08.06.2021 – 07:00
Hostpoint celebrates its 20th anniversary and looks back on a successful history
Twenty years ago, three young entrepreneurs from Rapperswil-Jona founded what is now the largest and most trusted web hosting provider and domain registrar in Switzerland. To celebrate this important anniversary, Hostpoint is taking a look back and highlighting the most important milestones in the company's history.
The internet has changed drastically since Hostpoint was founded in 2001. At that time, web hosting services were much more limited in scope and tended to be costly, complex and scarcely automated. Markus Gebert, Claudius Röllin and Sandro Bertschinger recognized a great deal of potential in these services, and wanted to provide powerful, easy-to-use web hosting and e-mail services to their customers.
Over the years, Hostpoint grew to become the largest provider of web hosting services and the leading domain registrar in Switzerland, while at the same time bearing witness to a number of key developments in the digital world. These included the rise of social media and the breakthrough of mobile internet use, as well as ever-growing volumes of data traffic, tougher data protection requirements and the continuous advancement of technology. During this time, Hostpoint was able to keep growing and expand its range of products in a targeted manner.
A pioneer in web hosting management software
Hostpoint's first major milestone was the introduction of the "Hostpoint Control Panel" in 2007, a management software for web hosting services that was fully developed by Hostpoint. From early on, two aspects were important to Hostpoint: to develop key elements of their software themselves and to rely on Switzerland as the location for the development process as well as the infrastructure itself.
Over the years, the company invested in the diversification of their own range of products and services. In 2004, they launched "web-o-mat" - a website toolbox that served as their entry into the software as a service business (SaaS). The solution was replaced by "Sites" in 2011; the e-commerce solution "Webshop" was added in the same year. Hostpoint has also offered managed server products since 2010. In 2019, the managed server was replaced by the virtualized "Managed Flex Server".
20 years of steady growth in terms of turnover and company size
Over the past 20 years, Hostpoint has enjoyed consistent, organic growth in terms of both turnover and the number of employees. The company first crossed the CHF 10 million mark in 2013, before exceeding the CHF 20 million mark five years later. In recent years, turnover has increased by around 10 percent annually, and reached a record CHF 24 million in 2020.
The number of employees has also grown steadily over the past two decades. Ever since Hostpoint significantly expanded its support services in 2008, more employees have worked in the Customer Service department than in all other departments combined. However, despite the tough competition, Hostpoint has consistently been able to find highly trained personnel for its other main departments Software Development and System Engineering and, thanks to excellent working conditions, has managed to hold on to these employees for the long term.
Milestones in the history of Hostpoint and the digital world since 2001
In honor of its 20th anniversary, Hostpoint has decided to take a look back at the past two decades and to present the milestones in the company's history alongside key events in the history of the internet. Interested visitors can read more about Hostpoint's history on a special website dedicated to this topic and, at the same time, can take part in Hostpoint's 20th anniversary contest to win attractive prizes.
For more information about Hostpoint's history and the anniversary contest, go to:
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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