After long consideration, I will be ending Babble Self Hosted in the near future. It wont happen immediately, I don't have a firm date, but I am looking at the second quarter of 2019 (sometime between march and end of may, probably closer to the end of may).
The reasons i have decided to do this cause the support load for babble self hosted is incredibly high, due to the installation requirements, the amount of self host clients who have moved to the chat service, the general decline in sales for self hosted in favor of the chat service. Basically the chat service has more or less killed it off.
People who have a self hosted purchase and current on their renewals, will continue to be able to download (even after the EOL has been reached). I will try to cancel any outstanding renewals at the time the product is EOL, but you should also check this at that time to avoid being charged for renewals. You will be allowed to run babble self hosted as long as possible, but i will not be providing updates (including bug fixes or new features).
Any self hosted client who wishes, I can move you over to the chat service now or at the time, I will offer the first 3 months or remainder of your renewal (whichever is the lesser) and after that you will receive an invoice to continue to be on the service, just let me know if you want to do this (as well which package you want, 3/6/1 year terms).
in the near future, i will also be offering a different packages for users who will exceed the chat services 100 user, so stay tuned for those.