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Supporting Membership is now Allrecipes Pro! 
Nov. 28, 2012 5:34 pm 
Updated: May 22, 2014 4:04 pm
Hi Allrecipeeps!
Supporting Membership is now Allrecipes Pro! 
New name, same great features! Not an Allrecipes Pro? Click here to Go Pro! 
For new Allrecipes Pro Members, puchase before December 15th and use the promo code GOPRO (all caps) and select the '1 year membership' to get one full year of Pro for $9.95.
Happy cooking!
Nov. 28, 2012 5:39 pm
I was a supporting member, but haven't been for - oh, I guess around 6 months. I take it I'm not eligible for the discounted rates?
Nov. 28, 2012 5:44 pm
Hi Litegal1 - you will get the dollar value off ($7.55) of the renewal price. You can go through the purchase process to see the discount before you commit to purchasing, if you would like!
Nov. 28, 2012 5:49 pm
"Pro", to me, implies "professional". I am not a professional cook and don't like to imply that I am one when I am not. I have great respect for professional cooks and prefer to leave that title to them. Having this designation next to my name on this site might imply that I know more than another home cook, or to those who already mistake "The Buzz" for Allrecipes it may imply that I am an employee of Allrecipes, which I am not. To me this is very misleading. I would have preferred to keep the star.
Nov. 28, 2012 5:53 pm
Nov. 28, 2012 6:02 pm
Change is always awkward. We will all get used to the new design. It is different, that is all.
Nov. 28, 2012 6:10 pm
agree with elle!
Nov. 28, 2012 6:16 pm
I don't like it, makes my eyes hurt, I want my star back!
Nov. 28, 2012 6:22 pm
For the $9.95 fee, throw in one of those beautiful AR monogrammed orange aprons w/ PRO inscribed on the front, and I’ll be all in.
Nov. 28, 2012 6:27 pm
I agree with Elle too ... It implies "professional" and I'm not. The star is simply a symbol and neutral, much better and looks better too.
Nov. 28, 2012 7:03 pm
I am guessing this did not get kicked around to much with any survey research whats so ever.
Nov. 28, 2012 7:45 pm
I echo Elle. :-(
Nov. 28, 2012 8:32 pm
The graphic is not attrative and the label (PRO) is not appropriate. As a customer, I would still like to know the rationale behind the change. I haven't seen that so far, just that AR is listening. Sorry, but NOW they're listening? Now that they've made the change, they are highly unlikely to change it back.
Nov. 28, 2012 8:35 pm
I am so confused. I am a paid member.just signed up this month.what is the purpose of the change and what happens if I don't use the promo and update by the 15th and what if I do.
Nov. 28, 2012 8:38 pm
I also don't understand why it takes years to get a recipe published on the site.people are paying and things shouldn't take that long.update the server or whatever the issue is and do it!
Nov. 29, 2012 5:28 am
Agree with Elle. I want my star back, I am NOT a professional chef. Until it expires at least. I probably won't renew until some things that really need fixing get fixed. This change was a waste of AR employees time that should have been spent working on requests we've been telling them about forever. I really want to see my reviews on the new format page. It looks like I haven't made the recipe if I rated it awhile ago. I want an easier search for other cooks and a search option in other cooks recipe box too. And don't get me started on inappropriate photos, someone should be reviewing photos!
Nov. 29, 2012 6:21 am
I think I have to join in the friendly discourse and express my dismay at seeing the "Pro" moniker next to my name. It makes me feel very presidential.
Nov. 29, 2012 6:36 am
It was more tasteful to be a "supporting" member. The PRO icon is now strictly a membership level which lessens classiness of supporting this site. It is a class system at best. It is also immensely misleading (I imagine) to new members who now might think PRO status implies we are part of AR's staff or professional cooks with unlimited knowledge and experience to offer. I, personally, am uncomfortable with the PRO label. I was happy to support the site - showing that your features were useful to me. I am not happy with the new status. I realize it is "the same thing" as far a paying to use the site goes - blue star or PRO icon- but I kinda feel exposed this way. Kinda like when you make a donation and your monetary amount donated gets published. You have changed the FEEL of AllRecipes by doing this.
Nov. 29, 2012 9:27 am
HI there! We did extensive research prior to changing the name, as we do with all site changes. Allrecipes, like our community, is always growing and changing. :) Additionally, all of our Allrecipes mobile apps (on iPhone, Android, and Tablets) use 'Pro' to designate the additional paid features, and have for years (example: Dinner Spinner Pro).
Nov. 29, 2012 11:11 am
It is fine to use Pro to describe a 'feature'. I am not one, and don't care to have it after my name.
Nov. 29, 2012 12:45 pm
I agree with Sassyoldlady and most others above. 'Pro' as an app name is one thing but why change the star. It didn't previously read "Username SUPPORTER" or "username PAID" or anything like that.
Nov. 29, 2012 12:48 pm
Does going "Pro" mean I can't cook in the Olympics now ?
Nov. 29, 2012 1:01 pm
yep :)
Nov. 29, 2012 2:37 pm
No it says next to my log in...'Way to go, Pro. Well, punch me in the shoulder and butt slap me.
