launched our millionth web site this month which propels
us into the ranks of a handful of other large web hosting
companies that have achieved this milestone. In 21 months
we've become a booming Internet property, which is amazing
considering our humble beginnings in a back room at a former
dance club. We grew so much that we were noticed by About.com
(the 10th largest Web property on the Internet) and then
purchased by them. (NASDAQ: BOUT). We believe this will
help us provide FreeServers.com members with a truly world
class web hosting experience, and look forward to being
able to continue developing tools and services for those
free web site owners and all of those people who continue
to discover what a great service we are providing when they
sign up for their own free web sites.
"We have been driving this thing at light speed since we
came out of the gate." says Hal Halladay, North Sky's CEO.
"Reaching one million sites is a significant milestone for
North Sky and our site-hosting community." We attribute
the meteoric growth of FreeServers.com to the grass roots
popularity of our web building tools and the unique ability
for site owners to incorporate their name or special interest
into the site address (i.e. halladay.freeservers.com). Halladay
also suggests the achievement is great for Utah; "This is
the place where it all started." With Utah in-mind, North
Sky developed and launched an honorary millionth site: www.thisistheplace.freeservers.com.
The site is a tribute to Utah.
FreeServers.com is owned by North Sky, Inc., and we started
our company in 1998 in a back room at the Star Palace, a
former dance club, in Provo, Utah. The company has since
grown to 45 employees and moved to the former WordPerfect/Novell
campus in Orem. Late last year, North Sky was purchased
by About.com (NASDAQ: BOUT), for $40 million in an all-stock
transaction. Media Metrix, a leader in Internet and Digital
Media measurements, has ranked About.com as a leading news,
information and entertainment Web property in the U.S. The
addition of FreeServers.com's million web sites and more
than 5 million unique visitors per month has moved About.com
to the # 10 Web property in the world (Media Metrix, January
our official press release at http://www.northsky.com/about/press/000314.html
for more information.