Almost one year ago today, I signed the first ever term sheet in my life. Basically, I took money from investors, in return for equity in an idea I had, which seemed to have some legs, and the investors believed I was crazy, yet capable enough of making it grow. Thank you Gabriel Weinberg , and friends, for trusting me with your money. Since then, we’ve built a team of 6 awesome individuals, with one goal.
Our goal then, and today is the same. To build the best environment for businesses to build and host their websites.
We introduced some new concepts to the hosting industry, we were the first to stop using bandwidth and disk space as a means to pick a hosting plan. I always found those metrics confusing, more so, I used to get a lot of calls from people who had no clue how much disk space their website took up. It’s an internal metric for hosting companies, not website owners.
So, we came up with a plan that everyone would understand. I looked at the wedding industry, and borrowed from it. The more people that attend your wedding reception, the more you’ll end up paying for it. Hence, visitor based pricing was born. It seems obvious now, but go look at hosting plans prior to 2010, no one else did it. This idea took off, we were able to
deliver on our promises, and make people very happy. As we went from less than 100 sites, to over 4000, we noticed how people worked with their sites, and our system. Overall people are happy, but there’s always ways to make people happier. Today we’re launching something that will make existing, and new customers happier.
Announcing “My ZippyKid”, it’s a new way to work with WordPress sites, it’s the result of analyzing over 7000 help desk tickets, emails, phone calls (pre sales and support).
Here are some highlights of what’s coming.
- Single sign on- If you want to, you can now sign up with your Facebook or Google account (Twitter and LinkedIn coming soon).
- Collaborators – We borrowed this from Github, and other code repository sites, if you need to invite a programmer to work on your site, just add him as a collaborator. No need to hunt for FTP credentials and other technical jargon he’s asking for. More importantly, you never need to send it over email any more
- Zippy Clone – We see a lot of you building sites for specific verticals. We see the amount of time you put in to get each site up and running, with the same base template. Now, you’ll be able to take any site on our system, tweak it, and then when you’re happy with it, launch as many copies of it as you want. (Master templates coming in Q3 2012).
If you would like to joint the beta, go to zippykid.com/beta/ to get in line for the beta, we’ll be inviting people starting Tuesday, April 10th.