A few weeks back, we announced that we're hosting an ASYNC AMA about the Contentful Community edition. The DevRel team collected your questions, and we have answers.
Note: Questions were lightly edited for clarity.
Does Contentful really go from free to $489 a month?
Johnathan asked via Twitter, “Does @contentful really go from free straight to $489 a month?”
Yes — but that’s a good thing. It means that most of the benefits of our previous Micro and Small spaces are now available for free in the Community edition.
Can I customize my plan?
JS asked via email, “Are there piecemeal additions to the Community edition? i.e., Can I pay for additional records if I want them, or do I have to upgrade to Team the moment I pass 25,000?”
To keep our self-service pricing simple, we only customize our Enterprise tier. If you hit 25,000 records, you’ll be blocked from creating new records until you upgrade to the Team tier with a Large space to gain additional records.
Kostas asked via the Contentful community Slack, “Hi guys, gals and non-binary pals, are there other people using multiple spaces for a large Contentful architecture and finding themselves in a bit of a pickle with the removal of the Micro and Small spaces? I'm wondering what the best practices are with large Contentful projects. Are Enterprises and Team the only solution now for those cases?”
It might be possible that a Medium or Large space on our Team tier is more appropriate than multiple spaces for a single project. Additionally, the Enterprise tier offers flexible POC spaces that are ideal for developing multiple projects in tandem. That said, we won't be changing the Micro and Small spaces you've already invested in — and you can contact support until 2021 to add more of these spaces if you need them for your architecture.
How can I switch to the Community edition?
Kurt Kemple asked via Twitch, “I signed up years ago. What do I have to do to get into the community edition?”
If you’re on a previous developer edition and didn’t get automatically upgraded to the community edition, please contact us via the Contentful support portal.
I need that Contentful swag
David Riches asked via Twitter, “How do I get myself swag? Ideally the long sleeve t-shirt?”
To celebrate the launch of the Contentful Community edition and GraphQL going into public access for all developers, we want to hook everyone up with limited edition Contentful swag. The only catch? You have to build something using Contentful’s GraphQL API . Once you've made something, head over to our GraphQL swag page to share what you've made. We’ll send you a long sleeve shirt in return to say thanks!
We also sent shirts to everyone who submitted a question. We’ll keep updating this blog post with new questions, so you aren’t too late! Send us more questions, and we’ll send more shirts. You can contact us via Twitter (@Contentful) or email (email@example.com).
In the meantime, here’s a few answers to other common questions.
What is the new Contentful Community edition?
Contentful’s new free-forever edition is designed to accelerate digital development by enabling the developer community to build without barriers, using the latest technologies such as GraphQL in their programming platform and language of choice.
What’s different about the Community edition vs. the Free trial?
Contentful’s free Community edition can be used forever, at no cost. It’s a feature-rich offering compared to other paid starter plans or limited trials on the market. We’re making this available because we believe in supporting innovation and education. Limited, 14-day trials don’t give developers the freedom and time to learn about a new platform and start to build out projects.
Is it really free forever?
Yep! Simply sign up here and get started.
Who is the Community edition for?
The Community edition is aimed at supporting individual developers with fast, easy access to Contentful so they can start building quickly.
What can I build on the Community edition?
This plan is good for building a modern website, a mobile app or supporting other channels, such as personal sites, hackathons or philanthropic projects. The sandbox environments allow you to safely, manually test a few features in parallel before merging into production.
How do I get started with an account?
Simply sign up here, get your API keys and start building!
Does the Community edition also offer technical support?
Contentful has robust developer documentation which you can use to get started, and our Slack community has thousands of active community members excited to help. Simply join our Slack community or check out our developer portal. Technical support via chat, email or in the form of a dedicated customer success manager and solutions architect is available in paid plans. See the pricing page for more information.
Where can I find guides and documentation?
Here are a few helpful resources to get started:
If you missed out on the AMA or we didn’t answer your question here, feel free to reach out to us via Twitter (@Contentful) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). We’ll also update this post with additional questions as they come!