Top 10 Things We Accomplished in 2009

This year went by really fast. I feel like I worked on the Top 10 list for 2008 just yesterday. That is not to say that we didn’t accomplish anything in 2009. It’s actually quite the opposite. Despite the horrible state of the economy, we continued forward with our goal of innovating, working closer with the .NET community, and participating in social media.

In 2009, we spent a lot of resources improving our back end infrastructure and doing a lot of non-customer facing stuff. To the customer they won’t “see” this type of work, but our hosting infrastructure is much improved. However, for these Top 10 blog lists I want to focus more on the customer facing stuff so I do apologize in advance to our staff who worked hard on the back end stuff.

10.  We sponsored the Socal Code Camp 2009 and manned our first table at an event. We hope to do more of this in 2010 and meet customers and fellow developers.

9. We launched support for the IIS7 Failed Request Tracing Module along with enhancements in our control panel to manage the trace log file.

8. We gained a few more awards in 2009, including:
– We won the asp.netPRO 2009 Readers Choice Award for Best ASP.NET Hosting Services making this our 5th year in a row!
– We won the first ever Code Project Members Choice 2009 Award for Best ASP.NET Web Hosting Service!

7. We launched SQL 2008 Reporting Services as a new optional addon.

6. We launched MyLittleTools MyLittleAdmin SQL Web Manager for both SQL 2005 and SQL 2008.

5. We enhanced our Control Panel API with a SQL 2008 Backup API and a DNS Management API.

4. We launched support for Microsoft Web Deployment Tool v1 (MSDeploy) on our Windows 2008 hosting platform.

3. We launched a video resource site at A special thanks to Mark Wisecarver (wisemx) for producing very helpful video tutorials.

2. We maintained our social media presence through our blog, twitter and Facebook. Participating in social media does take time and resources, and continually producing compelling content is challenging. I think we’ve done a decent job at it. I hope you think so too. If you have any suggestions or have any feedback, please let us know.

1. We continued to offer the .NET community with an ASP.NET 4.0 Hosting Sandbox Program throughout the entire year and kept up to date with the new .NET framework 4 and MSDeploy releases. This is an open sandbox available to the public. Developers can get early experience with ASP.NET 4 and Visual Studio 2010, before it’s official release next year. We hope to continue to provide programs like this for the .NET community.

I also want to thank some new partners that are kindly offering special discounts on their products and services to our customers. More details on how to redeem discounts can be found in the Control Panel Marketplace. For more information on the partner’s products and services, please visit their web site.

VisualWebGui – $50 discount on Visual WebGui Professional Studio
GleamTech – 20% discount on file management software
Falafel Software – 10% off on training for Sitefinity CMS and Telerik components.

Have a safe and happy holiday season everyone!

Takeshi Eto
VP Marketing and Business Development

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