We’re writing to let you know that we will be retiring the EEBA website next month on April 16, 2015. This change does not affect our Android app, iPhone app, and Goodbudget website — you can continue budgeting there with your same envelopes, accounts, and transactions.
When we launched Goodbudget approximately 16 months ago, we announced that we would eventually be shutting down the classic EEBA website. In the interim, we would maintain and allow you the ability to use both to manage your budget.
Why are we retiring the EEBA website?
We’re an energetic team that works smart, but we are also aware that we have limited resources to do everything we’d like to do. Because of this, we need to make sure that we’re stewarding these resources wisely and in the way that best serves our user community.
The Goodbudget and EEBA websites share the same backend data and, for the most part, provide the same functionality. But the Goodbudget interface is preferred by 94% of all of our budgeters. So it makes sense to direct our time, effort, and energy toward it. In the past year, we’ve added Goal Envelopes, an Income v. Spending Report, and future transactions to the Goodbudget website along with numerous other improvements. And having weekly, monthly, and 3-month Envelopes simultaneously will be coming to Goodbudget this year too.
While in a perfect world, we would keep the EEBA interface up and available, the reality is that as we make improvements and release features going forward, it takes significant extra effort to maintain (and support) the EEBA website on top of the Goodbudget website and our Android and iOS apps. This is true even when the improvements we make aren’t visible on the EEBA website. In fact, one of the reasons why we originally undertook the Goodbudget redesign was because EEBA grew up too quickly and the website wasn’t built in a way that made the software easy to maintain.
For Current EEBA Users
For those of you still using EEBA, you can login to Goodbudget with your same username and password, and all your data syncs securely between both websites as well as our Android and iPhone apps. For now, you can go back and forth between the two websites until we shut down the EEBA site. While all the features from EEBA are in Goodbudget, we know that the two websites are laid out differently. To ease your transition, we’ve written a how-to article to help you get started; and Becky and Steve on our stellar support team are also always available.
While we would love for you to continue with us at Goodbudget, we also understand if you choose to find another budgeting tool. We’ve always been committed to your data being your data. You can get your data (Envelopes, Transactions, and Accounts) as CSV files — just email firstname.lastname@example.org with your username. For those who have supported us as paid subscribers (deep thanks), you can cancel your subscription directly from the Goodbudget site. If you’re cancelling an annual subscription, we’d also like to offer a refund for the remaining time on your subscription. Just email us at email@example.com. As always, we wish you the best on your budgeting journey.
Decisions like this aren’t easy to make. But we firmly believe this is the right choice for the whole community of folks that rely on our service to manage your finances, and we thank you for your support.
Chi-En and the team
UPDATE: Based on feedback from people who were using the EEBA web interface and those who are using the Goodbudget web interface, we plan to make the following changes to the Goodbudget website:
- Add Transaction: fix resizing for more browsers to show ‘Save’ button
- Add Transaction: add error message for commas and spaces
- Advanced Search: support day/month date preference
- Import: drag to match, even if transactions are off screen
- Import CSV: support DD-MMM-YY date format