tl;dr: any chance you have plans to increase the rate limit for the free plan?
First off I want to say that I don’t think there’s anything wrong with charging for service, especially one that incurs infrastructure costs to provide.
That said, as a user interested in the service I find that the aggressive rate limiting on the free plan severely limits my ability to evaluate the product and become invested in the platform.
If I build a frontend that logs the user in, queries some data, does a manipulation that maybe triggers a function, just testing that once consumes the quota of 10 calls per 2 minutes.
Considering the amount of debugging and testing I have to do to get queries and functions working as a new user, I feel that I hit a wall pretty soon. Especially since any modern frontend tooling will hot reload my app as I work on it, consuming the quota without me really consciously doing anything.
I’d happily pay for service that I’m actually using, but $ 300 per year, per app, just to evaluate and develop? That’s twice as much as I pay for Figma, which I use professionally every day of the week as a power user. The API rate limit could be 100x higher and I still couldn’t use the free plan for anything very useful in production.
When I look at this from product perspective, I feel that 8base is also missing a huge opportunity to gain a userbase and attract a larger audience. More users leads to more conversions. These platforms only create value for people who know them well enough to write code for them, and it’s difficult for me to get there since the free plan kinda doesn’t let me learn.
If you want to think of ways to gain value from people on the free plan, you could grant higher rate limits for people who invite friends, share a link on social media or something along those lines.
Love the product. Cheers!