We're going to keep making things better and better.
I'm not sure what the advantage of a $49/year subscription fee would be when this option already existed.
Fonticons is for when you outgrow Font Awesome:
- maybe you want to design and use your own icons, like your company logo (our copy and paste out of Illustrator CC is super simple), but rolling your own icon font is daunting
- maybe you don't want to serve all 519 icons when your site uses 20
- maybe you want an icon set that looks different from Font Awesome (our icon marketplace, which is about to grow quite quickly, will have a whole range of styles)
As your site's icon needs get more specific, hopefully Fonticons make sense.
For instance, if you want a Font Awesome icon that's not in the project, you can contract me out directly. You'll be able to do this for all of the paid icon sets: https://fonticons.com/sets/premium. Right now, we've got 2 gorgeous icon sets from Zach Roszczewski. You'll be able to contract him directly to get any icons his set might not have yet. (If you all don't know Zach, he's a particularly phenomenal icon designer. He did the Airbnb icons that are so gorgeous. The dude's seriously talented.)
Freelancer was filled with low quality / undervalued offers and spammy users. You can spend a lot of time fulfilling an offer just to wait weeks to find out if your work is selected amongst the other submissions.
The services seem good if you need some cheap work done, but felt pretty bleak from an artist's perspective.
(As a rationale for why we haven't done it yet, about 95% of our visitors are on desktop. But we definitely need a good mobile version for the marketing side of the site.)
Ooh weather icons. I think another weather app is needed....
(Also I hope you guys have a search box for that feature - icnfnt.com always made for a fun game of "spot these icons" for the whole office)
As soon as you want to add your logo or use a different icon set, it's worth it. I think Fonticons is more important if you're looking for something a bit different, style-wise.
(We're dogfooding Fonticons on Fonticons. And we had a lot of fun with some of our error pages: https://fonticons.com/404.html, https://fonticons.com/500.html, https://fonticons.com/503.html. Copy and pasting icons out of Illustrator makes it super fast.)