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Liquid Web celebrates its 25th anniversary

  • liquid canvas was founded in 1997 by Matthew Hill while in high school, who died suddenly on July 13, 2022.
  • Madison Dearborn and the management team invested in the company with a vision to create a platform for small businesses.
  • Over the past 7 years, the company expanded its platform and support capabilities and increased its presence in the WordPress space with acquisitions.

Liquid Web, a popular cloud hosting and software solutions provider that focuses on small and medium businesses, celebrates a quarter century in business. Liquid Web was founded in 1997 by Matthew Hill, who died suddenly shortly before the company’s 25th anniversary. Hill founded the company while in high school and sold it in 2015. Madison Dearborn and the management team, including Jim Geiger, Joe Oesterling and Carrie Wheeler, invested in the company in 2015 and defined a vision to create a platform designed for SMEs. .

family of brands

The company has grown into a family of brands, including Liquid Web, Nexcess, StellarWP and Modern Tribe, which operates over 500,000 sites, supports over 175,000 software subscribers and over 2.5 million software users in free version. Since 2015, the company has added Managed WordPress, Premium Business Email, Managed WooCommerce Hosting, Protection and Remediation Services, VMware Private cloud, CloudFlare, Acronis Cyber ​​Backups, Managed Cloud Servers, VMware Private Cloud Multi-Tenant and Threat Stack to expand its platform and support capabilities. The company also expanded its presence in WordPress by adding companies such as iThemes, Restrict Content Pro, The Events Calendar, Iconic, KadenceWP, GiveWP, LearnDash and Modern Tribe to its portfolio and introduced a new branch of the business, StellarWP , an umbrella brand for all WordPress software offerings.

Jim Geiger, CEO of Liquid Web
Jim Geiger, CEO liquid web

Liquid Web also focuses on open-source software and platform. The company innovates with new features, curation solutions, and tools for customers who realize the power of open source. Liquid Web launched its first SaaS-a similar customer experience for buying, building and managing an online store with a product called StoreBuilder in 2021. In 2022, the company also launched LearnDash to integrate hosting and manage software solutions for the company to innovate e-commerce solutions on WordPress. Jim Geiger, CEO of Liquid Web, said:

“All of our efforts and strategies are aimed at helping small businesses make money online. We coined the term “web-dependent SMEs” because, for our customers, their online presence it’s their business. They don’t “set and forget” their website; it’s not a brochure, it’s not a hobby. Our platform(s) fuel their online business and, therefore, their livelihood.

We continue to believe that we can be at the forefront of providing simplified, high-performing, secure and organized solutions to accelerate online access, stay and growth for SMEs and creators. Our North Star, our strategic vision, is to continue to simplify online commerce, in all its forms, for new and existing online merchants by leveraging open-source solutions based on our infrastructure, software assets, industry expertise and world-class technical support. We celebrate this anniversary with great pride and appreciation for our customers who trust us with their business and our employees, the most helpful humans in hosting who set us apart as an industry leader. As we look to our future, we understand the responsibility we have to the businesses we support and will continue to focus on our goal of helping SMBs and their creators make money online. »

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