Suggest update of GitLab's feature comparison page
Based on work done for my mentorship project regarding a competitive analysis of other open source program offerings, I'd like to suggest an update to the GitLab website's product/pricing feature comparison chart.
When comparing GitHub's open source program to GitLab's, one of the things that is most striking is that they've managed to build up their open source software (OSS) community without having special pricing or a special product offering for OSS projects. Whenever there is a call to action for OSS orgs, these users are prompted to sign up for a Free GitHub account.
One of the things that jumped out to me while exploring was that the GitHub product/pricing comparison page is very well-organized and shows potential users the value that even a Free account has.
Right now, the GitLab website's product/pricing feature comparison chart shows all of the features that are available to users at different pricing tiers. However, it's not easy to scan them and see the value that you get at each level.
Here are some suggestions to help users more easily understand the value of each tier:
- Make value easy to scan. The GitHub comparison page lumps features together by functionality (e.g. Code management, workflow, security & compliance, etc). This makes it easy to understand what value a user is getting at each stage. We could do something similar and group our features by product stage.
- Detail summary should be on the same page. I really like how GitHub has expandable details for its features. The details are one or two sentences long. This allows people to quickly comprehend what the feature is and keep moving through the comparison chart. The GitLab comparison chart links to documentation about the feature. This not only takes people away from the comparison page, but it also requires them to read through a page or more of details.
- Project vs Group-level Gold. We have said that public projects get Gold-level access but also state that group-level Gold is different. This is confusing. I can't find any documentation around what this means and people normally refer me to this pricing comparison page to see what that means. Still confusing. How might we make the distinction clearer?