16.03.2021 – 07:00
Hostpoint solidifies its position as the largest web hosting provider in Switzerland
In spite of a year significantly impacted by the coronavirus, Hostpoint recorded a record turnover of CHF 24 million in 2020. The largest and leading web hosting provider in Switzerland saw managed domains grow by more than 20 percent, while hosted websites increased by 7.7 percent.
Hostpoint had an eventful yet successful year in 2020. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the Rapperswil-based provider managed to substantially increase its turnover again and thus post its best result ever. Turnover saw impressive growth of about 10 percent compared with 2019, rising to CHF 24 million.
CEO and co-founder Markus Gebert is delighted with the positive result for the year: "The past year was challenging for us, as we suddenly had to switch to working from home for longer periods of time. So this growth is all the more pleasing, and we owe it to the tireless and professional work of our employees." The number of employees at the owner-operated company grew to 75 in 2020.
Significant growth of managed domains
Growth of managed domain names was particularly impressive over the past year. As of the end of 2020, Hostpoint managed a total of 793,104 domains, an increase over the previous year of 20.6 percent.
The growth of hosted sites was also very positive. There are currently 290,847 websites and online stores that run on Hostpoint web hosting infrastructure, which represents an increase of 7.6 percent compared with 2019. Of these websites, 90,044 are operated with WordPress, the world's most popular content management system. With Hostpoint's web hosting products, customers can create an unlimited number of e-mail addresses with 5 GB of storage space each. As of the end of 2020, a total of 681,222 e-mail addresses were managed at Hostpoint (up 6.8 percent).
The total number of FreeSSL certificates offered by Hostpoint climbed by 25.2 percent to 321,217. Hostpoint has been active in various areas of digital security for many years. The growth and dissemination of the domain-validated SSL certificate from Let's Encrypt is a core concern for Hostpoint.
Working from home presents challenges and opportunities
The coronavirus pandemic has presented Hostpoint with several challenges. The company's entire operations had to be changed rapidly in spring 2020 to enable employees to work from home. Throughout the period when employees worked from home, Hostpoint continued to offer products, services and customer support to the usual high quality standards. Demand for certain products, such as Webshop and Sites, even rose during the lockdown in spring 2020. Hostpoint launched attractive offers for these products, including some free offers to support SMEs affected by the pandemic.
Despite some obstacles, working from home also presented some opportunities for establishing new forms of communication and collaboration. For example, in April 2020 Hostpoint launched its own video conference solution - Hostpoint Meet - which was made available to the public free of charge and without any restrictions. This offer was utilized very often, especially during the lockdown in 2020 and early 2021. "Particularly during this situation, it was important to us to be able to give something back to society," explains CEO Markus Gebert.
Hostpoint - The leading Swiss hosting and cloud provider
With 20 years of experience, Hostpoint is the largest web hosting provider in Switzerland. Hostpoint offers simple solutions from a single source - for domains, websites, web shops and e-mail. As a leading, ICANN-accredited domain registrar, Hostpoint manages around 800,000 domain names. With its ultra-modern infrastructure and servers based in Switzerland, Hostpoint ensures the stable operation of around 300,000 Swiss websites every day. The best support service in the industry provides individual, professional and efficient customer support in four languages, 365 days a year. The 100% owner-operated company based in Rapperswil-Jona SG employs 75 people.
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