MHS History

Established 1996
Maine Owned and Operated

Maine Hosting History
zozo inc

09/1996 ESTABLISHMENT - zozo inc.

Established in 1996 originally as zozo inc., aka SpiderNet Graphics. – Our first domain name: – Common! It was the 90s!!! Emboss, drop shadows, animated gifs, they were all the rage!!!

Eosco Clock Works

09/1996 Eosco Clock Works

The first website built was – 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 Online

10/1996 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 happened shortly there after.

SpiderNet Graphics

02/1997 SpiderNet Graphics

We started building websites for more Maine Guides, and Local Small Business…

SpiderNet Graphics

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.

Maine Hosting Makeover

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 –

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. goes WordPress. Over the next years we end up building over 2,000 website in WordPress.

Ace of Space

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.

Great Works Internet

01/2010 Acquisition of GWI's Web Hosting Division

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

Maine Hosting Rebrand

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.

Zipper Studios

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.

Masters Certification

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.

We continue to make web design, hosting and promotion history right here in Maine!