Nov. 29, 2012 3:47 pm
My goodness! You *are* a sassy one! :)
Nov. 29, 2012 4:03 pm
;) I was channeling football.
Nov. 29, 2012 4:50 pm
Thank you for your input. AR employees from nearly every department here are actively reading your comments today, so please know that your input will influence our upcoming decisions around Pro. In fact, we chose not to go out with a huge splash about Pro because we wanted to test the waters and see what everyone thought.It's not meant to give anyone a label, but rather indicate that there's more to the Allrecipes experience, and some of our savvy members have taken advantage of all that Pro membership offers.
Nov. 29, 2012 4:51 pm
When we first launched Supporting Membership, the emphasis was on supporting a great site that our members loved and wanted to support financially. Because of that, "Supporting Membership" implies that AR benefits from your membership like a non-profit would. Over the years, though, Supporting Membership has come to mean more that that, especially with the addition of tools like Menu Planner. The benefits of Pro are for our community as well. We are constantly thinking of ways to improve the Pro experience so that it's something you get even more out of, not just so that you're supporting the AR brand (though of course we love your loyalty!). So we hope you'll think of it this way: Pro IS more of an experience than a label. It's something you've chosen to upgrade to (wisely), not who you are.
Nov. 29, 2012 6:03 pm
Love you Elizabeth, but you're not convincing me, sorry. I liked the star. AR can do whatever, and will I'm sure. I'll pass on being marketed. Not renewing come May.
Nov. 30, 2012 5:34 am
Eva, I think your questions may have been lost in the sea of comments about the change. It seems that nothing is really changing about our paid supporting memberships other than their name. The supporting membership you paid for a month ago has not changed, with the exception of what it is called. You do not need to do anything by the 15th since you already have a paid membership, unless you would like to renew and extend your membership period at the lower rate. As far as the publication of recipes, not all recipes will be published. As frustrating at that can be when we have really great recipes we would like others to see, it's also part of what makes AR great. AR isn't like other cooking sites- you're not going to find a million recipes for chocolate chip cookies that are identical, for example, just because someone submitted them. Recipes that are unique, have something new to offer, or are seasonally appropriate are more likely to be published. That being said, just because a recipe may not be published immediately (or ever, for that matter) doesn't mean you can't share it with others. You can always share the links to your personal recipes with others.
Nov. 30, 2012 7:33 am
I'm afraid I agree with the others. I don't like PRO because it doesn't look as nice to me as the star did.
Nov. 30, 2012 9:18 am
I personally don't mind if the supporting membership is called "pro" now. But, I would rather have the star beside my name instead of the Pro label. The star was much more subtle and way cuter!
Nov. 30, 2012 5:13 pm
mkstevens09, has a point. Who cares what it is called but it does not look so cool in our avatars.
Dec. 1, 2012 5:21 am
I was a way a couple days, came back and saw Pro by my name and no star. I wondered what the heck was going on and who decided I was a Pro, which I am not by any stretch of the imagination! I don't consider myself an expert either - just a person who likes to cook and bake, and enjoys the AllRecipes site and wanted to support it. I really do not like the Pro designation and more than likely if it is still around when it is time for my membership to renew I will not be renewing. I feel, as most others above, that it is a very misleading title (or label or whatever). I feel the staff at AR really need to re-think this and go back to our blue stars of which we are all proud to have displayed next to our names. I've always been one to say "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!"
Dec. 1, 2012 8:55 am
PRO-what is my basic question? The features available to those who pay for a subscription haven't changed. If you were looking for a symbol to designate someone who is a paying member, seems $$$ could have also been used. On a cooking website, pro implies 'profressional chef' which I would imagine most are not. AR can try to explain it anyway they like, but I just don't see the point of this change.
Dec. 1, 2012 9:09 am
Elizabeth: I am quoting you: "It's not meant to give anyone a LABEL, but rather indicate that there's more to the Allrecipes experience, and some of our SAVVY members have taken advantage of all that Pro membership offers." Hello is that a contradiction??? I have no desire to be called savvy or pro anything - not now or in the future. Someone in the AR Seattle office needs to get a good dose of commonsense. My membership will expire in 2014 and at that time, I will take care of the word "PRO" after my name. Shearone-GOLF Pro
Dec. 2, 2012 9:26 am
I am really shocked by how many ppl seem so upset over this word. Is it really that big of a deal? I use Allrecipes for all my recipes and I love to c all of your reviews and ideas they help soooo much. It seems to bring alot of ppl together but because they made this little change ppl r angry and threatening to leave!!! It is kind of sad really!
Dec. 3, 2012 5:43 am
Can an employee please spend some time fixing the print feature. Lots of users like me have been wasting tons of ink and paper getting a blank first page, the recipe on the second page, then a blank third page. Really is annoying and it has been happening for about a year. Frequent questions on the buzz but no fix in sight! Maybe a hidden sponsor is an ink manufacturer?
