This past July was my first-ever HostingCon.
Over the last decade, I’ve primarily attended and spoke at Affiliate Marketing and Ad Tech conferences around the United States.
With my launch of Name Hero in 2015, I decided to start finding more web hosting oriented shows to broaden my networking and conference marketing skills.
This led me to New Orleans in July for HostingCon where I held a speaking session on Inbound Content Marketing.
Being pretty experienced at Internet-based trade shows I knew the show had a certain “dead” feeling. Some of my industry friends were even talking about how the industry needed some “new comers.”
HostingCon Wraps Up For Good
My gut intuition was correct as HostingCon announced last week (during their final conference in Los Angeles) that they’re finished:
As you may have recently heard, Penton Information Services, including the HostingCon brand, was recently acquired by Informa. Operating at the heart of the Knowledge & Information Economy, Informa is a leading business intelligence, academic publishing, knowledge, and events business. The combination of the two businesses adds balance and breadth to our portfolio, further expanding upon valuable insights for the hosting space and provides increased opportunity to learn, network and grow via a robust lineup of technology events. Due to this change and substantial shifts in the market we have made the strategic decision that HostingCon Global 2017 will be our last HostingCon Event. Read Full Announcement
Unfortunately I wasn’t able to make the show, but I would assume this announcement took any momentum/excitement away from it. Perhaps it was intentional?
I get that web hosting is “old school” but the industry is evolving into what I consider one of the biggest opportunities for Entrepreneurs. With a handful of big corporations now controlling the “majority” of the larger brands, it opens up numerous opportunities to niche-based companies to come in and make a splash.
We’re taking a stab at the Reseller market and have send very solid growth over the last two years – and have no plans on slowing down :).
cPanel Conference September 26-27th
With that said, I have to fill the void, so it looks like next on my list is the cPanel Conference this coming fall.
From their website, details are still somewhat limited, but the fact it’s going to be held in Fort Lauderdale has won me over. I’m just hoping no hurricanes (always worry around Aug/Sept).
I’m undecided if I want to do a speaking session or not, but will definitely post details here on the blog if I decide to host one!
Pictures From HostingCon New Orleans
In the meantime, here are some pics from my one and only HostingCon:
Ryan Gray is the founder and CEO of NameHero, one of the fastest growing independent web hosts in the United States. Ryan has been working online since 1998 and has over two-decades experience in Internet Entrepreneurship.