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History of Maine Hosting Solutions

zozo inc.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!!!

Web Hosting Since 199609/1996

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)

Maine Guides Online10/1996

Maine Guides Online

  • While visiting VisCom, the Visual Communications Expo in New York, Dan was approached by a Nikon rep stating that he was looking for a hunting guide in Maine and couldn’t find anything on the “World Wide Web”.
  • Hmmmmmm…. and the birth of MaineGuides.com happened shortly there after.

SpiderNet Graphics02/1997

SpiderNet Graphics

  • We started building websites for more Maine Guides, and more Maine Guides…

03/1997

The First Office

  • Finally moved from the Woolwich basement location to an office in downtown Bath, where we are still located today, expanded 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 wealth of energy and knowledge that springs SNL forward.

Maine Hosting Solutions03/1998

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?

comtel02/2002

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!!

JASON AARONS03/2002

Jason Aarons Joins MHS

  • Jason Aarons joins the team as “The Support Team”.
  • Jason brought a wealth of knowledge of Linux with him and his great ability to debug even the most insane problems.

TONY STANLEY10/2002

Tony Stanley Joins The Team as Lead Programmer

  • Tony Stanley comes on board as our PHP Developer, back when everything was custom programmed.
  • Tony evolves his skills over the years to become one the finest programmers in the industry.

WES HIGHFILL03/2005

Wes Highfill Joins The Team as Lead Designer

  • After having a couple of designers on the team Wes Highfill joins us as our Lead Designers.
  • To this day he still creates one of kind designs that are aimed to please the most discerning customers.

LINDA COOK03/2006

Linda Cook Joins the MHS Team as CFO

  • Linda, among her other talents, has an extensive background in bookkeeping and accounting.
  • In addition to keeping us on track, as a Domain Specialist she has helped hundreds of domain name owners regain control and ownership of their domain names.
  • Don’t mess with Linda.

Ace of Space Hosting08/2005

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.

DAVE KOENIG03/2008

Dave Koenig Joins The Team as Operations Manager

  • Dave handles much of the day-to-day operations here at Maine Hosting Solutions. He has an extensive training background and has been working with and providing training in WordPress here for over four years. Dave also oversees our acquisitions team and support departments.
  • Having been an explosives ordnance detonation expert in the military he is very good at defusing crisis situations that arise in our varying data centers.

great works internet01/2010

Acquisition of GWI’s Web Hosting Division

  • MHS acquires all of Great Works Internet’s web hosting accounts.

web hosting01/2012

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.

04/2015

SEO Masters Certification

  • Dan and Tony complete their SEO Masters Certification.
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