Features only on certain tiers of newer plans

Some features are only available on certain new plans, based on the level of service. For example, teams and regional records are features that generally makes sense only in the context of an organizations, therefore they are available only to Professional and Business plans.

If you see a some-plans warning banner at the top of a support article, make sure your account is subscribed to the appropriate plan in order to use that feature.

Some advanced features are only available in higher plans. If you need the feature only on a limited number of domains, you may want to consider using multiple accounts to segment the business.

For example, if you need vanity name servers only on 3-4 domains, create a separate account with only these domains, and subscribe it to the Business plan. Leave the other domains on a lower plan, such as Professional, and you will only pay the feature for the domains where you actually use it.