Maine Owned and Operated
09/1996 ESTABLISHMENT - zozo inc.
Established in 1996 originally as zozo inc., aka SpiderNet Graphics. – Our first domain name: zozo.com – Common! It was the 90s!!! Emboss, drop shadows, animated gifs, they were all the rage!!!
09/1996 Eosco Clock Works
The first website built was zozo.com/ecw – Eosco Clock Works – Dan was trying to sell his custom clocks online, which went well for a while. What happened next changed the landscape of his future. People seemed to be more interested in the WEBSITE than the clocks. Gear shift; craftsman to webmaster (as we were called in 1996)
10/1996 Maine Guides Online
02/1997 SpiderNet Graphics
We started building websites for more Maine Guides, and Local Small Business…
03/1997 The First Office
Finally moved from the Woolwich basement location to an office in downtown Bath, where we are still located today. Eventually expanding to 2nd and 3rd floors of 122 Front St. from a single shared office.
01/1998 Getting a bit busy around here
Dan reaches out to long time friend Benjamin Burden for help. Benjamin was a SpiderNet Graphics client and produced a print catalog for Cyr Auction Company at the time. Benjamin brings the print client with him for instant sustainability, and a wealth of energy and knowledge that helps spring us forward.
03/1998 Maine Hosting Solutions
Benjamin never liked the name SpiderNet Graphics, convinced Dan of a name change and created our first logo and website – Maine Hosting Solutions – MaineHost.com
Remember the black and yellow bumblebee website?
02/2002 Acquisition of Comtel
At the time this acquisition of 400 hosting accounts doubled the size of Maine Hosting Solutions And thus the introduction of the FIRST Employee!! Welcome Jason!
05/2003 WordPress 1.0 is Released
With the release of WordPress we saw an opportunity to utilize this platform for building website that our clients could easily update their content. MaineHost.com goes WordPress. Over the next years we end up building over 2,000 website in WordPress.
08/2005 Acquisition of Ace of Space
Dan and Ben sign papers in a tent to solidify funding to acquire Ace of Space out of Vancouver, British Columbia.
This acquisition more than doubles the client base and paves the way to the Canadian market.
01/2010 Acquisition of GWI's Web Hosting Division
MHS acquires all of Great Works Internet’s web hosting accounts.
01/2012 Rebranding Complete
Through the fall of 2011 we engaged in a whole new branding process.
After several months of A/B testing we launched our new branding. New colors, new logo, new look and feel!
12/2012 Acquisition of Autograff Hosting
MHS acquires Autograff Hosting, a long time reseller of MHS that wanted to move away from the hosting industry to concentrate on design. We see this as a trend in coming years with several resellers.
03/2014 Acquisition of Zipper Hosting
MHS acquires Zipper Hosting, a well established web hosting company in Chicago. Mostly WordPress developed sites that grow our design dept.
04/2015 SEO Masters Certification
Dan and Tony complete their SEO Masters Certification via MOZ. We’re also certified by Yext, Google and Bing.
09/2016 Acquisition of 1 to All Hosting
MHS acquires 1 to All Hosting out of Chicago, a WordPress Hosting and WordPress Managed Services provider.
04/2018 Acquisition of Wickford Web
MHS acquires Wickford Web of Rhode Island, a small website development company.
08/2019 Acquisition of eHost
MHS acquires eHost out of Los Angeles, a web hosting company that focuses on WordPress Hosting.