Good points. Firstly, I don’t have sour grapes. I paid $100 for a dev account and I think it’s great value for money.
You’ll notice that most conferences have a student rate, or a grant for people who genuinely can’t afford it. I agree it’s too early for all that to be available now.
Re the website issue. I know plenty of businesses whose website is Facebook. That’s free to set up. And there’s free access to the Internet in your local library.
Again, I’m not saying these things *have* to be free, or freemium, or anything else.