I read that Ning was bought out and was committed to finally bringing the platform up to date with modern, reliable features and design. I had left Ning for a few years because of this issue. Upon coming back to Ning August 2017, I hate to say it, but it seems to me that the new Ning is just as bad as the old Ning. They still struggle to provide even basic features like paid access and SSL.
Ning doesn't seem to understand or care that many creators are operating professional businesses and need a reliable platform. They find it all to easy to simply promise that certain features will be available "next quarter" or "later this year", with little or no concern that we can't operate businesses in that way. Honestly it seems to me like it will be at least a couple more years until Ning can be considered a decent platform that business owners can rely on.
I recently returned to give Ning a second chance, but it's not going well - not at all, so I think I should be looking to take my business elsewhere. I'd rather be somewhere else than on Ning being charged full price for a network that fails to provide a full set of basic features. Can anyone provide any good cloud-hosted alternatives to Ning that are easy to use and don't require any code writing knowledge? I also need a platform that has a paid access feature - preferably compatible with the Stripe payment gateway.