I'm using Cloudron for several years now. In the first months also as a paid user. For a while, I even paid for the Pro plan when it was discounted.
For 2 or 3 years I'm on free since I don't really use it. I just have pasteboard running...
Currently, I use Google Workspace, for which I currently pay 10,40 € - and everything is included. Storage, applications - everything
The main advantage for me to use Cloudron is to not have to worry about the administration of applications (I do that enough in my job ) that I need to manage my private stuff and still have some control over where exactly my data is and what happens to it.
One place where I have everything: Mails, contacts, files, Git and everything you need.
But if I want to use Cloudron to be the master of my data, I pay ~15€ incl. VAT and that's not even including the vServer. If I then want to have a vServer with enough storage space, I pay 10-15€ on top again - and then I still have to work out a backup solution and need space for it.
Apart from the fact that I then have to book an annual plan so that I get this price.
I know Cloudron is not an exact counter product to Google Workspace etc. . Cloudron has a lot more features and possibilities, which can be seen from the fact that you can install a large number of open source apps just as easily, whereas with Google you are reduced to the Google apps. In addition, you do not pay Cloudron per user.
Nevertheless, Cloudron is for me an alternative product to Google Workspace and therefore for me personally it has to compete with Google Workspace in terms of price.
I've also poked around here in the forum to find out what the Cloudron team thinks about their pricing.
There came the argumentation that you theoretically have to take into account the amount of work you put into the administration.
I understand that so far, however, this does not quite fit my use case.
For me, as someone who is looking for a solution for his private stuff, I do not start to calculate my working time to manage private things. I also don't start to calculate if it's worth to cook myself or to order every day at Lieferando/Takeway.
I don't want to start a discussion whether the price for Cloudron is justified or not.
At the end of the day, it's about what the Cloudron developers value their product and their work. Likewise, of course, I may not be the target audience Cloudron wants to address.
I just wanted to explain why I decided not to buy Cloudron and maybe that's something the Cloudron team will take into consideration when reworking their pricing next time.
Thanks for reading