2009 is almost upon us, so it’s as good a time as any to have a quick look back over the last 12 months.

It’s been an interesting year for everyone.

In 2007 we put plans in motion to launch a whole new range of products and services on a new platform.

While we still haven’t got them all up and running, we were able to launch our VPS hosting back in April. Of course the April launch was about 6 months later than we had originally planned and the shared hosting wasn’t ready, so we ended up setting up a completely separate site for it …

We finally got the new shared hosting offering ready for public consumption in in August – not quite a year overdue, but not far off it!

One of the things we have learnt over the past few years is that no matter how well prepared you might be things can and will go wrong. The delays with launching the new products and services caused us a lot of heartache and pain, as we’d been hoping to launch them a lot sooner. I don’t like going back on my word, but if it’s not ready, it’s not ready. What can you do?

We also launched an offsite blog for our technical announcements ie. when stuff breaks or when we’re planning on breaking it (I mean upgrading it *cough*). The offsite blog is completely independent of our network and doesn’t even use our nameservers, so as long as our staff can get net access they can post updates to it.

To help people keep track of what we’re up to we also got a presence on both Facebook and Twitter. We’ll be pushing out more of our promotions and special offers via those channels in the coming months – so watch that space!

What else have we been up to?

On the staff side of things we expanded even more, with some new faces joining the team, while some others moved on to other things.

Our planned office expansion / remodelling project is on the backburner again, but at least we’re in the fortunate position of having the extra space in the building when we need it.

It’s been an interesting year in the hosting and internet business globally, with a lot of acquisitions and mergers. New technologies are proving popular, while some of the companies that have been around for years now face uncertain futures (think Yahoo!).

With that in mind I travelled to both DomainFest in LA and the ICANN meeting in Paris. The DomainFest event was great fun, but also a wonderful opportunity to see what people are up to in other countries. The same is true of ICANN meetings – I always come away with new contacts and ideas (we won’t talk about how sane the ideas are!).

2009 is going to be an interesting year for us, as we push out some new stuff for our clients to enjoy.

Let’s hope it’s as good (overall) as 2008 has been!

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