Dec. 3, 2012 6:52 pm
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Dec. 4, 2012 5:01 pm
While I'm not a "PRO" I'm still a member and I find it kinda rude that AR apparently didn't even ASK their paying members if they wanted or needed such a silly change. If you're not listening to them, there isn't much chance you're listening to the rest of us either, huh? If you had asked, I think you can see here what the response would have been. And I totally agree with em too! :o(
Dec. 4, 2012 5:26 pm
I think 'ginger5010' should be banned for posting spam.
Dec. 4, 2012 7:47 pm
as Adam implied I'm shocked that you able to earn $7328 in one month on the internet. did you look at this page
Dec. 4, 2012 7:48 pm
Actually cheepchick, it's my understanding that they did consult with the "ambassadors" and they were told to keep it underwraps until AR decided to unveil it. It's their company and they can and will do anything they want, but for the love of God, I wished they would just stop spoon feeding us the propaganda of who all they consulted and how much thought goes into these decisions. I would say that between these comments left here, and those that have been posted on the buzz, for every 100 comments, maybe 2 or 3 are in favor. That's not a really good statistic to fall back on and justify this change or some of the other more recent changes.
Dec. 6, 2012 5:43 am
until I looked at the check ov $9936, I accept father in law was like actually making money in there spare time online.. there mums best friend started doing this for under 9 months and at present paid for the morgage on their apartment and bought Mercedes. we looked here, cloud68dotcom
Dec. 6, 2012 11:44 am
And evidently AR doesn't bother even to come and read our comments unless they like leaving the spammers in here.
Dec. 19, 2012 9:12 am
my roomate's mom makes $85/hour on the computer. She has been laid off for 5 months but last month her paycheck was $18268 just working on the computer for a few hours. Read more on this web site
Dec. 27, 2012 11:15 am
How do you change your account status to manually renew your pro membership?
Jan. 18, 2013 4:22 pm
Noticed this q&a just today...I agree with the majority here, the PRO designation alludes to a skill level, not a program...and the Dinner Spinner has both a regular and a PRO setup, so that argument doesn't hold water...sorry, I can't say what I'd like to because I don't want thrown off the site. I like AR, always have...but like most businesses, it has its share of problems, the least of which is a big discrepancy among the 'powers that be' about who is in charge of what!! There are many things that need attention, but changing our designation from Supporting Member to PRO isn't one of them...Sorry, AR, my membership just expired and I am not sure that I will renew it either...:(
Jan. 28, 2013 8:13 am
The "Pro" membership identifier doesn't bother me since I believe "Pro" was meant to promote the site's additional features and not as a title for the at-home chef. Every member has the option of identifying his/her level of cooking expertise in the public profile. Here's my gripe: I understand the need for Allrecipes to fund their existence but $45 for a two year "Pro" subscription is ridiculous. Even half that is too much therefore I've canceled my renewal. IMHO, there are just too many 100% free and low cost websites and apps with same or similar capabilities to justify spending this kind of money.
Mar. 9, 2013 10:27 am
I hope to one day be a Pro!!! Until then I will stay at a Holiday Inn and maybe it will make me feel like one!!!!
Mar. 10, 2013 8:20 am
how petty...such a big deal because the word pro is next to your name?? I would just like to know if pro users find the pd membership useful enough to pay for it. I couldn't give 2 hoots whether there is a cute little star or the word pro next to my name.
Mar. 27, 2013 6:18 am
I have to agree with Carol. Paying $45 for 2 years is way too much. I was going to renew but I think I will just stick to the free version.
Apr. 13, 2013 4:33 pm
1) It's very hard to find out what the benefits are for going pro--all that's listed on the site right now are piece breakdowns (marketing lapse here). 2) Ladies, "going pro" is the common term for upgrading an app to paid status; it's a 21st Century thing.
Apr. 14, 2013 4:49 pm
If going pro will get rid of the most of the ads and the menu bar at the bottom I'm in. Otherwise it's not worth it to me for the meal planner.
Jan. 2, 2014 11:05 am
I agree with banditz - I would pay not to see the ads. But the other "benefits" I don't get excited about, not for the price.
Jan. 27, 2014 4:30 pm
I just subscribed so its easier for my family to plan meals and I'm finding it extremely lacking. First off, no app support. Sure the dinner spinner has a list but it's not intuitive to locate and it doesn't sync with our account. That's a huge strike 1. Second, no mobile support for pro features. My husband was excited for the shopping list feature until he realized what a pain it is to get it on our phones. Then I emailed it to myself and was pleasantly surprised with the checkbox feature until I realized that since it's a read only email it's not saved when you leave it. We will find a way to make it work (probably with the help of google docs or Evernote or possibly even a self developed solution) but it's unlikely we'll renew after our year is up unless these issues are addressed. We subscribed thinking this would make our lives a bit easier and save us some time but with all the funky nuances of the site it's kind of a wash.
Jan. 27, 2014 4:37 pm
Oh I just realized that the app can sync with the pro account but only if you buy the pro version. So now we have to spend another $10 to have access on both phones to a feature that should be included in the membership price. Awesome.
May 22, 2014 4:04 pm
Can't find anything that clarifies - does going "Pro" get rid of the ads or not? That's all I care about right now... ;-)
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