Last year we were humbled being recognized as the Best WordPress Web Host For 2020 in an independent study conducted by WordPress Expert and YouTube Influencer, Darrel Wilson where he ran a real-time comparison test against 14 of the top hosts in the industry.
This year I’m proud to announce that NameHero has been nominated as the Best Web Hosting Company of 2020, a prestigious annual award conducted by FindBestHost, one of the most trusted online brands for businesses and leaders of all kinds who look for hosting solutions.
We’d be honored to have your vote – it’s super quick and easy:
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You can vote for us once every 24 hours, voting ends January 15, 2021.
The NameHero Journey
About this time six years ago (Dec 2014), I was sitting in my condo in downtown Kansas City, Missouri grinding around the clock to bring NameHero to life.
I hated what I saw in the hosting industry.
Most of the “well known” brands had been “sold out” to large corporations, where “high quality” customer service seemed to be a thing of the past, as these companies implemented their aggressive revenue driven business models (i.e. more sales to drive stock price up).
People Above Profits
With NameHero, I wanted to do things a bit different: put the customer first and offer a high-quality web hosting package using the best of the best technology available.
Some of my closest industry friends told me I was crazy to start a web hosting company in 2014. They said there was too much competition and I’d never be able to compete against the billion dollar giants such as GoDaddy.
I decided to do it anyways.
You see, since 1998 I have been operating online based businesses, which meant if my website was down, I wasn’t making money, and if I wasn’t making money I wasn’t going to eat. I knew first hand just how much a single hour of downtime could cost.
Therefore I had spent over a decade perfecting a high-available solution for my own businesses – and I thought it would be so cool to make my same platform available to all individuals and small businesses, regardless the size of their website.
New Years Day 2015, I fired off a verbal agreement to acquire the domain “NameHero.com” as I wanted to rescue individuals/businesses from industry that had sold them out (literately). Shortly after we launched and have been moving forward ever since.
As we race towards the end of 2020, NameHero now proudly powers nearly 500,000+ websites across the globe, and we constantly evaluate our infrastructure to see where we can improve. Just recently we made a huge investment to offer NVMe storage on our Turbo and Business Cloud Web Hosting packages.
That’s Great Ryan, But How Do I Know NameHero Won’t Sell Out Like The Others?
I mentioned above that we put People Above Profits.
To put this more simply, money does not motivate me.
On a personal level, I got “caught up” in the materialism culture coming out of college in 2007. I thought life was all about having the most money, the coolest cars, the largest home.
You know what I found? A lot of emptiness.
Big homes, fast cars, even popping expensive bottles of liquor at Kim Kardashian’s 30th birthday party in Las Vegas — didn’t do it.
The more I made, the more I wanted.
I pushed people, relationships, and anything else that go in my path away to pursue money. I discovered the wisdom behind the old adage that “money doesn’t buy happiness.” I always thought that was cheesy and not true – but I found out first hand.
The day I launched NameHero, I told my then girlfriend, now wife – I was going to do things differently, focusing only on being of service to others. I told her to hold me accountable – and to this day – she still does!
A couple weeks ago I ran across a quote from someone I have a lot of respect for who said, “generosity is the antidote to more, more, more.”
I’ve discovered generosity comes in many different forms, not just writing a check to a charity (that’s easy), but mainly giving up the world’s greatest commodity, my time, to others.
Self sacrificing is where I’ve found true happiness and joy.
This is sometime I strive to practice in every facet of my life, not just with NameHero and our customers, but in all of my relationships.
Therefore I’ll make this loud and clear – public for everyone.
WE ARE NOT FOR SALE.
As we’ve rapidly grown over the years, there is not a month that goes by, where I don’t receive an email, phone call, or LinkedIn message with someone interested in acquiring NameHero. These go straight to trash without a response.
To put it simply, that doesn’t interest me. Money is a tool, but for me, it’s not the end all be all. You can walk up to me with $100,000,000+ in cash but you’ll be wasting your time. That road didn’t work for me.
I wakeup each day striving to be helpful for the 24 hours ahead and don’t worry too much about tomorrow.
Ray Kroc, founder of McDonald’s once said, “If you work just for money, you’ll never make it, but if you love what you’re doing and you always put the customer first, success will be yours.”
I hung this quote in my office and live by it.
Companies in the web hosting industry will continue to come and go. Some will grow. Some will sellout. Some will go out of business.
While all that’s going on, we’re going to continue doing what we do – and I vow to always work for you.
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.